Toyota's fading Le Mans hopes disappear as Porsche takes huge lead

Toyota's fading hope of a first Le Mans 24 Hours victory has disappeared after its #9 entry sustained rear-end damage in the wake of a puncture, giving Porsche a huge lead

Toyota's fading Le Mans hopes disappear as Porsche takes huge lead

Nicolas Lapierre was running second and a lap down on the leading Porsche in the previous hour when it spun into the gravel on the entry to the Dunlop Chicane after sustaining a puncture.

It appeared that the flailing left-rear tyre caused the rear-end damage as Lapierre attempted to recover.

Lapierre initially made it as far as the exit of Mulsanne Corner before grinding to a halt.

He got going again and was within sight of the pitlane entry after making it through the Porsche Curves and onto the short straight before the Ford Chicane when the car stopped for good.

The demise of the #9 car, which followed the retirement of #7 TS050 with a clutch problem, means that the only Toyota left in the race is the #8 car.

It is 28 laps in arreas after undergoing a front motor generator unit change.

Nick Tandy leads the race in the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid by a margin of eight laps from the best of the LMP2 runners.

The second Porsche, which has also undergone a change of MGU, is down in 16th place in the hands of Earl Bamber.

REBELLION RUNS ONE-TWO IN LMP2

The #31 Rebellion ORECA of Nicolas Prost continues to lead from the sister #13 machine of Mathias Beche.

The #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing machine of Thomas Laurent holds third, with the leading trio having a big advantage up front.

Richard Bradley runs fourth in the #40 Graff ORECA, which is a lap off the lead, ahead of the #35 Signatech ORECA of Negrao.

Simon Trummer had held fourth place in the #25 Manor ORECA, but suffered a big accident early in the hour at Dunlop that contributed to the safety car being deployed.

The sister #24 car is still running in seventh in the hands of Jean-Eric Vergne, which is one place behind he #37 Jackie Chan DC ORECA of Alex Brundle.

FERRARI LEADS GTE PRO

James Calado leads GTE Pro in the #51 Ferrari ahead of the #97 and #95 Aston Martins of Jonny Adam and Richie Stanaway.

The safety car split the leading runners, with the second half of the top 10 intially in the second group, which was then joined by the #91 Porsche of Pilet when he had to make his stop.

The #84 JMW Ferrari of Dries Vanthoor leads the GTE Am class.

