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Le Mans 24 Hours: #1 Porsche adds another lap to commanding lead

Neel Jani has added another lap to Porsche's advantage as the Le Mans 24 Hours reaches two-thirds distance.

The #1 Porsche now heads the LMP2 lead battle by 11 laps as the 16th hour was another one without major incident for the car Jani shares with Nick Tandy and Andre Lotterer.

Second in class is still the sister car with Timo Bernhard remaining 10th overall, while Sebastien Buemi has climbed to 16th in the #8 Toyota.

Those are the only three LMP1 cars still in the race.

TUNG GRABS LMP2 LEAD

#38 DC Racing ORECA Le Mans 24 Hours 2017

The #38 Jackie Chan ORECA run by DC Racing has claimed second overall and top spot in LMP2 courtesy of Ho-Pin Tung.

The #13 Rebellion ORECA of Nelson Piquet had been leading but lost around a minute during a slow zone.

Tung was then able to pit - restoring the #38 machine in line with the Rebellion in the pitstop sequence - and still emerge ahead.

The second Rebellion remains third in the hands of Bruno Senna.

The main casualty during that hour was the #40 Graff ORECA of James Allen, who went off at Indianapolis.

As a result it dropped from sixth to eighth in class.

#95 Aston Martin Le Mans 24 Hours 2017

ASTON'S LEAD ERODED IN GTE PRO

The safety car period in the previous hour enabled Marco Sorensen to hold a leading margin of a minute and a half in the #95 Aston Martin once the circuit went green and the out-of-pitstop-sync #91 Porsche of Richard Lietz, which had been leading, broke for the pits.

But two further slow zones during the hour enabled the chasing pack to slash that lead to under 20s.

Sorensen and Lietz had been running behind one safety car and the chasing pack the other.

Both AF Corse Ferraris had pitted under the full-course yellow, emerging behind the second safety car, but the slow zones brought them back into contention.

Calado led the chasing pack in the #51 Ferrari, but was caught and passed by Pilet - in for Lietz in the #91 Porsche - during the hour.

The timing of the subsequent slow zones - for a spinning prototype and Tracy Krohn's GTE Am Ferrari at Indianapolis - then enabled them to move in on the leading Aston.

The #71 Ferrari also fought back after a brief visit to the garage during its pitstop, passing Andy Priaulx in the #67 Ford.

The situation remains less fluid in GTE Am, where the #84 JMW Ferrari currently driven by Robert Smith still leads, albeit by a reduced margin after gold driver Marco Cioci went on a charge in the second-placed #55 Ferrari.

