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Le Mans 24 Hours: Second Toyota hits major trouble in hour 8

#7 Toyota Le Mans 24 Hours

Toyota has lost its second place in the Le Mans 24 Hours after Sebastien Buemi suffered a major problem on his TS050 HYBRID as the race reached one-third distance.

The #8 car had briefly lost second to the leading Porsche of Neel Jani during the latest pitstop phase but Buemi quickly regained the place.

Then he was called back into the pits after another 10 laps with the brakes on fire, having suffered a "front motor" problem.

A frustrated Buemi had earlier warned the team over the radio there was some sort of problem, and was annoyed when he was later called in when an issue was finally found.

The car remains in the garage, with the team expecting it to be a "long repair".

At the front Mike Conway's advantage in the #7 Toyota (pictured) is 44s over Jani, while the #9 Toyota has been promoted to third after Buemi's problem.

REBELLION SWITCHAROUND IN LMP2

#13 Rebellion LMP2 Le Mans 2017

The Rebellion ORECA squad continues to run first and second in LMP2, but a drive-through penalty cost the #31 car of Bruno Senna the lead.

The Brazilian was deemed to have overtaken a car in a slow zone, and dropped to third place when he made his stop.

At the end of the hour, Piquet Jr in the #13 Rebellion ORECA has a lead of 9s, while Senna moved up to second after the out-of-sync Oliver Jarvis pitted in the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA.

With Jarvis just over 40s off the lead and a huge advantage over the rest of the field, the battle for class victory is currently a three-horse race.

Best of the rest is the #25 Manor ORECA of Simon Trummer, who is three minutes down.

The best of the non-ORECAs is the #32 United Autosports Ligier of Filipe Albuquerque in seventh place.

ASTON LOSES A RIVAL IN GTE BATTLE

Aston Martin's #97 Vantage remains in charge of GTE Pro and lost one of its principal rivals during the hour.

Daniel Serra still enjoys a slim lead, barely into double figures, over the #67 Ford GT now driven by Harry Tincknell.

But the #64 Corvette that had been running third in the hands of Oliver Gavin has been pushed into the garage after Tommy Milner took over the car and spun at the Porsche Curves on his out-lap, hitting the wall with his rear-left and damaging a wheel.

Milner got the car going again but then spun in the pitlane entry as a result of the damage and was briefly beached on the kerb.

At the turn of the hour the out-of-sequence #92 Porsche, #66 Ford and #95 Aston - all of which are recovering from earlier incidents - were third, fourth and fifth.

The car that might have benefitted from the Corvette's off, the #71 AF Corse Ferrari, dropped to 11th in class as a result of Sam Bird picking up a penalty for track-limit infringements.

Ferrari moved into the lead of GTE Am after the #98 Aston, which had run at the front for the majority of the race, suffered a huge right-front blow-out after the Mulsanne Kink which damaged that whole corner of the car.

Will Stevens now leads the class in the #84 JMW Ferrari, with nearly a minute in hand over the #90 TF Sport Aston Martin currently driven by Rob Bell.

