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Le Mans 24 Hours: #1 Porsche maintains stranglehold in hour 17

#1 Porsche Le Mans 24 Hours 2017

Porsche remains on course for victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours as Neel Jani continues to lead at the 17-hour mark.

The #1 919 Hybrid took the lead in the 10th hour when the #7 Toyota retired with a suspected clutch problem.

The Porsche has been dominant ever since with Jani maintaining an 11-lap advantage in the car he shares with Nick Tandy and Andre Lotterer.

The #2 Porsche is still 10th overall while the #8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID remains in the race in 15th place.

LAURENT KEEPS LMP2 LEAD FOR DC

#38 DC Racing ORECA Le Mans 24 Hours 2017

Thomas Laurent continues to hold second place overall and the LMP2 lead in the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA.

Laurent's advantage over the #13 Rebellion ORECA of Nelson Piquet Jr is currently 11 seconds after getting ahead in the previous hour when a slow zone proved costly for the Rebellion.

The second Rebellion car of Bruno Senna remains third in class,comfortably ahead of the #35 Signatech ORECA.

#91 Porsche Le Mans 24 Hours 2017

PORSCHE CLOSES IN, FERRARI CRASHES IN GTE PRO

The #91 Porsche shared by Patrick Pilet, Richard Lietz and Frederic Makowiecki became the most plausible challenger to the leading #95 Aston Martin during the 17th hour as the #51 Ferrari fell out of contention owing to an incident with a GTE Am car.

The Porsche and Aston are on asynchronous strategies owing to Porsche being able to triple-stint its Michelin tyres while Aston (running Dunlops) can only do two.

That enabled Pilet to lead for much of the hour after the Aston pitted from the front and Richie Stanaway had to make its way past James Calado to retake second place, a process eased when Calado had a coming-together with the #90 GTE Am Aston at the second Mulsanne chicane.

Stanaway then moved back into the lead when Pilet pitted to hand over to Makowiecki shortly before the turn of the hour, while the #51 Ferrari remains in the garage.

The stop left the Porsche running fourth in class, now behind the #97 Aston in which Daniel Serra twice broke the GTE lap record before relaying to Jonny Adam.

That car is currently running a minute behind its sister car, having lost track position during the pre-dawn safety car period, and closing in on the second-placed #63 Corvette now driven by Jordan Taylor, which also enjoyed a brief spell in the lead as the pitstop sequence cycled through.

JMW's #84 Ferrari remains well clear in GTE Am, a lap ahead of the #55 Spirit of Race Ferrari.

POSITIONS AFTER 17 HOURS

PosClassCarDriversLapsGap
1LMP1#1 PorscheJani, Lotterer, Tandy265
2LMP2#38 OrecaTung, Laurent, Jarvis253+ 12 Laps
3LMP2#13 OrecaPiquet Jr, H. Hansson, Beche253+ 10.958s
4LMP2#31 OrecaProst, Canal, Senna251+ 14 Laps
5LMP2#35 AlpinePanciatici, Ragues, Negrao251+ 39.792s
6LMP2#37 OrecaCheng, Gommendy, Brundle250+ 15 Laps
7LMP2#32 LigierOwen, De Sadeleer, Albuquerque250+ 33.147s
8LMP2#24 OrecaGraves, Hirschi, Vergne250+ 1m39.294s
9LMP2#40 OrecaAllen, Matelli, Bradley248+ 17 Laps
10LMP1#2 PorscheBernhard, Bamber, Hartley247+ 18 Laps
11LMP2#23 LigierBarthez, Buret, Berthon245+ 20 Laps
12LMP2#47 DallaraLacorte, Sernagiotto, Belicchi244+ 21 Laps
13LMP2#34 LigierMoore, Hanson, Chandhok242+ 23 Laps
14LMP2#36 AlpineDumas, Menezes, Rao238+ 27 Laps
15LMP1#8 ToyotaBuemi, Davidson, Nakajima237+ 28 Laps
16LMP2#17 LigierLafargue, Lafargue, Zollinger236+ 29 Laps
17LMP2#29 DallaraLammers, Van Eerd, Barrichello235+ 30 Laps
18GTE Pro#95 AstonThiim, Sorensen, Stanaway235+ 1m49.706s
19GTE Pro#91 PorscheLietz, Makowiecki, Pilet235+ 1m52.152s
20GTE Pro#71 FerrariRigon, Bird, Molina235+ 2m18.096s
21LMP2#33 LigierNicolet, Nicolet, Maris235+ 2m33.783s
22GTE Pro#63 ChevroletMagnussen, Garcia, Taylor234+ 31 Laps
23GTE Pro#97 AstonTurner, Adam, Serra234+ 2.364s
24GTE Pro#67 FordPriaulx, Tincknell, Derani234+ 23.826s
25GTE Pro#68 FordHand, Muller, Kanaan234+ 2m42.547s
26GTE Pro#51 FerrariCalado, Pier Guidi, Rugolo233+ 32 Laps
27GTE Pro#69 FordBriscoe, Westbrook, Dixon233+ 4m39.435s
28LMP2#21 OrecaHedman, Hanley, Rosenqvist232+ 33 Laps
29GTE Am#84 FerrariSmith, Stevens, Vanthoor231+ 34 Laps
30GTE Pro#64 ChevroletGavin, Milner, Fassler230+ 35 Laps
31GTE Am#55 FerrariCameron, Scott, Cioci230+ 45.574s
32GTE Am#62 FerrariMacneil, Sweedler, Bell229+ 36 Laps
33GTE Am#99 AstonHoward, Gunn, Bryant228+ 37 Laps
34GTE Am#61 FerrariMok, Sawa, Griffin228+ 5.679s
35GTE Pro#66 FordMucke, Pla, Johnson228+ 3m15.747s
36GTE Am#77 PorscheRied, Cairoli, Dienst228+ 4m18.172s
37GTE Am#93 PorscheLong, Al Faisal, Hedlund227+ 38 Laps
38LMP2#27 DallaraAleshin, Sirotkin, Shaitar227+ 3m29.540s
39GTE Am#86 PorscheWainwright, Barker, Foster226+ 39 Laps
40GTE Am#65 FerrariNielsen, Balzan, Curtis226+ 17.291s
41GTE Am#83 FerrariKrohn, Jonsson, Bertolini226+ 18.967s
42GTE Am#98 AstonDalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda226+ 54.889s
43GTE Am#90 AstonYoluc, Hankey, Bell226+ 1m03.545s
44GTE Am#54 FerrariFlohr, Castellacci, Beretta226+ 1m58.249s
45GTE Am#60 FerrariWee, Katoh, Parente225+ 40 Laps
46LMP2#45 LigierPatterson, Mcmurry, Capillaire221+ 44 Laps
47LMP2#22 OrecaRojas, Hirakawa, Gutierrez220+ 45 Laps
48LMP2#39 OrecaGuibbert, Trouillet, Winslow220+ 15m39.841s
49LMP2#43 RileyKeating, Bleekemolen, Taylor218+ 47 Laps
50GTE Am#50 ChevroletRees, Brandela, Philippon211+ 54 Laps
51LMP2#49 LigierKonopka, Calko, Breukers205+ 60 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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