POSITIONS AFTER 16 HOURS

PosClassCarDriversLapsGap
1LMP1#1 PorscheJani, Lotterer, Tandy248
2LMP2#38 OrecaTung, Laurent, Jarvis237+ 11 Laps
3LMP2#13 OrecaPiquet Jr, H. Hansson, Beche237+ 1m31.808s
4LMP2#31 OrecaProst, Canal, Senna236+ 12 Laps
5LMP2#35 AlpinePanciatici, Ragues, Negrao235+ 13 Laps
6LMP2#32 LigierOwen, De Sadeleer, Albuquerque235+ 2m49.477s
7LMP2#37 OrecaCheng, Gommendy, Brundle234+ 14 Laps
8LMP2#24 OrecaGraves, Hirschi, Vergne234+ 1m04.706s
9LMP2#40 OrecaAllen, Matelli, Bradley233+ 15 Laps
10LMP1#2 PorscheBernhard, Bamber, Hartley231+ 17 Laps
11LMP2#23 LigierBarthez, Buret, Berthon230+ 18 Laps
12LMP2#47 DallaraLacorte, Sernagiotto, Belicchi228+ 20 Laps
13LMP2#34 LigierMoore, Hanson, Chandhok226+ 22 Laps
14LMP2#36 AlpineDumas, Menezes, Rao222+ 26 Laps
15LMP2#17 LigierLafargue, Lafargue, Zollinger222+ 2m21.849s
16LMP1#8 ToyotaBuemi, Davidson, Nakajima221+ 27 Laps
17GTE Pro#95 AstonThiim, Sorensen, Stanaway220+ 28 Laps
18GTE Pro#91 PorscheLietz, Makowiecki, Pilet220+ 16.261s
19LMP2#29 DallaraLammers, Van Eerd, Barrichello220+ 18.706s
20GTE Pro#51 FerrariCalado, Pier Guidi, Rugolo220+ 23.697s
21GTE Pro#71 FerrariRigon, Bird, Molina220+ 27.676s
22GTE Pro#63 ChevroletMagnussen, Garcia, Taylor220+ 1m03.020s
23LMP2#33 LigierNicolet, Nicolet, Maris220+ 1m08.815s
24GTE Pro#97 AstonTurner, Adam, Serra220+ 1m26.133s
25GTE Pro#67 FordPriaulx, Tincknell, Derani220+ 2m01.540s
26GTE Pro#68 FordHand, Muller, Kanaan220+ 3m15.758s
27GTE Pro#69 FordBriscoe, Westbrook, Dixon219+ 29 Laps
28LMP2#21 OrecaHedman, Hanley, Rosenqvist217+ 31 Laps
29GTE Am#84 FerrariSmith, Stevens, Vanthoor217+ 1m37.738s
30GTE Pro#64 ChevroletGavin, Milner, Fassler216+ 32 Laps
31GTE Am#55 FerrariCameron, Scott, Cioci216+ 30.160s
32GTE Am#62 FerrariMacneil, Sweedler, Bell215+ 33 Laps
33GTE Am#99 AstonHoward, Gunn, Bryant215+ 45.439s
34GTE Am#61 FerrariMok, Sawa, Griffin214+ 34 Laps
35GTE Pro#66 FordMucke, Pla, Johnson214+ 3m10.818s
36GTE Am#77 PorscheRied, Cairoli, Dienst214+ 3m40.837s
37GTE Am#93 PorscheLong, Al Faisal, Hedlund213+ 35 Laps
38GTE Am#86 PorscheWainwright, Barker, Foster213+ 4m36.087s
39LMP2#27 DallaraAleshin, Sirotkin, Shaitar212+ 36 Laps
40GTE Am#90 AstonYoluc, Hankey, Bell212+ 1m19.352s
41GTE Am#83 FerrariKrohn, Jonsson, Bertolini212+ 2m28.115s
42GTE Am#65 FerrariNielsen, Balzan, Curtis212+ 2m49.201s
43GTE Am#98 AstonDalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda212+ 2m57.924s
44GTE Am#54 FerrariFlohr, Castellacci, Beretta212+ 4m59.269s
45GTE Am#60 FerrariWee, Katoh, Parente211+ 37 Laps
46LMP2#22 OrecaRojas, Hirakawa, Gutierrez210+ 38 Laps
47LMP2#45 LigierPatterson, Mcmurry, Capillaire207+ 41 Laps
48LMP2#39 OrecaGuibbert, Trouillet, Winslow205+ 43 Laps
49LMP2#43 RileyKeating, Bleekemolen, Taylor203+ 45 Laps
50GTE Am#50 ChevroletRees, Brandela, Philippon198+ 50 Laps
51LMP2#49 LigierKonopka, Calko, Breukers190+ 58 Laps
52LMP2#28 OrecaPerrodo, Vaxiviere, Collard213Retired
53GTE Pro#92 PorscheChristensen, Estre, Werner179Retired
54LMP1#9 ToyotaLapierre, Kunimoto, Lopez160Retired
55LMP1#7 ToyotaConway, Kobayashi, Sarrazin154Retired
56LMP2#25 OrecaGonzalez, Trummer, Petrov152Retired
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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