Image credit: FIAWEC.
In the three hours to-date we have only had a leader from Porsche, each of their 919s taking turns, but challenges first for #19 (collision/repairs), then for #17 (brake issue) have left #18 solidly leading by 26secs. One bullet left in the Porsche gun strongly pursued by the #7 & #8, although at 3:13 into the race it looks like #8 has a problem, currently limping to its pitbox.
The LMP2 class is led by ELMS stars Jota Sport now with Simon Dolan onboard, holding a 50sec lead thanks to efforts of Pros, Harry Tincknell & Mitch Evans, despite serving a penalty for a Tinkers jumped start. The #26 & #28 G-Drive Ligiers continue to demonstrate their Silverstone WEC pace, with the returning SARD-Morand Morgan Evo #43 chasing hard on its return to competition. Lets hope someone sees the potential in this team soon and provides the additional funds for them to continue their WEC campaign.
In GTE-Pro the Aston Martin #99 continues to lead but is hounded by the AF Corse #51 of Bruni. Support is at hand both the #97 and #95 setting about the Ferrari, dependent upon pit strategy/intervals. Aston Martins luck continues to hold the GTE-Am lead with the #98 Paul Dalla Lana now installed and making solid progress ahead of the #83 Ferrari of Manu Collard.
There are fascinating battles going on in every category after a couple of Grand Prix lengths (87 laps complete at 3 hours) and if that doubles up that will exceed last years race (also run in the dry – 171laps) by 3-laps, 21 kms or 13 miles. As temperatures drop into the evening the air will thicken up, and we could see an improvement in Best Lap to date of 1:57.972 on Lap 5 by the Porsche 919 #17 with pole-sitter Brendon Hartley at the wheel.
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