As dawn breaks and those that stepped away from the track return, dependent on how long you have been away it is akin to the recent General Election ‘result’ or even as shocking as the Brexit decision!
Two Toyotas TS050 Hybrids #7 and #9 capitulated within 15-mins of each other. The #7 of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima approaching 11-hours suffered a clutch problem which result in the car failing on-track and being parked. The #9 of Lapierre/Kunimoto/Lopez with Nico Lapierre at the wheel tripped over Simon Trummer’s CEFC Manor TRS Racing Oreca, leaving Simon battered in a gravel trap at Dunlop. Its quite difficult to apportion blame, but the passing car #9 is in our opinion marginally more to blame as the faster aprroaching car. Nico Lapierre tried desperately to get the car back to its garage, but came up a few 100 metres short.
In LMP2 Vaillante Rebellion moved into a one-two position in the tenth-hour, #31 leading #13. However, no sooner having acheived that by the next hour, Nico Prost was faced with a suspected gear actuator issue an extended stop dropping it back to 3rd in category. As we write the revived, refreshed and roofed Mighty #38 of Jackie Chan DC Racing by Jota Sport car leads.
GTE-Pro has swung and twisted its way through the night. At one stage Ford GTs looked to becoming to the fore, but the Aston Martin duo of #95 and #97 re-established themselves at the front following punctures, repairs and the like. Again at present with the #92 out following an accident for Michael Christensen, the #91 Porsche RSR is resurgent with Patrick Pilet at the wheel. This is pursued by both AF Corse Ferrari 488 in number order #51 & #71 respectively. The best Ford is next up, and it is the European team car #67 with Harry Tincknell at the wheel. Only the #63 Corvette remains following an incident for Tommy Milner putting it 5-laps off the lead GTE-Pro.
GTE-Am it was not previously apparent the predicted Ferrari 488 GTE fest is starting to move to the front of the category. The #84 JMW Motorsport example has led for some time and has 218 laps to the Spirit of Race 488s 217 laps. A change right now, and one to watch closely is the #99 Beachdean AMR in the hands of Andrew Howard currently. This car has been steadily and quietly moving its way forward up the category.. Could be a drive for the podium is underway.
So that pretty much concludes your Breakfast Briefing! Time to knockback the coffee, finish that Bacon Buttie and either head trackside or get channel surfing to find coverage. If we recall correctly ITV4 has Free-to-Air coverage from 1030uk for the remainder of the race. Come on its better than watching the cricket!
Of course if you are at the track RadioLeMans.com continues to provide its excellent audio service on 91.2 or digitally on their website. All the action, All race long.