Welcome to the second part of the review brought to you by GP24.ro live from Le Mans.
The 4th hour at Le Mans starts with Kamui Kobayashi leading the LMP-1 class in the #7 Toyota. In LMP-2 Class it is Dutchman Job van Uitert who is leading by a small margin in the #26 G-Drive Racing car. Jan Magnussen is leading in GTM-Pro class in the #63 Corvette and in GTE-AM Class it is Julien Andlauer who is leading in the #77 Dempsey Proton Porsche.
In the second part of the 4th hour it was Ferrari who was making up ground with the #51 AF Corse 488 GTE driven by James Calado passing the Ford which was in 2nd place and so reviving some of the legendary duels from 1966 between Ford and Ferrari. After giving the wheel to his teammate Daniel Serra from Brazil who managed to pass the #63 Corvette driven by Mike Rockenfeller.
The 5th hour sees the #10 Dragonspeed finding it’s way back to the front, after problems dropped them back to 57th place they have now made up ground and find themselves in 28th position by means of a stunning drive by Henrik Hedman. Later in the 5th hour there was contact between the #69 Ford GT of Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA (GTM-Pro and the #50 Ligier LMP-2 causing Yellow Flags in the Porsche Curves. Fortunately there was no major damage.
At the end of the 5th hour a new Full Course Yellow, this time caused by the #54 Spirit of Race Ferrari driven by Francesco Castellaci who after a spin landed in the gravel trap. Many teams are using this FCY to make their pitstops.
Right at the start of the 6th hour of racing at Le Mans the track is cleared and green flags are being waved again. But not for long… around 20:15 it comes to the first safety car deployment as the #43 RLR Sport Oreca landed in the gravel trap and had to be towed out after which the green flags came out again.
Towards the end of the 6th hour of racing at Le Mans the first major accident between Satoshi Hoshino in the #88 Dempsey-Proton Porsche (who in the first hour nearly collided with the #56 Project 1 Porsche) and Marcel Fassler in the #63 Corvette who was lapping Hoshino, they touched and the Corvette went into the barriers making it a pretty hard impact. This incident caused another Safety Car Situation which remained on track into the 7th hour.
We will be back again with our GP24 hours 7-9 report.
- Source: Frank van Nunen @GP24.ro
- Photocredit: ACO / Le Mans