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Le Mans 24 hours: Alonso can't close gap to leading #7 Toyota

Jack Cozens, James Newbold
H13: Alonso can't reel in leading #7 Toyota

Kamui Kobayashi put the #7 Toyota back in control of the Le Mans 24 Hours in hour 13 by gapping the sister car of Fernando Alonso by 20 seconds.

Alonso took over the #8 TS050 HYBRID from Sebastien Buemi early on in the hour, and was 13s down on Kobayashi when the Japanese driver rejoined after a stop of his own.

Alonso's night stint in the #8 car is credited for hauling the eventual winner back into contention in 2018, and his opening laps were promising as the gap came down to seven seconds.

But Kobayashi then eased clear either side of the pair's next planned pitstops, to establish a comfortable advantage over the sister car.

Nathanael Berthon continued to hold a comfortable third place in the #3 Rebellion ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne's #11 SMP BR Engineering BR1, which has stopped one more time than the lead Rebellion.

Neel Jani stepped back into the #1 Rebellion in the 13th hour and runs fifth.

ByKolles had got a sixth car in class running again in the previous hour, but Tom Dillmann then stopped the ENSO CLM-Gibson P1/01 exiting Arnage towards the end of the hour.

LMP2 - Strong stint from Rusinov puts G-Drive clear

Andre Negrao began to chip away at Roman Rusinov's lead in the 13th hour, but the #26 G-Drive Racing ORECA still enjoys a commanding advantage of over a minute and a half with Jean-Eric Vergne at the wheel.

Negrao began the hour over two minutes adrift of Rusinov, but had won back around 18 seconds by the end of the hour, when reigning Formula E champion Vergne took over from Rusinov with Negrao set to complete a third stint on his Michelins.

Ho-Pin Tung holds third in the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA despite being passed by the #31 DragonSpeed ORECA of Pastor Maldonado.

Tung ran three laps longer than the Venezuelan and emerged 8s ahead once Maldonado had relayed to Anthony Davidson.

Loic Duval was fifth in the #28 TDS Racing ORECA, 15s ahead of Ricky Taylor in the #37 DC Racing OECA.

The #22 United Autosports Ligier of Filipe Albuquerque is the best non-ORECA and the first car two laps down in seventh.

GTE - Leading Porsche in trouble, could lose WEC title

The #51 AF Corse Ferrari moved into a clear lead of 1m23s after the leading #92 Porsche was wheeled into its garage at its most recent stop.

Kevin Estre had re-established the #92 911 RSRs half-minute advantage over the 488 GTE, and appeared to have been brought in for a routine stop.

But after taking on fuel in the pitlane, the car was taken into the garage so mechanics could changes its brakes and examine its underside.

It did not return to the track before the end of the hour and lost four laps and lies 12th. The car is 34 points clear of the sister #91 Porsche. Eighth will guarentee the #92 the title.

Alessandro Pier Guidi took over in the #51 Ferrari and was losing a minimal amount of time to the pursuing #93 and #91 Porsches, which were involved in an almighty scrap for what is now second place.

Nick Tandy headed that battle in the #93 car, but was less than a second ahead of Gianmaria Bruni at the hour mark.

The #64 Corvette C7.R was fourth in the hands of Antonio Garcia, another eight seconds back, while the two Ford GTs entered under the Chip Ganassi Racing Team USA banner were fifth and sixth.

Behind dominant Am class leader Felipe Fraga in the Keating Ford, Charlie Eastwood continues to hold second in the TF Sport Aston Martin, while Jorg Bergmeister's Project 1 Porsche is catching the JMW Motorsport Ferrari of Rodrigo Baptista for third.

