LM24 6 Hour Report: Lopez heads for Toyota while Ferrari place 1-2 in LMGTE Pro
No.7 Toyota GR010 HYBRID Hypercar leads at quarter distance after brief shower causes several accidents at start of sixth hour.
Kamui Kobayashi drives majority of third to six hours before handing over to Jose-Maria Lopez, who maintains healthy lead over sister Toyota driven by Brendon Hartley.
Ferrari maintain 1-2 in LMGTE Pro, but all change in LMP2 as No.41 Team WRT car takes lead after multiple incidents occur as rain arrives.
No.33 TF Sport to the fore in LMGTE Am category after No. 98 Aston Martin car crashes heavily at start of fourth hour.
Below are the main headlines following the first six hours.
• No.7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Hypercar holds 70-second advantage overall and in Hypercar category after six hours racing at Le Mans
• Brendon Hartley in No.8 Toyota closes gap to No.7 car to 9-seconds in fifth hour
• But Jose-Maria Lopez, who takes over from Kobayashi extends lead as Toyota splits cars tyre strategy with No.7 on slicks and No.8 on inters in changeable conditions
• Andre Negrao takes over from Lapierre and drives solid triple stint to keep Alpine ELF Matmut in third but after Mathieu Vaxiviere gets aboard Les Bleues drops to a lap down on Toyota pair in sixth hour
• Glickenhaus Racing fourth and fifth as No.708 car driven by Franck Mailleux and Pipo Derani take stints at wheel to lead sister car
• Romain Dumas and Ryan Briscoe complete miles in No.709 Glickenhaus 007LMH as they place fifth
• Intra Ferrari battle thrills crowds in second and third hours as Daniel Serra in No.52 AF Corse Ferrari and Alessandro PierGuidi in No.51 488 GTE Evo swap places three times on same lap intense battle for lead
• Serra pulls out advantage to enjoy small gap but safety car in fourth hour diminishes advantage
• But No.51 pulls gap before second safety car after Serra’s teammate Sam Bird in No.52 car is contacted by No.71 Inception Ferrari driven by Brendon Iribe
• Come Ledogar takes over and extends lead for No.51 as racing resumes after safety car period
• No.92 Porsche recovers from first hour incidents and runs third at six-hour mark with Michael Christensen and Neel Jani completing stints
• Corvette Racing with Jordan Taylor driving in No.63 car takes over at front at start of fifth hour as they capitalise on pitting under slow zone close to pit entrance
• But car drops to fourth after scheduled pit stops with Nicky Catsburg getting first race laps
• Disaster strikes for No.38 JOTA car as Anthony Davidson spins in gravel just after pit exit and loses full lap and falls to 19th in class at the end of the third hour
• No.26 G-Drive Racing Aurus of Nyck de Vris, Franco Colapinto and Roman Rusinov takes over in lead with Colapinto holding off Job van Uitert initially
• But No.28 JOTA car driven by Tom Blomqvist, after being started by Sean Gelael, picks up lead in fifth hour
• They though suffer two penalties that drop it back down the order, the first for pit entry violation and second for safety car infraction.
• No.23 United Autosports USA car of Alex Lynn, Paul di Resta and Wayne Boyd briefly lead between pit stops in fifth hour
• But sixth hour brings high drama as several incidents occur as rain shower arrives
• Frits van Eerd spins Racing Team Nederland car into gravel handing Pro-Am lead to No.70 Realteam car driven by Norman Nato
• United Autosports USA then suffer damage to two of its three cars as Manuel Maldonado in No.32 car loses control under braking for Dunlop chicane and spears in to di Resta’s No.23 car
• Di Resta re-joins after repairs but drops down to 12th in class
• Shortly after Franco Colopinto collides with Sophia Floersch in Richard Mille car on approach to Porsche Curves.
• Knock-on incident claims Richard Mille car after it is struck by No.74 Racing Team India Eurasia car driven by Tom Cloet
• Debris triggers second Safety Car of the race but after six hours Julien Canal in Panis Racing car leads from No.22 United Autosports car with Fabio Scherer in cockpit
• Panis Racing take over lead but pit just before six-hour mark handing lead to Louis Deletraz in No.41 Team WRT entry
• No.22 United Autosports maintains second from No.31 Team WRT car in third
• No.33 TF Sport Aston Martin leads LMGTE Am class as Felipe Fraga and then Dylan Pereira takes stints at wheel after Ben Keating completed opening stints
• No.98 Aston Martin entry driven by Marco Gomes was running second when he crashed heavily at Indianapolis
• Brazilian treated by medical team at the scene but reported to have escaped injury
• Cetilar Racing Ferrari 488 GTE Evo runs second for a period as Giorgio Sernagiotto takes over from Antonio Fuoco in car they both share with Roberto Lacorte.
• Car loses time at pit stop though as it has to make repairs to mirror but chose to replace entire door
• But in fifth and sixth hours the No.33 TF Sport still leads from No.83 AF Corse which is driven by Alessio Rovera
• No.57 Kessel Racing Ferrari places third with Mikkel Jensen taking over at the wheel