Peugeot still in the lead as dawn breaks in France

When the first sunlight of the new day hits the la Sarthe circuit in Le Mans, France Peugeot still had a comfortable lead after 14 of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The No. 2 Peugeot has stretched its advantage on the No. 9 and 8 Audis, who are fighting...

When the first sunlight of the new day hits the la Sarthe circuit in Le Mans, France Peugeot still had a comfortable lead after 14 of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The No. 2 Peugeot has stretched its advantage on the No. 9 and 8 Audis, who are fighting for the second position in the race, to 1,5 lap. With Nicolas Minassian in the car, the No. 2 Peugeot has been able to set very quick lap times, while the car has been working without any problems.

Behind the leader two interesting fights have developed after the half-way mark. The No. 9 and 8 Audis have already for hours have been challenging for the second position, with the gap staying at only a couple of seconds. Also, the No. 1 Peugeot and the No. 7 Audi, who both earlier in the race had lost 12 minutes for repairs, found each other on the track fighting for fourth spot. The Peugeot was clearly the faster car and it wouldn't take long before the French car builder had won the battle.

Right after the half-way mark, the field was reduced again by 3 cars. Neel Jani had to park his Rebellion Racing car with gearbox problems, which brought also an end to the race of fan favorite Marco Andretti. Another P1 retirement was the No. 14 car Christijan Albers, Manuel Rogrigues and Scott Tucker, after Rodrigues went off course at the exit of the Porsche curves and damaged the Audi R10 beyond repairs.

The engine in the No. 60 Ford GT, which led the race in GT1 during the first five hours, failed after almost 13 hours of racing, which brought also an early end to the race of Thomas Mutsch, Romain Grosjean and Jonathan Hirschi.

Also in LM P1, GT 1 and GT2 there wouldn't be any big changes in the ranking, with as result that the No. 42 HPD, the No. 50 Saleen and the No. 64 Corvette were still in the lead.

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Christijan Albers , Marco Andretti , Romain Grosjean , Thomas Mutsch , Jonathan Hirschi
Teams Rebellion Racing