Rain caused slippery conditions due to the rain but conditions did improve as the Japanese team stays in the 24 Hours of Le Mans aiming for the victory.
TS030 HYBRID #7 (Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre, Kazuki Nakajima)
TS030 HYBRID #8 (Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Stéphane Sarrazin)
Just after 1am Stéphane handed the #8 to Anthony, who took advantage of the sixth safety car to switch to new slick tyres on his second pit stop. With rain falling, the #8 changed to intermediate tyres at Anthony’s third and final stop of his stint. Quick front bodywork repairs were also carried out on the front right dive plane while Sébastien replaced Anthony in the cockpit. His first stop saw a change back to slick tyres and he resumed the fight at the front, keeping up a strong pace as the sun rose at the Circuit de la Sarthe. Around 7.30am, after three-and-a-half hours and four stints, Sébastien swapped with Stéphane and the #8 resumed in second.
John Litjens, Project Leader Chassis: “On #7 Nicolas and Alex lapped consistently to maintain the gap to Audi #3. On #8 Anthony and Sébastien did a great job to make sure the Audi #2 did not stretch out a bigger gap. The drivers did really well in very challenging circumstances, with changing track conditions and lots of traffic. The rain very early in the morning meant we had to change off the slicks; one went on wets the other to intermediates. In the end both worked quite okay and as soon as we had an opportunity to go back to slicks we did. We have seen, as we did in the previous days, that we are more competitive against the Audis in damp conditions so we would be quite happy for some rain later in the race.”