Since the sun rises on Sunday, It’s the 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Kazuki Nakajima Fernando Alonso and Sebastien Buemi that has resumed the direct of the 24 Hours of Le Mans from the motorist after a powerful night stint.
Was behind because the sixth hour of the race after selecting up a 60 second stop/go punishment for speeding at a slow zone region, the #8 car had been over two minutes behind the sister #7 car of Mike Conway, Jose Maria Lopez and Kamui Kobayashi.
Alonso got into the car for the night shift and set in a quadruple stint at the car until sunrise, closing the gap from 110 minutes to only 30, he handed the car over to Nakajima who lasted the difficult work and they lead their team-mates by more than 30 minutes.
In the early hours of the morning, the two Toyotas were handed 60 penalties for speeding in zones the second one for the #8 car, this meant the gap was kept between the leaders.
After a tough start for the Rebellion, it’s joined its sister car on the lead lap at a struggle that a six hour battle for the final spot on the overall podium.
The 10 Dragonspeed ran after sliding off the track at the Porsche curves and into the barrier on the outside causing huge damage. The group has retired the car.
In LMP2, the system with Roman Rusinov Jean-Eric Vergne and Andrea Pizzitola hold over a lap lead over the Panis Barthez Contest automobile of Timothé Buret Julien Canal and F1 driver Will Stevens.
Porsche continues to dominate in the GTE Pro course as the 92 911 RSR with the’Pink Pig’ retro holding a commanding lead over their team-mates in another retro liveried #91 with all the cigarette livery that is famed from the famous 956.
The # 68 and 67 Ford GTs that hold fourth and third place in course are pushing hard on the Porsche for the six hours only 20 minutes behind.
The Porsche leads by more than a lap without fault far from the Keating Motorsports Ferrari , going quicker than anybody else in the course.
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