H+16: Rain puts the 24 Hours of Le Mans on pause

H+16: Rain puts the 24 Hours of Le Mans on pause
H+16: Rain puts the 24 Hours of Le Mans on pause

The race in slow motion

At 3:45 a.m., the race management announces the release of the safety cars due to the downpours falling on the circuit. The immobilization continues until early morning, which puts a break on the fierce debates. During this time, the leader changes according to the pit stops. The Porsche 963 #6 Porsche Penske Motorsport and the Toyota GR010 – Hybrid #8 and #7 from Toyota Gazoo Racing give and take their heads while desperately awaiting release.

Meanwhile, Romain Grosjean, in the Lamborghini SC63 #16 Lamborghini Iron Lynx, plays plumber in his cabin.

Shortly before 8 a.m., the safety car procedure evolved in order to consider a restart. The race will resume shortly.

Status Quo in LMP2

During the neutralization period, the Oreca 07-Gibson #183 AF Corse still leads the way in the rainahead of the #37 of COOL Racing and the #34 of Inter Europol Competition.

Porsche dominates in LMGT3

The car leading the FIA ​​WEC Team Endurance Trophy, the Porsche 911 GT3-R LMGT3 #92 Manthey PureRxcing, is best placed behind the safety cars, just in front of the other car operated by Manthey EMA, the #91 Porsche. Note that the BMW M4 LMGT3 #46 Team WRT notably driven by Valentino Rossi is no longer in the race. An accident by teammate Ahmad Al Harty earlier in the event led to the car’s retirement.

Top 5 in the general classification at 8 a.m.:

1. Toyota GR010 Hybrid #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing – Sébastien Buemi / Brendon Hartley / Ryo Hirakawa – 196 laps
2. Porsche 963 #6 Porsche Penske Motorsport – Kévin Estre / André Lotterer / Laurens Vanthoor – + 1”053
3. Ferrari 499P #50 Ferrari AF Corse – Antonio Fuoco / Miguel Molina / Nicklas Nielsen – + 2”300
4. Toyota GR010 Hybrid #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing – José María López / Kamui Kobayashi / Nyck de Vries – + 3”895
5. Ferrari 499P #83 AF Corse – Robert Kubica / Robert Shwartzman / Yifei Ye – + 13”780

Leader of other categories:

  • LMP2: Oreca 07-Gibson #183 AF Corse – François Perrodo / Ben Barnicoat / Nicolas Varrone (LMP2 Pro/Am) – 187 laps
  • LMGT3: Porsche 911 GT3 R LMGT3 #92 Manthey PureRxcing – Aliaksandr Malykhin / Joel Sturm / Klaus Bachler – 177 laps

Dropouts at 8 a.m.:

  • Ferrari 296 LMGT3 #54 Vista AF Corse – Thomas Flohr / Francesco Castellacci / Davide Rigon – Off the track
  • Alpine A424 #35 Alpine Endurance Team – Paul-Loup Chatin / Ferdinand Habsburg-Lothringen / Charles Milesi – Broken engine
  • Alpine A424 #36 Alpine Endurance Team – Nicolas Lapierre / Mick Schumacher / Matthieu Vaxivière – Broken engine
  • BMW M Hybrid V8 #15 BMW M Team WRT – Dries Vanthoor / Raffaele Marciello / Marco Wittmann – Crash
  • Oreca 07-Gibson #9 Proton Competition – Jonas Ried / Maceo Capietto / Bent Viscaal
  • Oreca 07-Gibson #30 Duqueine Team – John Falb / James Allen / Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer (LMP2 Pro/Am) – Engine failure
  • BMW M4 LMGT3 #46 Team WRT – Ahmad Al Harthy / Valentino Rossi / Maxime Martin – Off the track
  • Oreca 07-Gibson #45 Crowdstrike Racing by APR – George Kurtz / Colin Braun / Nicky Catsburg (LMP2 Pro/Am)

Best lap : Antonio Fuoco, Ferrari 499P #50, 3’29”208 (46th lap)

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