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Mike Conway extends #7 Toyota's lead in hour 9 at Le Mans

#7 Toyota Le Mans 2017

Mike Conway has extended Toyota's advantage in the Le Mans 24 Hours to its biggest margin yet during the race's ninth hour.

Conway's lead in the #7 Toyota is now up to 1m04s over Neel Jani in the best of the Porsches.

Jani in turn is in a comfortable second place with the #9 Toyota over a lap behind in third.

The third-place car lost further time during the last hour after requiring a brighter side number panel to be fitted during its latest stop.

Sebastien Buemi has remained in the pits throughout the last hour as the Toyota crew attempt to fix a front motor issue on the #8 car.

He has now been caught by Earl Bamber in the #2 Porsche that suffered a similar front-axle drive issue earlier in the race, which has moved up to fourth in LMP1 but is not yet in the top 30 overall.

LMP2: REBELLIONS SWAP AGAIN

#31 Rebellion Le Mans 2017

It's still a Rebellion Racing ORECA one-two in LMP2, but once again the two cars have swapped around.

The #13 car of Nelson Piquet Jr held the lead at the start of the hour, but it lost around a minute in a pitstop having a rear-left light problem worked on.

This allowed the #31 Rebellion to take the lead, with Bruno Senna still at the wheel and 74s clear of Mathias Beche in #13.

Thomas Laurent runs third in the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA, 1m40s down, with no other cars still on the lead lap.

Simon Trummer runs fourth in the #24 Manor ORECA, with the French manufacturer locking out the top eight places.

ASTON LEADS FORD IN GTE PRO

#97 Aston Martin Le Mans 2017

Aston Martin continued to keep former owner Ford at arm's length as Daniel Serra maintained a 19-second gap in the #97 Vantage over the #67 Ford GT driven by Harry Tincknell.

Michael Christensen was running third for Porsche at the turn of the hour in a GTE Pro class in which many of the top 11 entries behind the Aston and Ford - all still running on the same lap - are out of pitstop sync after encountering problems earlier in the race.

Marco Sorensen is fourth for Aston Martin in the #95 Vantage that led during the opening hours before suffering a puncture, ahead of the #68 Muller/Kanaan/Hand Ford, which has made stealthy forward progress from the rear of the GTE Pro grid.

JMW's #84 Porsche leads GTE Am in the hands of Dries Vanthoor, who has half a minute in hand over the #90 TF Sport Aston Martin driven by Rob Bell.

POSITIONS AFTER NINE HOURS

PosClassCarDriversLapsGap
1LMP1#7 ToyotaConway, Kobayashi, Sarrazin145
2LMP1#1 PorscheJani, Lotterer, Tandy145+ 1m02.442s
3LMP1#9 ToyotaLapierre, Kunimoto, Lopez143+ 2 Laps
4LMP2#31 OrecaProst, Canal, Senna137+ 8 Laps
5LMP2#13 OrecaPiquet Jr, H. Hansson, Beche136+ 9 Laps
6LMP2#38 OrecaTung, Laurent, Jarvis136+ 1m05.873s
7LMP2#25 OrecaGonzalez, Trummer, Petrov136+ 4m00.671s
8LMP2#35 AlpinePanciatici, Ragues, Negrao136+ 4m13.547s
9LMP2#40 OrecaAllen, Matelli, Bradley135+ 10 Laps
10LMP2#24 OrecaGraves, Hirschi, Vergne135+ 34.064s
11LMP2#32 LigierOwen, De Sadeleer, Albuquerque135+ 49.657s
12LMP2#37 OrecaCheng, Gommendy, Brundle135+ 2m04.151s
13LMP2#21 OrecaHedman, Hanley, Rosenqvist133+ 12 Laps
14LMP2#47 DallaraLacorte, Sernagiotto, Belicchi133+ 7.559s
15LMP2#34 LigierMoore, Hanson, Chandhok132+ 13 Laps
16LMP2#23 LigierBarthez, Buret, Berthon132+ 2m30.434s
17LMP2#28 OrecaPerrodo, Vaxiviere, Collard131+ 14 Laps
18LMP2#39 OrecaGuibbert, Trouillet, Winslow131+ 34.736s
19LMP2#29 DallaraLammers, Van Eerd, Barrichello129+ 16 Laps
20LMP2#33 LigierNicolet, Nicolet, Maris129+ 2m43.546s
21GTE Pro#97 AstonTurner, Adam, Serra127+ 18 Laps
22GTE Pro#67 FordPriaulx, Tincknell, Derani126+ 19 Laps
23GTE Pro#92 PorscheChristensen, Estre, Werner126+ 1.746s
24GTE Pro#95 AstonThiim, Sorensen, Stanaway126+ 7.187s
25GTE Pro#68 FordHand, Muller, Kanaan126+ 15.557s
26GTE Pro#51 FerrariCalado, Pier Guidi, Rugolo126+ 24.852s
27GTE Pro#69 FordBriscoe, Westbrook, Dixon126+ 31.056s
28GTE Pro#63 ChevroletMagnussen, Garcia, Taylor126+ 31.656s
29GTE Pro#91 PorscheLietz, Makowiecki, Pilet126+ 36.780s
30GTE Pro#71 FerrariRigon, Bird, Molina126+ 59.074s
31GTE Pro#66 FordMucke, Pla, Johnson126+ 1m12.143s
32LMP1#2 PorscheBernhard, Bamber, Hartley126+ 2m04.179s
33LMP2#17 LigierLafargue, Lafargue, Zollinger126+ 2m56.401s
34LMP1#8 ToyotaBuemi, Davidson, Nakajima125+ 20 Laps
35LMP2#27 DallaraAleshin, Sirotkin, Shaitar124+ 21 Laps
36GTE Am#84 FerrariSmith, Stevens, Vanthoor124+ 8.746s
37GTE Am#90 AstonYoluc, Hankey, Bell124+ 2m25.598s
38GTE Am#77 PorscheRied, Cairoli, Dienst123+ 22 Laps
39GTE Am#55 FerrariCameron, Scott, Cioci123+ 1m23.744s
40GTE Am#62 FerrariMacneil, Sweedler, Bell123+ 1m27.015s
41GTE Am#99 AstonHoward, Gunn, Bryant123+ 2m35.758s
42GTE Am#93 PorscheLong, Al Faisal, Hedlund123+ 4m14.993s
43GTE Pro#64 ChevroletGavin, Milner, Fassler122+ 23 Laps
44GTE Am#65 FerrariNielsen, Balzan, Curtis122+ 2.833s
45LMP2#36 AlpineDumas, Menezes, Rao122+ 33.174s
46LMP2#45 LigierPatterson, Mcmurry, Capillaire122+ 1m03.454s
47GTE Am#61 FerrariMok, Sawa, Griffin122+ 1m53.229s
48GTE Am#83 FerrariKrohn, Jonsson, Bertolini122+ 3m06.041s
49GTE Am#86 PorscheWainwright, Barker, Foster121+ 24 Laps
50GTE Am#50 ChevroletRees, Brandela, Philippon121+ 1m49.939s
51LMP2#22 OrecaRojas, Hirakawa, Gutierrez121+ 1m52.040s
52GTE Am#54 FerrariFlohr, Castellacci, Beretta120+ 25 Laps
53GTE Am#98 AstonDalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda120+ 2m10.222s
54GTE Am#60 FerrariWee, Katoh, Parente119+ 26 Laps
55LMP2#43 RileyKeating, Bleekemolen, Taylor109+ 36 Laps
56LMP2#49 LigierKonopka, Calko, Breukers99+ 46 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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