Risi Competizione leads GT2

The runners in the LMGT2 class were generally spread out as the midpoint of the Le Mans 24 Hours approached but there were several small battles throughout the field. The class was being headed by the ...

The runners in the LMGT2 class were generally spread out as the midpoint of the Le Mans 24 Hours approached but there were several small battles throughout the field. The class was being headed by the #97 Risi Competizione Ferrari 430 GT of Mika Salo, which took the lead in the fifth hour, and was running two laps ahead.

The first of the battles was for second place between the #93 Team Autorlando Sport Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Lars Erik Nielsen, the #87 Team Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari F430 GTC of Chris Niarchos, and the #76 Imsa Performancec Matmut Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Patrick Long, with the #93 car one minute ahead of the #87 car which was just over half a minute ahead of #76, but Long was lapping the quickest.

The other Risi Competizione entry, the #99 Ferrari 430 GT of Colin Braun was running in a lonely fifth place a couple of laps ahead of the #78 Team AF Corse Ferrari 430 GT of Joe Macari.

The #85 Team Spyker Squadron BV C8 Spyder GT2 had been running in fifth but went off at the Michelin Chicane in the tenth hour and hit the barrier, forcing Andrea Belicchi to tour back to the garage and have significant repairs to the front of the car before rejoining in seventh place.

The #80 Flying Lizard Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 RSR driven by Johannes van Overbeek, Seth Neiman and Jorg Bergmeister started in fourth place but dropped out of contention in the early hours of the night after the car suffered gearbox problems had a lengthy pitstop in order to reconstruct the gearbox.

In the LMP1 class Tom Kristensen took over at the wheel of the #2 Audi at the front of the race and maintained the two-lap lead over the #1 Audi of Emanuele Pirro, while Marc Gene held a strong pace in third place in the #7 Peugeot despite a slightly longer pitstop to do some work under the engine cover.

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