LATEST

Toyota leads Audi after eight hours at Le Mans

Speedcafe.com

Sunday 15th June, 2014 - 7:00am

Share:

The #7 Toyota has led for much of the opening eight hours

The #7 Toyota has led for much of the opening eight hours

The #7 Toyota holds a comfortable lead over the chasing Audis after a rain-hit opening third of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The Stephane Sarrazin/Alex Wurz/Kazuki Nakajima #7 Toyota has led for much of the first eight hours, falling back only when forced to pit for wets under a Safety Car in the third hour.

The Marcel Fassler/Andre Lotterer/Benoit Treluyer #2 Audi is over half a lap adrift of the leader in second, with the R18s simply unable to match the pace of their Japanese rivals.

The #1 Audi of Lucas di Grassi/Tom Kristensen/Marc Gene sits third ahead of the #20 Mark Webber/Brendon Hartley/Timo Bernhard Porsche.

The Porsche led the race during the third and fourth hours before Hartley pitted with a suspected puncture, putting the 919 Hybrid out of sequence with its rivals.

The #20 entry then dropped off the lead lap in Hour 7 when Hartley spent two minutes up the escape road at Arnage, before handing over to Webber for the Australian’s first laps in the race.

Each of the three manufacturers has earlier seen one of their cars bow out of contention in the early going.

The #14 Porsche was forced to the garage to fix fuel pressure problems after little more than half an hour.

Dropping to the tail of the field, the driving crew of Romain Dumas/Neel Jani/Marc Lieb have recovered to sit fifth after eight hours, albeit five laps adrift of the lead.

The #8 Toyota and #3 Audi were both heavily damaged in a multi-car accident on the Mulsanne during the first of the rain showers during the second hour.

Nicolas Lapierre spun the Toyota into the Marco Bonanomi driven Audi, costing the former 50 minutes and putting the latter out of the race completely.

There was also early drama for Nissan’s Garage 56 ZEOD entry, which stopped on the circuit after just 20 minutes with a terminal gearbox failure.

The disappointment came after the hybrid had completed its first fully electric lap of the weekend in the pre-race warm-up.

The class battles are being led by the #35 Oak Ligier (LMP2), #97 Aston Martin (GTE Pro) and #98 Aston Martin (GTE Am) at the one-third distance marker.

Among the early LMP2 casualties was the #41 Greaves Zytek-Nissan co-driven by James Winslow.

The Australian-based Briton had started the race before handing over to co-driver Michael Munemann, who crashed during a rain shower in the third hour.

Australian Steve Wyatt did not get to cut racing lap in the GTE Am pole-sitting #81 AF Corse Ferrari after Bird was involved in the Lapierre/Bonanomi crash in the early going.

Order after Hour 8

Pos Class No. Car Drivers Laps
1 LMP1 #7 Toyota Wurz/Sarrazin/Nakajima 119
2 LMP1 #2 Audi Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer 119
3 LMP1 #1 Audi Di Grassi/Gene/Kristensen 118
4 LMP1 #20 Porsche Bernhard/Webber/Hartley 117
5 LMP1 #12 Rebellion Prost/Heidfeld/Beche 114
6 LMP1 #14 Porsche Dumas/Jani/Lieb 114
7 LMP1 #8 Toyota Davidson/Lapierre/Buemi 110
8 LMP2 #35 Ligier Brundle/Mardenborough/Shulzhitskiy 110
9 LMP2 #46 Ligier Thiriet/Badey/Gommendy 110
10 LMP2 #34 Oreca Frey/Mailleux/Lancaster 110
11 LMP2 #36 Alpine Chatin/Panciatici/Webb 110
12 LMP2 #26 Morgan Rusinov/Pla/Canal 109
13 LMP2 #38 Zytek Dolan/Tincknell/Turvey 109
14 LMP2 #24 Oreca Rast/Charouz/Capillaire 109
15 LMP2 #43 Morgan Klien/Hirsch/Brandela 108
16 LMP2 #33 Ligier Cheng/Tung/Fong 107
17 LMP2 #50 Morgan Ragues/Taylor/Ihara 106
18 GTEP #97 Aston Turner/Mucke/Senna 105
19 GTEP #74 Chevrolet Gavin/Milner/Westbrook 105
20 GTEP #51 Ferrari Bruni/Vilander/Fisichella 105
21 GTEP #92 Porsche Holzer/Makowiecki/Lietz 105
22 GTEP #91 Porsche Pilet/Bergmeister/Tandy 104
23 GTEA #98 Aston Dalla Lana/Lamy/Nygaard 104
24 GTEP #73 Chevrolet Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor 104
25 GTEA #95 Aston Poulsen/Heinemeier-Hansson/Thiim 104
26 GTEA #72 Ferrari Bertolini/Shaitar/Basov 103
27 LMP2 #29 Morgan Schell/Leutwiller/Roussel 103
28 GTEA #88 Porsche Ried/Bachler/Al Qubaisi 103
29 GTEA #61 Ferrari Perez-Companc/Cioci/Venturi 102
30 GTEA #77 Porsche Dempsey/Foster/Long 102
31 GTEA #90 Ferrari Montecalvo/Roda/Ruberti 102
32 LMP2 #42 Zytek Kimber-Smith/McMurry/Dyson 102
33 GTEA #57 Ferrari Krohn/Jonsson/Collins 102
34 GTEA #70 Ferrari Nakano/Ehret/Rich 101
35 GTEA #67 Porsche Maris/Merlin/Helary 101
36 GTEA #60 Ferrari Mann/Case/Giammaria 101
37 GTEA #75 Porsche Perrodo/Collard/Palttala 101
38 GTEA #58 Ferrari Barthez/Pons/Ayari 101
39 GTEA #66 Ferrari Al Faisal/Neiman/Pumpelly 99
40 LMP2 #27 Oreca Zlobin/Salo/Ladygin 99
41 GTEA #76 Porsche Narac/Armindo/Hallyday 99
42 GTEP #79 Porsche MacNeil/Curtis/Bleekemolen 96
43 GTEA #62 Ferrari Mallegol/Bachelier/Blank 96
44 GTEA #53 Ferrari Mowlem/Patterson/Hamilton 90
45 GTEP #52 Ferrari Griffin/Parente/Leo 84
46 LMP2 #48 Oreca Berthon/Gonzalez/Chandhok 73
47 LMP2 #47 Oreca Howson/Bradley/Imperatori 87
48 LMP1 #13 Rebellion Kraihamer/Belicchi/Leimer 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

 

 

Speedcafe.com comment policy

Comments require approval before being published. Speedcafe.com reserves the right to deny any post that is abusive or offtopic.

Users are encouraged to flag/report comments which should be removed.

Some comments may require approval before being published which can take up to 48 hours.

For support, please contact [email protected]

Speedcafe.com has been established to provide a daily motorsport news service to the industry and fans in Australia and internationally.

Read the Speedcafe.com promise
Newsletter

Subscribe to our daily newsletter, the best way to get your news first, fast, and free!