Tandy leads Le Mans for Porsche by nine laps at the halfway mark

Porsche leads the Le Mans 24 Hours by nine laps at the halfway point after Toyota's victory bid evaporated in the preceding two hours.

Tandy leads Le Mans for Porsche by nine laps at the halfway mark

Porsche leads the Le Mans 24 Hours by nine laps at the halfway point after Toyota's victory bid evaporated in the preceding two hours.

The #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid with Nick Tandy at the wheel led the chasing LMP2 pack by more than 10 laps at the 12-hour mark.

Nick Tandy has cut his pace and is now lapping in the mid- to-high 3m20s bracket in the car he shares with Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer.

The second Porsche is 16th behind 14 LMP2s after requiring a change of motor-generator unit early in the race.

The car shared by Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber lies 19 laps off the lead after an early change of MGU, but is on schedule to take second should it run reliably to the finish.

The sole Toyota remaining lies in 47th position after the car shared by Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima required new MGU.

The #7 and #9 Toyotas respectively went out of the race with a clutch problem and accident damage.

NO LET UP FROM REBELLION IN LMP2

The Rebellion Racing squad still has control in LMP2, with the #31 ORECA of Nicolas Prost holding the lead in second place overall.

One or the other of the two Rebellion entries has led since moving to the front during the first hour, with only occasional interruptions during pitstop sequences.

The #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA, currently driven by Ho-Pin Tung, is the only other car that has had brief stints at the front recently and ran second at the end of the hour ahead of making its 19th pitstop.

This means the #13 Rebellion ORECA that David Heinemeier Hansson took over from Mathias Beche during the twelfth hour is down in third, 55.7s off the lead.

The # 35 Signatech ORECA of Pierre Ragues runs fourth ahead of the #40 Graff ORECA of Franck Matelli.

The #25 Manor ORECA has officially retired after Trummer's accident in the previous hour.

ASTON MARTIN ONE-TWO IN GTE

The two factor Aston Martins led the way in GTE Pro after 12 hours, Richie Stanaway leading Jonny Adam.

Alessandro Pier Guidi was glued to Stanaway's tail in third place.

The #84 JMW Ferrari continues to lead in GTE Pro with Dries Vanthoor behind the wheel.

