AFTER 21 HOURS: 007 HOLDS FOURTH PLACE AT LE MANS As the Le Mans 24 Hours moves into its final three hours, the 007 Aston Martin LMP1 car is holding fourth place and has set a good pace to close the gap to the third-placed diesel car. Tomas...
AFTER 21 HOURS: 007 HOLDS FOURTH PLACE AT LE MANS
As the Le Mans 24 Hours moves into its final three hours, the 007 Aston Martin LMP1 car is holding fourth place and has set a good pace to close the gap to the third-placed diesel car.
Tomas Enge is currently in the lead Aston Martin with Stefan Mucke due to take over just after midday. The 007 is the fastest petrol car on track setting a best lap time of 3:26.632 and is also the highest-placed petrol car overall -- with a four-lap cushion over its nearest rival.
The 008 car has recovered from its earlier dramas and Anthony Davidson is currently at the wheel in 13th place overall. Rain is still an outside threat although current conditions are warm and sunny.
Harald Primat, who has been given the all clear from the medical team following his accident in the 009 Aston Martin in the 18th hour, said: "I am a bit stiff and I will take it easy for the next couple of days but I am fine. I had an alarm on the dash for the cooling system and then I experienced some heat in the cockpit so I radioed the team to let them know. I think that there may have been a water leak but we won't know for sure until the team analyses the data.
"It was a shame for Peter and I, we were moving up the field after our earlier problems and we are both frustrated at not finishing. At Le Mans what you want first is to finish but sometimes you have a car which has most of the trouble in the team and unfortunately at this race it was our car.
"I have mixed feelings, it would have been great to bring all three cars home but if the 007 car finishes in the top four, as the best petrol car and beating several of the diesel cars then this is a great result for the team."
The 77th Le Mans 24 Hours is due to finish at 3pm local time.
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