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Toyota's fading Le Mans hopes disappear as Porsche takes huge lead

#1 Porsche 919 Le Mans 2017

Toyota's fading hope of a first Le Mans 24 Hours victory has disappeared after its #9 entry sustained rear-end damage in the wake of a puncture, giving Porsche a huge lead.

Nicolas Lapierre was running second and a lap down on the leading Porsche in the previous hour when it spun into the gravel on the entry to the Dunlop Chicane after sustaining a puncture.

It appeared that the flailing left-rear tyre caused the rear-end damage as Lapierre attempted to recover.

Lapierre initially made it as far as the exit of Mulsanne Corner before grinding to a halt.

He got going again and was within sight of the pitlane entry after making it through the Porsche Curves and onto the short straight before the Ford Chicane when the car stopped for good.

The demise of the #9 car, which followed the retirement of #7 TS050 with a clutch problem, means that the only Toyota left in the race is the #8 car.

It is 28 laps in arreas after undergoing a front motor generator unit change.

Nick Tandy leads the race in the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid by a margin of eight laps from the best of the LMP2 runners.

The second Porsche, which has also undergone a change of MGU, is down in 16th place in the hands of Earl Bamber.

REBELLION RUNS ONE-TWO IN LMP2

The #31 Rebellion ORECA of Nicolas Prost continues to lead from the sister #13 machine of Mathias Beche.

The #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing machine of Thomas Laurent holds third, with the leading trio having a big advantage up front.

Richard Bradley runs fourth in the #40 Graff ORECA, which is a lap off the lead, ahead of the #35 Signatech ORECA of Negrao.

Simon Trummer had held fourth place in the #25 Manor ORECA, but suffered a big accident early in the hour at Dunlop that contributed to the safety car being deployed.

The sister #24 car is still running in seventh in the hands of Jean-Eric Vergne, which is one place behind he #37 Jackie Chan DC ORECA of Alex Brundle.

FERRARI LEADS GTE PRO

James Calado leads GTE Pro in the #51 Ferrari ahead of the #97 and #95 Aston Martins of Jonny Adam and Richie Stanaway.

The safety car split the leading runners, with the second half of the top 10 intially in the second group, which was then joined by the #91 Porsche of Pilet when he had to make his stop.

The #84 JMW Ferrari of Dries Vanthoor leads the GTE Am class.

POSITIONS AFTER 11 HOURS

PosClassCarDriversLapsGap
1LMP1#1 PorscheJani, Lotterer, Tandy170
2LMP2#31 OrecaProst, Canal, Senna162+ 8 Laps
3LMP2#13 OrecaPiquet Jr, H. Hansson, Beche162+ 32.987s
4LMP2#38 OrecaTung, Laurent, Jarvis161+ 9 Laps
5LMP2#40 OrecaAllen, Matelli, Bradley160+ 10 Laps
6LMP2#35 AlpinePanciatici, Ragues, Negrao160+ 4.040s
7LMP2#37 OrecaCheng, Gommendy, Brundle160+ 1m01.025s
8LMP2#24 OrecaGraves, Hirschi, Vergne160+ 1m01.686s
9LMP2#32 LigierOwen, De Sadeleer, Albuquerque160+ 1m20.641s
10LMP2#47 DallaraLacorte, Sernagiotto, Belicchi158+ 12 Laps
11LMP2#23 LigierBarthez, Buret, Berthon157+ 13 Laps
12LMP2#21 OrecaHedman, Hanley, Rosenqvist156+ 14 Laps
13LMP2#34 LigierMoore, Hanson, Chandhok156+ 32.429s
14LMP2#28 OrecaPerrodo, Vaxiviere, Collard155+ 15 Laps
15LMP2#39 OrecaGuibbert, Trouillet, Winslow155+ 2m28.203s
16LMP2#25 OrecaGonzalez, Trummer, Petrov152+ 18 Laps
17LMP1#2 PorscheBernhard, Bamber, Hartley152+ 49m22.011s
18LMP2#33 LigierNicolet, Nicolet, Maris152+ 50m03.327s
19GTE Pro#51 FerrariCalado, Pier Guidi, Rugolo150+ 20 Laps
20GTE Pro#97 AstonTurner, Adam, Serra150+ 2.567s
21GTE Pro#95 AstonThiim, Sorensen, Stanaway150+ 5.255s
22GTE Pro#91 PorscheLietz, Makowiecki, Pilet150+ 1m00.003s
23GTE Pro#71 FerrariRigon, Bird, Molina150+ 1m03.030s
24GTE Pro#92 PorscheChristensen, Estre, Werner150+ 1m26.730s
25GTE Pro#68 FordHand, Muller, Kanaan150+ 2m11.436s
26GTE Pro#67 FordPriaulx, Tincknell, Derani150+ 2m19.209s
27GTE Pro#63 ChevroletMagnussen, Garcia, Taylor149+ 21 Laps
28GTE Pro#69 FordBriscoe, Westbrook, Dixon149+ 2.651s
29LMP2#27 DallaraAleshin, Sirotkin, Shaitar149+ 20.605s
30LMP2#17 LigierLafargue, Lafargue, Zollinger149+ 2m35.918s
31LMP2#29 DallaraLammers, Van Eerd, Barrichello148+ 22 Laps
32GTE Am#84 FerrariSmith, Stevens, Vanthoor148+ 1m45.333s
33LMP2#36 AlpineDumas, Menezes, Rao147+ 23 Laps
34GTE Am#77 PorscheRied, Cairoli, Dienst147+ 1m05.279s
35GTE Am#90 AstonYoluc, Hankey, Bell147+ 1m12.825s
36GTE Am#55 FerrariCameron, Scott, Cioci146+ 24 Laps
37GTE Am#62 FerrariMacneil, Sweedler, Bell146+ 9.112s
38GTE Pro#64 ChevroletGavin, Milner, Fassler146+ 2m45.444s
39GTE Am#99 AstonHoward, Gunn, Bryant146+ 2m54.651s
40LMP2#45 LigierPatterson, Mcmurry, Capillaire146+ 3m18.619s
41GTE Am#65 FerrariNielsen, Balzan, Curtis145+ 25 Laps
42GTE Am#61 FerrariMok, Sawa, Griffin145+ 1.597s
43GTE Am#93 PorscheLong, Al Faisal, Hedlund145+ 7.754s
44GTE Am#83 FerrariKrohn, Jonsson, Bertolini145+ 2m16.511s
45GTE Am#86 PorscheWainwright, Barker, Foster144+ 26 Laps
46GTE Pro#66 FordMucke, Pla, Johnson144+ 1m52.376s
47GTE Am#98 AstonDalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda143+ 27 Laps
48LMP2#22 OrecaRojas, Hirakawa, Gutierrez143+ 5.343s
49GTE Am#54 FerrariFlohr, Castellacci, Beretta143+ 1m09.915s
50GTE Am#50 ChevroletRees, Brandela, Philippon143+ 1m50.485s
51GTE Am#60 FerrariWee, Katoh, Parente142+ 28 Laps
52LMP1#8 ToyotaBuemi, Davidson, Nakajima141+ 29 Laps
53LMP2#43 RileyKeating, Bleekemolen, Taylor133+ 37 Laps
54LMP2#49 LigierKonopka, Calko, Breukers122+ 48 Laps
55LMP1#9 ToyotaLapierre, Kunimoto, Lopez160Retired
56LMP1#7 ToyotaConway, Kobayashi, Sarrazin154Retired
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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