Cadillac takes the lead, total suspense between four manufacturers!

Cadillac takes the lead, total suspense between four manufacturers!
Cadillac takes the lead, total suspense between four manufacturers!

If the night was very calm at Le Mans due to the intervention of the safety car, the morning saw things get out of hand. And, from 10 a.m., the events continued to follow one another on the track.

We first saw the #93 Peugeot pulling straight ahead at Indianapolis, on a track still containing many traps due to the wet areas. Then the No. 3 Cadillac encountered technical problems in the Mulsannes and, even if Scott Dixon managed to bring it back to the pits at low speed, retirement proved inevitable.

All these problems led to the extension of the neutralization by the safety car which was in force, but also to pit stops at times that were not necessarily opportune. This strategy thus cost the #6 Porsche and the #8 Toyota a lot of time, forced to wait at the end of the pitlane to join the next Safety Car group.

The race direction opted for the regrouping and pass around procedure, which definitely restarted the race. Spectacularly, a seven-way match was offered to the spectators when the green flag was waved again, with the No. 2 Cadillac in the lead having benefited from a very offbeat strategy. Enough to give a smile to the American clan, which at the same time lost any chance of seeing the No. 311 do well, leaving the track in Indianapolis with Pipo Derani on board.

The No. 8 Toyota is still in the running at Le Mans.

Photo by: Marc Fleury

The fight was intense and above all made the rest of the race difficult to see, with everyone staggering their stops and the leaders succeeding one another as the refueling stops took place. Earl Bamber provided a very strong stint with the No. 2 Cadillac, as did Sébastien Buemi who tripled the tire stints to allow the No. 8 Toyota to get back into the match. At the same time, the Porsches seemed more and more behind.

At Ferrari, we showed an equally interesting pace but we lost the third 499P, from the private AF Corse team, when it stopped completely smoking in front of its box.

Between noon and 1 p.m., it was a tense match between Cadillac and Toyota that we witnessed, until the fastest lap in the race fell, before the drizzle temporarily made its appearance a little over three hours from the start. arrival. It is impossible, at this stage, to say who has the advantage, nor to exclude anyone since there are simply six Hypercars in the same minute.

At Toyota, the No. 7 lost time due to a puncture which occurred just after the relay took over. Jose Maria Lopez.

Update at 1 p.m.

# Team Towers Stops
1 2 Cadillac Racing 263 23
2 50 Ferrari AF Corsica 263 22
3 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing 263 24
4 6 Porsche Penske Motorsport 263 24
5 51 Ferrari AF Corsica 263 24
6 7 Toyota Gazoo Racing 263 27
7 12 Hertz Team JOTA 263 23
8 5 Porsche Penske Motorsport 263 20
9 38 Hertz Team JOTA 263 26
10 94 Peugeot TotalEnergies 261 26
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