Positions after 13 hours

Pos Class Car Drivers Laps Gap
1 LMP1 #7 Toyota Conway, Kobayashi, Lopez 204
2 LMP1 #8 Toyota Buemi, Nakajima, Alonso 204 + 20.651s
3 LMP1 #3 Rebellion Laurent, Berthon, Menezes 202 + 2 Laps
4 LMP1 #11 BR Petrov, Aleshin, Vandoorne 201 + 3 Laps
5 LMP1 #1 Rebellion Jani, Lotterer, Senna 198 + 6 Laps
6 LMP2 #26 Aurus Rusinov, Van Uitert, Vergne 196 + 8 Laps
7 LMP2 #36 Alpine Lapierre, Negrao, Thiriet 195 + 9 Laps
8 LMP2 #38 Oreca Tung, Richelmi, Aubry 195 + 2m04.269s
9 LMP2 #31 Oreca Gonzalez, Maldonado, Davidson 195 + 2m13.514s
10 LMP2 #28 Oreca Perrodo, Vaxiviere, Duval 194 + 10 Laps
11 LMP2 #37 Oreca Heinemeier-Hansson, King, Taylor 194 + 12.102s
12 LMP2 #22 Ligier Hanson, Albuquerque, Di Resta 193 + 11 Laps
13 LMP2 #48 Oreca Lafargue, Chatin, Rojas 193 + 1m35.034s
14 LMP2 #30 Oreca Jamin, Ragues, Dumas 192 + 12 Laps
15 LMP2 #23 Ligier Binder, Canal, Stevens 192 + 3m28.839s
16 LMP2 #39 Oreca Gommendy, Capillaire, Hirschi 191 + 13 Laps
17 LMP2 #32 Ligier Cullen, Brundle, Owen 189 + 15 Laps
18 LMP2 #43 Oreca Farano, Maini, Nato 189 + 13m20.473s
19 LMP2 #25 Oreca Zollinger, Pizzitola, Falb 188 + 16 Laps
20 LMP2 #50 Ligier Creed, Ricci, Boulle 188 + 7m58.888s
21 LMP2 #47 Dallara Lacorte, Sernagiotto, Belicchi 188 + 8m08.753s
22 LMP2 #20 Oreca Fjordbach, Andersen, Beche 187 + 17 Laps
23 LMP2 #29 Dallara Van Eerd, Van Der Garde, De Vries 187 + 1m13.336s
24 LMP2 #34 Ligier Smiechowski, Winslow, Moore 183 + 21 Laps
25 GTE Pro #51 Ferrari Pier Guidi, Calado, Serra 182 + 22 Laps
26 GTE Pro #93 Porsche Pilet, Bamber, Tandy 182 + 1m23.402s
27 GTE Pro #91 Porsche Lietz, Bruni, Makowiecki 182 + 1m24.170s
28 GTE Pro #63 Chevrolet Magnussen, Garcia, Rockenfeller 182 + 1m32.588s
29 GTE Pro #68 Ford Hand, Muller, Bourdais 182 + 1m34.579s
30 GTE Pro #69 Ford Briscoe, Westbrook, Dixon 182 + 1m36.891s
31 GTE Pro #67 Ford Priaulx, Tincknell, Bomarito 181 + 23 Laps
32 GTE Pro #66 Ford Mucke, Pla, Johnson 180 + 24 Laps
33 GTE Pro #94 Porsche Muller, Jaminet, Olsen 180 + 9.635s
34 GTE Pro #89 Ferrari Derani, Jarvis, Gounon 180 + 16.361s
35 GTE Pro #92 Porsche Christensen, Estre, Vanthoor 179 + 25 Laps
36 GTE Pro #82 BMW Farfus, Da Costa, Krohn 179 + 10m10.157s
37 GTE Am #85 Ford Keating, Bleekemolen, Fraga 178 + 26 Laps
38 GTE Am #90 Aston Yoluc, Hankey, Eastwood 178 + 2m38.440s
39 GTE Am #84 Ferrari Segal, Baptista, Lu 177 + 27 Laps
40 GTE Am #56 Porsche Bergmeister, Lindsey, Perfetti 177 + 4.794s
41 GTE Am #77 Porsche Campbell, Ried, Andlauer 177 + 27.344s
42 GTE Am #62 Ferrari Macneil, Vilander, Smith 177 + 1m25.833s
43 GTE Am #61 Ferrari Perez-Companc, Griffin, Cressoni 177 + 2m39.338s
44 GTE Pro #81 BMW Catsburg, Tomczyk, Eng 176 + 28 Laps
45 GTE Am #57 Ferrari Kimura, Cozzolino, Ledogar 176 + 38.811s
46 GTE Am #86 Porsche Wainwright, Barker, Preining 176 + 2m45.193s
47 GTE Am #78 Porsche Prette, Prette, Abril 175 + 29 Laps
48 GTE Am #54 Ferrari Flohr, Castellacci, Fisichella 175 + 2m46.907s
49 GTE Am #83 Ferrari Gostner, Frey, Gatting 174 + 30 Laps
50 GTE Am #70 Ferrari Ishikawa, Beretta, Cheever 174 + 16.770s
51 GTE Pro #97 Aston Martin, Lynn, Adam 173 + 31 Laps
52 GTE Am #60 Ferrari Schiavoni, Pianezzola, Piccini 171 + 33 Laps
53 LMP1 #4 Enso Dillmann, Webb, Ruberti 163 + 41 Laps
54 LMP2 #49 Ligier Konopka, Enqvist, Tereschenko 159 + 45 Laps
55 LMP1 #17 BR Sarrazin, Orudzhev, Sirotkin 163 + 41 Laps
56 GTE Pro #71 Ferrari Rigon, Bird, Molina 140 + 64 Laps
57 GTE Pro #95 Aston Thiim, Sorensen, Turner 132 + 72 Laps
58 GTE Am #98 Aston Dalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda 87 + 117 Laps
59 GTE Pro #64 Chevrolet Gavin, Milner, Fassler 82 + 122 Laps
60 GTE Am #88 Porsche Hoshino, Roda Jr, Cairoli 79 + 125 Laps
61 LMP1 #10 BR Hedman, Hanley, Van Der Zande 76 + 128 Laps


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