POSITIONS AFTER EIGHT HOURS

PosClassCarDriversLapsGap
1LMP1#7 ToyotaConway, Kobayashi, Sarrazin131
2LMP1#1 PorscheJani, Lotterer, Tandy131+ 1m40.258s
3LMP1#9 ToyotaLapierre, Kunimoto, Lopez130+ 1 Lap
4LMP1#8 ToyotaBuemi, Davidson, Nakajima125+ 6 Laps
5LMP2#13 OrecaPiquet Jr, H. Hansson, Beche123+ 8 Laps
6LMP2#31 OrecaProst, Canal, Senna123+ 10.005s
7LMP2#38 OrecaTung, Laurent, Jarvis123+ 43.511s
8LMP2#25 OrecaGonzalez, Trummer, Petrov122+ 9 Laps
9LMP2#35 AlpinePanciatici, Ragues, Negrao122+ 7.164s
10LMP2#40 OrecaAllen, Matelli, Bradley122+ 51.765s
11LMP2#32 LigierOwen, De Sadeleer, Albuquerque122+ 1m24.594s
12LMP2#24 OrecaGraves, Hirschi, Vergne122+ 2m57.830s
13LMP2#21 OrecaHedman, Hanley, Rosenqvist121+ 10 Laps
14LMP2#37 OrecaCheng, Gommendy, Brundle121+ 0.270s
15LMP2#34 LigierMoore, Hanson, Chandhok120+ 11 Laps
16LMP2#47 DallaraLacorte, Sernagiotto, Belicchi120+ 33.086s
17LMP2#23 LigierBarthez, Buret, Berthon119+ 12 Laps
18LMP2#28 OrecaPerrodo, Vaxiviere, Collard118+ 13 Laps
19LMP2#39 OrecaGuibbert, Trouillet, Winslow118+ 1m52.334s
20LMP2#33 LigierNicolet, Nicolet, Maris116+ 15 Laps
21LMP2#29 DallaraLammers, Van Eerd, Barrichello116+ 1m08.410s
22LMP2#17 LigierLafargue, Lafargue, Zollinger114+ 17 Laps
23GTE Pro#97 AstonTurner, Adam, Serra114+ 13m40.075s
24GTE Pro#67 FordPriaulx, Tincknell, Derani114+ 13m51.882s
25GTE Pro#92 PorscheChristensen, Estre, Werner114+ 13m53.716s
26GTE Pro#66 FordMucke, Pla, Johnson114+ 13m55.231s
27GTE Pro#95 AstonThiim, Sorensen, Stanaway114+ 14m06.757s
28GTE Pro#91 PorscheLietz, Makowiecki, Pilet114+ 14m09.901s
29GTE Pro#68 FordHand, Muller, Kanaan114+ 14m14.510s
30GTE Pro#69 FordBriscoe, Westbrook, Dixon114+ 14m18.348s
31GTE Pro#51 FerrariCalado, Pier Guidi, Rugolo114+ 14m19.938s
32GTE Pro#63 ChevroletMagnussen, Garcia, Taylor114+ 14m22.957s
33GTE Pro#71 FerrariRigon, Bird, Molina114+ 14m45.463s
34LMP2#36 AlpineDumas, Menezes, Rao112+ 19 Laps
35LMP1#2 PorscheBernhard, Bamber, Hartley112+ 3m37.612s
36GTE Am#84 FerrariSmith, Stevens, Vanthoor112+ 3m46.864s
37GTE Am#90 AstonYoluc, Hankey, Bell112+ 4m40.814s
38GTE Am#55 FerrariCameron, Scott, Cioci111+ 20 Laps
39GTE Am#99 AstonHoward, Gunn, Bryant111+ 26.810s
40GTE Am#77 PorscheRied, Cairoli, Dienst111+ 43.261s
41LMP2#27 DallaraAleshin, Sirotkin, Shaitar111+ 1m13.108s
42GTE Am#62 FerrariMacneil, Sweedler, Bell111+ 2m19.416s
43GTE Am#93 PorscheLong, Al Faisal, Hedlund111+ 3m08.808s
44GTE Pro#64 ChevroletGavin, Milner, Fassler110+ 21 Laps
45GTE Am#65 FerrariNielsen, Balzan, Curtis110+ 5m07.526s
46GTE Am#83 FerrariKrohn, Jonsson, Bertolini110+ 6m31.387s
47GTE Am#61 FerrariMok, Sawa, Griffin110+ 6m53.164s
48GTE Am#86 PorscheWainwright, Barker, Foster110+ 8m10.911s
49LMP2#45 LigierPatterson, Mcmurry, Capillaire109+ 22 Laps
50GTE Am#50 ChevroletRees, Brandela, Philippon109+ 1m45.788s
51GTE Am#54 FerrariFlohr, Castellacci, Beretta109+ 4m28.199s
52LMP2#22 OrecaRojas, Hirakawa, Gutierrez108+ 23 Laps
53GTE Am#98 AstonDalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda108+ 32.019s
54GTE Am#60 FerrariWee, Katoh, Parente107+ 24 Laps
55LMP2#43 RileyKeating, Bleekemolen, Taylor106+ 25 Laps
56LMP2#49 LigierKonopka, Calko, Breukers96+ 35 Laps
57GTE Pro#82 FerrariVilander, Fisichella, Kaffer72Retired
58LMP2#26 OrecaRusinov, Thiriet, Lynn20Retired
59GTE Am#88 PorscheBachler, Lemeret, Al Qubaisi18Retired
60LMP1#4 EnsoWebb, Kraihamer, Bonanomi7Retired
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