POSITIONS AFTER 11 HOURS

Pos Class Car Drivers Laps Gap
1 LMP1 #1 Porsche Jani, Lotterer, Tandy 170
2 LMP2 #31 Oreca Prost, Canal, Senna 162 + 8 Laps
3 LMP2 #13 Oreca Piquet Jr, H. Hansson, Beche 162 + 32.987s
4 LMP2 #38 Oreca Tung, Laurent, Jarvis 161 + 9 Laps
5 LMP2 #40 Oreca Allen, Matelli, Bradley 160 + 10 Laps
6 LMP2 #35 Alpine Panciatici, Ragues, Negrao 160 + 4.040s
7 LMP2 #37 Oreca Cheng, Gommendy, Brundle 160 + 1m01.025s
8 LMP2 #24 Oreca Graves, Hirschi, Vergne 160 + 1m01.686s
9 LMP2 #32 Ligier Owen, De Sadeleer, Albuquerque 160 + 1m20.641s
10 LMP2 #47 Dallara Lacorte, Sernagiotto, Belicchi 158 + 12 Laps
11 LMP2 #23 Ligier Barthez, Buret, Berthon 157 + 13 Laps
12 LMP2 #21 Oreca Hedman, Hanley, Rosenqvist 156 + 14 Laps
13 LMP2 #34 Ligier Moore, Hanson, Chandhok 156 + 32.429s
14 LMP2 #28 Oreca Perrodo, Vaxiviere, Collard 155 + 15 Laps
15 LMP2 #39 Oreca Guibbert, Trouillet, Winslow 155 + 2m28.203s
16 LMP2 #25 Oreca Gonzalez, Trummer, Petrov 152 + 18 Laps
17 LMP1 #2 Porsche Bernhard, Bamber, Hartley 152 + 49m22.011s
18 LMP2 #33 Ligier Nicolet, Nicolet, Maris 152 + 50m03.327s
19 GTE Pro #51 Ferrari Calado, Pier Guidi, Rugolo 150 + 20 Laps
20 GTE Pro #97 Aston Turner, Adam, Serra 150 + 2.567s
21 GTE Pro #95 Aston Thiim, Sorensen, Stanaway 150 + 5.255s
22 GTE Pro #91 Porsche Lietz, Makowiecki, Pilet 150 + 1m00.003s
23 GTE Pro #71 Ferrari Rigon, Bird, Molina 150 + 1m03.030s
24 GTE Pro #92 Porsche Christensen, Estre, Werner 150 + 1m26.730s
25 GTE Pro #68 Ford Hand, Muller, Kanaan 150 + 2m11.436s
26 GTE Pro #67 Ford Priaulx, Tincknell, Derani 150 + 2m19.209s
27 GTE Pro #63 Chevrolet Magnussen, Garcia, Taylor 149 + 21 Laps
28 GTE Pro #69 Ford Briscoe, Westbrook, Dixon 149 + 2.651s
29 LMP2 #27 Dallara Aleshin, Sirotkin, Shaitar 149 + 20.605s
30 LMP2 #17 Ligier Lafargue, Lafargue, Zollinger 149 + 2m35.918s
31 LMP2 #29 Dallara Lammers, Van Eerd, Barrichello 148 + 22 Laps
32 GTE Am #84 Ferrari Smith, Stevens, Vanthoor 148 + 1m45.333s
33 LMP2 #36 Alpine Dumas, Menezes, Rao 147 + 23 Laps
34 GTE Am #77 Porsche Ried, Cairoli, Dienst 147 + 1m05.279s
35 GTE Am #90 Aston Yoluc, Hankey, Bell 147 + 1m12.825s
36 GTE Am #55 Ferrari Cameron, Scott, Cioci 146 + 24 Laps
37 GTE Am #62 Ferrari Macneil, Sweedler, Bell 146 + 9.112s
38 GTE Pro #64 Chevrolet Gavin, Milner, Fassler 146 + 2m45.444s
39 GTE Am #99 Aston Howard, Gunn, Bryant 146 + 2m54.651s
40 LMP2 #45 Ligier Patterson, Mcmurry, Capillaire 146 + 3m18.619s
41 GTE Am #65 Ferrari Nielsen, Balzan, Curtis 145 + 25 Laps
42 GTE Am #61 Ferrari Mok, Sawa, Griffin 145 + 1.597s
43 GTE Am #93 Porsche Long, Al Faisal, Hedlund 145 + 7.754s
44 GTE Am #83 Ferrari Krohn, Jonsson, Bertolini 145 + 2m16.511s
45 GTE Am #86 Porsche Wainwright, Barker, Foster 144 + 26 Laps
46 GTE Pro #66 Ford Mucke, Pla, Johnson 144 + 1m52.376s
47 GTE Am #98 Aston Dalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda 143 + 27 Laps
48 LMP2 #22 Oreca Rojas, Hirakawa, Gutierrez 143 + 5.343s
49 GTE Am #54 Ferrari Flohr, Castellacci, Beretta 143 + 1m09.915s
50 GTE Am #50 Chevrolet Rees, Brandela, Philippon 143 + 1m50.485s
51 GTE Am #60 Ferrari Wee, Katoh, Parente 142 + 28 Laps
52 LMP1 #8 Toyota Buemi, Davidson, Nakajima 141 + 29 Laps
53 LMP2 #43 Riley Keating, Bleekemolen, Taylor 133 + 37 Laps
54 LMP2 #49 Ligier Konopka, Calko, Breukers 122 + 48 Laps
55 LMP1 #9 Toyota Lapierre, Kunimoto, Lopez 160 Retired
56 LMP1 #7 Toyota Conway, Kobayashi, Sarrazin 154 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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