POSITIONS AFTER 12 HOURS

Pos Class Car Drivers Laps Gap
1 LMP1 #1 Porsche Jani, Lotterer, Tandy 187
2 LMP2 #31 Oreca Prost, Canal, Senna 178 + 9 Laps
3 LMP2 #38 Oreca Tung, Laurent, Jarvis 177 + 10 Laps
4 LMP2 #13 Oreca Piquet Jr, H. Hansson, Beche 177 + 39.817s
5 LMP2 #35 Alpine Panciatici, Ragues, Negrao 176 + 11 Laps
6 LMP2 #40 Oreca Allen, Matelli, Bradley 176 + 46.148s
7 LMP2 #24 Oreca Graves, Hirschi, Vergne 176 + 56.600s
8 LMP2 #32 Ligier Owen, De Sadeleer, Albuquerque 175 + 12 Laps
9 LMP2 #37 Oreca Cheng, Gommendy, Brundle 175 + 1m07.181s
10 LMP2 #23 Ligier Barthez, Buret, Berthon 172 + 15 Laps
11 LMP2 #21 Oreca Hedman, Hanley, Rosenqvist 172 + 2m08.722s
12 LMP2 #28 Oreca Perrodo, Vaxiviere, Collard 172 + 2m23.773s
13 LMP2 #34 Ligier Moore, Hanson, Chandhok 171 + 16 Laps
14 LMP2 #47 Dallara Lacorte, Sernagiotto, Belicchi 170 + 17 Laps
15 LMP2 #39 Oreca Guibbert, Trouillet, Winslow 170 + 31.633s
16 LMP1 #2 Porsche Bernhard, Bamber, Hartley 169 + 18 Laps
17 LMP2 #33 Ligier Nicolet, Nicolet, Maris 167 + 20 Laps
18 GTE Pro #95 Aston Thiim, Sorensen, Stanaway 165 + 22 Laps
19 GTE Pro #97 Aston Turner, Adam, Serra 165 + 3.120s
20 GTE Pro #51 Ferrari Calado, Pier Guidi, Rugolo 165 + 10.400s
21 GTE Pro #71 Ferrari Rigon, Bird, Molina 165 + 50.488s
22 GTE Pro #91 Porsche Lietz, Makowiecki, Pilet 165 + 51.092s
23 GTE Pro #92 Porsche Christensen, Estre, Werner 165 + 1m03.277s
24 GTE Pro #67 Ford Priaulx, Tincknell, Derani 165 + 1m42.429s
25 GTE Pro #68 Ford Hand, Muller, Kanaan 164 + 23 Laps
26 GTE Pro #63 Chevrolet Magnussen, Garcia, Taylor 164 + 1.478s
27 LMP2 #17 Ligier Lafargue, Lafargue, Zollinger 164 + 44.443s
28 GTE Pro #69 Ford Briscoe, Westbrook, Dixon 164 + 58.342s
29 LMP2 #29 Dallara Lammers, Van Eerd, Barrichello 164 + 2m17.137s
30 LMP2 #36 Alpine Dumas, Menezes, Rao 163 + 24 Laps
31 GTE Am #84 Ferrari Smith, Stevens, Vanthoor 162 + 25 Laps
32 GTE Am #90 Aston Yoluc, Hankey, Bell 161 + 26 Laps
33 LMP2 #45 Ligier Patterson, Mcmurry, Capillaire 161 + 7.122s
34 GTE Am #77 Porsche Ried, Cairoli, Dienst 161 + 7.614s
35 GTE Am #62 Ferrari Macneil, Sweedler, Bell 161 + 1m47.169s
36 GTE Am #55 Ferrari Cameron, Scott, Cioci 161 + 1m52.463s
37 GTE Pro #64 Chevrolet Gavin, Milner, Fassler 161 + 2m48.896s
38 LMP2 #27 Dallara Aleshin, Sirotkin, Shaitar 160 + 27 Laps
39 GTE Am #99 Aston Howard, Gunn, Bryant 160 + 18m44.125s
40 GTE Am #61 Ferrari Mok, Sawa, Griffin 160 + 20m20.257s
41 GTE Am #93 Porsche Long, Al Faisal, Hedlund 159 + 28 Laps
42 GTE Am #83 Ferrari Krohn, Jonsson, Bertolini 159 + 1.916s
43 GTE Am #65 Ferrari Nielsen, Balzan, Curtis 159 + 1m27.710s
44 GTE Am #86 Porsche Wainwright, Barker, Foster 159 + 2m13.869s
45 GTE Pro #66 Ford Mucke, Pla, Johnson 158 + 29 Laps
46 GTE Am #98 Aston Dalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda 158 + 1m48.359s
47 LMP1 #8 Toyota Buemi, Davidson, Nakajima 158 + 1m49.220s
48 GTE Am #54 Ferrari Flohr, Castellacci, Beretta 158 + 2m55.487s
49 GTE Am #60 Ferrari Wee, Katoh, Parente 157 + 30 Laps
50 LMP2 #22 Oreca Rojas, Hirakawa, Gutierrez 153 + 34 Laps
51 LMP2 #43 Riley Keating, Bleekemolen, Taylor 148 + 39 Laps
52 GTE Am #50 Chevrolet Rees, Brandela, Philippon 148 + 2m36.080s
53 LMP2 #49 Ligier Konopka, Calko, Breukers 133 + 54 Laps
54 LMP1 #9 Toyota Lapierre, Kunimoto, Lopez 160 Retired
55 LMP1 #7 Toyota Conway, Kobayashi, Sarrazin 154 Retired
56 LMP2 #25 Oreca Gonzalez, Trummer, Petrov 152 Retired
57 GTE Pro #82 Ferrari Vilander, Fisichella, Kaffer 72 Retired
58 LMP2 #26 Oreca Rusinov, Thiriet, Lynn 20 Retired
59 GTE Am #88 Porsche Bachler, Lemeret, Al Qubaisi 18 Retired
60 LMP1 #4 Enso Webb, Kraihamer, Bonanomi 7 Retired
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