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Sunday 15th June, 2014 - 3:00pm

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The #2 Audi led at two-thirds distance

The #2 Audi led at two-thirds distance

The #2 Audi holds a three-lap lead at two-thirds distance in the Le Mans 24 Hours after a dramatic exit for the previously dominant #7 Toyota.

The Alex Wurz/Stephane Sarrazin/Kazuki Nakajima Toyota had led for much of the first 14 hours before stopping on the circuit with an electrical fire.

The trio had enjoyed as much as a lap lead over its nearest rival during the night as Toyota eyed its first Le Mans victory.

The #2 Audi of Marcel Fassler/Andre Lotterer/Benoit Treluyer now enjoys a three-lap advantage over its sister #1 Lucas di Grassi/Marc Gene/Tom Kristensen entry with eight hours remaining.

The #1 Audi lost three laps when it stopped on track at the end of the 11th hour with Kristensen at the wheel.

The Dane was able to refire the car before taking it back to the pits, where the team performed an injector change.

The trio fell behind the Mark Webber/Brendon Hartley/Timo Bernhard Porsche but regained the spot during the 15th hour.

Webber performed much of the heavy lifting in the #20 Porsche during the middle third of the race, completing a quadruple stint in a car that’s so far proven reliable, if not as quick as its main rivals.

The #8 Toyota has recovered to fourth after falling out of contention with its accident in the second hour. It sits 10 laps from the lead.

The second Porsche, which endured the first of several problems as early as the first hour, is a further lap down in fifth.

The LMP2, GTE Pro and GTE Am battles were being led by the #35 Oak Ligier, #51 AF Corse Ferrari and #95 Aston Martin respectively at the end of the 16th hour.

Order after Hour 16

Pos Class No. Car Drivers Laps
1 LMP1 #2 Audi Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer 252
2 LMP1 #1 Audi Di Grassi/Gene/Kristensen 249
3 LMP1 #20 Porsche Bernhard/Webber/Hartley 249
4 LMP1 #8 Toyota Davidson/Lapierre/Buemi 241
5 LMP1 #14 Porsche Dumas/Jani/Lieb 240
6 LMP2 #35 Ligier Brundle/Mardenborough/Shulzhitskiy 235
7 LMP2 #36 Alpine Chatin/Panciatici/Webb 235
8 LMP2 #46 Ligier Thiriet/Badey/Gommendy 234
9 LMP2 #34 Oreca Frey/Mailleux/Lancaster 233
10 LMP1 #12 Rebellion Prost/Heidfeld/Beche 233
11 LMP2 #38 Zytek Dolan/Tincknell/Turvey 232
12 LMP2 #24 Oreca Rast/Charouz/Capillaire 231
13 LMP2 #43 Morgan Klien/Hirsch/Brandela 230
14 LMP2 #33 Ligier Cheng/Tung/Fong 227
15 LMP2 #42 Zytek Kimber-Smith/McMurry/Dyson 224
16 GTEP #51 Ferrari Bruni/Vilander/Fisichella 223
17 GTEP #97 Aston Turner/Mucke/Senna 223
18 GTEP #92 Porsche Holzer/Makowiecki/Lietz 222
19 LMP2 #29 Morgan Schell/Leutwiller/Roussel 221
20 GTEP #73 Chevrolet Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor 221
21 LMP2 #50 Morgan Ragues/Taylor/Ihara 220
22 LMP2 #27 Oreca Zlobin/Salo/Ladygin 220
23 GTEP #74 Chevrolet Gavin/Milner/Westbrook 220
24 GTEA #95 Aston Poulsen/Heinemeier-Hansson/Thiim 220
25 GTEA #88 Porsche Ried/Bachler/Al Qubaisi 217
26 GTEA #61 Ferrari Perez-Companc/Cioci/Venturi 216
27 GTEA #90 Ferrari Montecalvo/Roda/Ruberti 216
28 GTEA #57 Ferrari Krohn/Jonsson/Collins 216
29 GTEA #77 Porsche Dempsey/Foster/Long 215
30 GTEA #70 Ferrari Nakano/Ehret/Rich 215
31 GTEA #58 Ferrari Barthez/Pons/Ayari 214
32 GTEA #66 Ferrari Al Faisal/Neiman/Pumpelly 213
33 GTEA #76 Porsche Narac/Armindo/Hallyday 213
34 GTEA #98 Aston Dalla Lana/Lamy/Nygaard 212
35 GTEA #67 Porsche Maris/Merlin/Helary 210
36 GTEP #79 Porsche MacNeil/Curtis/Bleekemolen 208
37 GTEA #53 Ferrari Mowlem/Patterson/Hamilton 205
38 GTEA #72 Ferrari Bertolini/Shaitar/Basov 196
39 GTEP #91 Porsche Pilet/Bergmeister/Tandy 193
40 GTEA #62 Ferrari Mallegol/Bachelier/Blank 188
41 GTEA #75 Porsche Perrodo/Collard/Palttala 180
42 GTEP #52 Ferrari Griffin/Parente/Leo 140
43 LMP1 #7 Toyota Wurz/Sarrazin/Nakajima 219
44 LMP2 #26 Morgan Rusinov/Pla/Canal 120
45 GTEA #60 Ferrari Mann/Case/Giammaria 115
46 LMP2 #47 Oreca Howson/Bradley/Imperatori 87
47 LMP1 #13 Rebellion Kraihamer/Belicchi/Leimer 73
48 LMP2 #48 Oreca Berthon/Gonzalez/Chandhok 73
49 LMP2 #41 Zytek Munemman/Latif/Winslow 31
50 GTEP #71 Ferrari Rigon/Kaffer/Beretta 28
51 LMP1 #3 Audi Albuquerque/Bonanomi/Jarvis 25
52 GTEA #81 Ferrari Wyatt/Rugolo/Bird 22
53 LMP2 #37 Oreca Ladygin/Minassian/Mediani 9
54 CDNT #0 Nissan Ordonez/Reip/Motoyama 5

 

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