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Swiss Spirit Lola B07/10-Audi Drivers: Jean-Denis Deletraz (CH), Iradj-Alexander David (CH), Marcel Fassler (CH) Position after 12 hours: Retired Swiss Spirit were forced to retire from the Le Mans 24 Hours just before midnight, after the ...

Swiss Spirit Lola B07/10-Audi
Drivers: Jean-Denis Deletraz (CH), Iradj-Alexander David (CH), Marcel Fassler (CH)
Position after 12 hours: Retired

Swiss Spirit were forced to retire from the Le Mans 24 Hours just before midnight, after the electrical problem had stopped the car on the circuit earlier in the evening, which could not be resolved.

"I was stuck in 6th gear and it turned out that this was caused by a problem with the electrical system," said Iradj Alexander- David. "I went back out but the throttle started sticking and we had to stop the car. It is really a shame because Marcel (Fassler) showed that we could be the fastest petrol engine LMP1 car."

The team will now get ready for the Nurburgring 1000kms in two weeks time where they will be looking to follow up on a brilliant debut 3rd place on their debut at Valencia in April.

#15 -- Charouz Racing System Lola B07/17-Judd
Drivers: Alex Yoong (MAL), Stefan Mucke (D), Jan Charouz (CZ)
Position after 12 Hours: 6th overall; 6th in class
Best Time: 3m35.510s (Stefan Mucke)

After overcoming a small pit fire, a spin and two punctures earlier in the race, the Charouz Racing System team consolidated their top six position and had even ran 5th at one stage in the evening. With conditions fully dry between 9pm and 3am, the Charouz drivers lapped consistently in the late 3m30's and early 3m40's and revelled in the handling and reliability of the Lola B07/17 Judd.

All three drivers completed triple stints and enjoyed the performance of both the car and the Michelin tyres. With the Peugeot of Sebastien Bourdais recovering from an earlier problem, the Charouz Lola relinquished 5th place.

However, the team's Sporting Manager, Sam Hignett was delighted with the way their race was developing. "The car has been terrific so far and apart from the early race incidents we have a great pace and terrific reliability. All three of our drivers are giving really good accounts of themselves at this stage. We are happy but we are only at half way." At 3am the Charouz Lola was on the same lap as the number 8 Peugeot diesel LMP1 with Jan Charouz on the last leg of his triple stint.

#39 -- Chamberlain-Synergy Lola B07/10-AER
Drivers: Bob Berridge (GB), Peter Owen (GB), Gareth Evans (GB)
Position after 12 hours: 40th overall; 12th in class
Best Time: 3m42.471s (Bob Berridge)

The Chamberlain Synergy Lola B07/10 - AER team completed a determined second quarter of the 2007 Le Mans 24 Hours, positioned in 12th place in the LMP1 class at the half way point. All three drivers were involved in a recovery drive after losing time with various problems in the first 12 hours of the race. Hugh Chamberlain summed up the team's evening session,

"We've been having a series of mechanical gremlins, which have all been minor problems, but they've been adding up. We were all expecting a wet and nasty race, which thankfully hasn't materialised yet. There is still a long way to go, so it's up to the drivers to look after the car and they have been doing a great job. It's important that they remain careful and keep aware of their surroundings."

LMP2 #25 -- RML MG-Lola EX264 AER
Drivers: Mike Newton (GB), Tommy Erdos (BRA), Andy Wallace (GB)
Position after 6 hours: 35th overall; 6th in class
Best Time: 3m46.634s (Tommy Erdos)

The RML MG-Lola EX264 AER team has enjoyed a solid run throughout the evening and early morning session at Le Mans, recovering from an accident that befell Andy Wallace in the 4th hour. Phil Barker, Team Manager for RML was very satisfied with the progress made with the Huntingdon built LMP2 racer. "We've been consistently making good times throughout the evening stints, without any dramas. It seems to be the turn of the other P2 cars of falling into trouble. The car is running well, but we're conscious that that there is still 12 hours to go. We need to remain sensible, so we can keep this pace."

RML were positioned in 35th overall at 3am and were looking forward to making more progress in the second half of the race.

#31 -- Binnie Motorsport Lola B05/40 Zytek
Drivers: Bill Binnie (USA), Allen Timpany (GB), Chris Buncombe (GB)
Position after 6 hours: 16th overall; 1st in class
Best Time: 3m51.008s (Buncombe)

The Anglo/American Binnie Motorsport team led the LMP2 class at 3am after a trouble free race for the trio of team owner and driver, Bill Binnie, Allen Timpany and Chris Buncombe. The Lola-Zytek took control of the LMP2 class just before midnight with both Binnie and Timpany having completed clean and consistent stints.

Timpany, who tasted success with the team last year when they were runners-up to the RML Lola-MG, was delighted with the way the car was running. "We are staying out of trouble and the car is going very well indeed," said Timpany. "I enjoyed my night stints despite lots of distraction lights around the circuit but that just takes a little getting used to. All in all we look to be in good shape so we will just continue with our race plan which is to look after the car and ourselves."

Racing on Kumho tyres the Lola-Zytek LMP2 was positioned in a solid 16th position overall and a lap ahead of the Del Bello Courage.

#40 Quifel-ASM Team Lola B05/40 AER
Drivers: Warren Hughes (GB), Miguel Amaral (P), Miguel Angel De Castro (P)
Position after 12 Hours: Retired
Best Time: 3m44.993s (Hughes)

After a superb opening 6 hours in which they led the LMP2 class comfortably, the Quifel-ASM squad endured a busy yet frustrating period between 11pm and 3am. With Warren Hughes at the wheel and a commanding lead in LMP2 when a problem with the right rear caused him to stop at Tertre Rouge when the wheel became detached. In communication with the team, Hughes worked wonders to ensure that he locked the differential to give him enough drive to return to the pits.

"We had a loose wheel earlier in the race but coming out of the Dunlop chicane the right rear came off," said Hughes. "I spoke with the team and was able to get back to the pits but we have lost a lot of time. It is such a shame as we were really running a good race."

Getting back in to the race at half past midnight, Hughes completed his triple stint before handing over to Miguel Amaral. At 01.55 the Portuguese racer went off at the Porsche Curves, damaging the front of the Lola B05/40-AER. At just before 3am the team were forced to officially retire the car from the race as a result of the problems.

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Andy Wallace , Alex Yoong , Marcel Fassler , Jean-Denis Deletraz , Warren Hughes , Mike Newton , Bob Berridge , Miguel Amaral , Gareth Evans , Sam Hignett , Peter Owen , Stefan Mücke , Chris Buncombe , Jan Charouz , Miguel Angel De Castro , Alexander Iradj