JUNE 15, 2014

Twists and turns and a constant changing of the leading positions shape a thrilling 82nd edition of the 24 Heures du Mans.

 

The big news overnight was the retirement at around 04:30 CEST of #7 Toyota Racing due to an electrical issue. #7 Toyota  had defended its pole and led for the majority of the first fourteen hours of the race. Toyota’s second car, #8, had already run into trouble earlier in the race and has since been playing catch-up. #8 currently sits in fourth position some nine laps behind the leader. Toyota’s misfortune has handed the initiative to its rivals particularly Audi Sport Team Joest’s two remaining cars.

The #1 Audi team of record nine-time winner and Rolex Testimonee Tom Kristensen, Lucas di Grassi and Marc Gené has a narrow one-lap advantage over Porsche Team #20 having completed 278 laps. The constant interchanging between Audi and Porsche in the early hours of the race providing compelling viewing, Porsche achieving a higher top speed on the straights, Audi more dominant on the curves. #2 Audi of Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer led for around two hours following #7 Toyota’s retirement but a lengthy garage stop for a turbo change saw it surrender the lead to its sister car. Given the high drama witnessed in the first 18 hours of the race, the final six hours promise further changes to a dramatic narrative.

#35 Oak Racing currently leads LM P2; #97 Aston Martin Racing holds the advantage in GTE Pro and #95 Aston Martin Racing heads up GTE Amateur. 15 cars have been forced to abandon the race.