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Le Mans 24 hours: Alonso loses reclaimed time to Lopez at pitstop

Kobayashi Toyota Le Mans 2019

Jose Maria Lopez moved back into a one-minute lead of the Le Mans 24 Hours after Fernando Alonso in the sister Toyota had earlier made inroads into his advantage.

The #8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID driven by Alonso had edged towards the leading number #7 car - which Kobayashi used to drive away from Alonso before handing to Lopez - for much of the 15th hour, the gap coming down to as little as 51s.

But the pendulum swung the other way when the two Japanese cars pitted a lap apart as the end of the hour approached.

Thomas Laurent still held a comfortable third position in the best of the Rebellion-Gibson R-13s.

The top privateer was just under two minutes clear of Mikhail Aleshin in the survivng SMP Racing AER-powered BRE Engineering BR1.

LMP2 - G-Drive ahead, battle for third heats up

The G-Drive Racing ORECA-Gibson 07 continued to lead the LMP2 field following the latest round of stops.

Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne handed the #26 car over to Job van Uitert with a lead of over 1m30s to manage in the final minutes of the hour.

Nicolas Lapierre has the #36 Signatech-Alpine in a lonely second place at the conclusion of the 14th hour.

The #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing car of Stephane Richelmi came under pressure from Anthony Davidson in the DragonSpeed ORECA-Gibson 07 early on.

But Richelmi progressively built up a gap of 28s to maintain third in class.

The RLR MSport ORECA-Gibson 07 of Arjun Maini slowed at the Mulsanne late in the hour and lost eight minutes in the garage to rectify the problem and is down in 16th in class.

Alex Brundle dropped to the rear of the LMP2 class after the United Autosports Ligier somehow lost its left-rear wheel.

GTE - Ferrari leads as Corvette splits Porsches behind

James Calado took the wheel of the leading #51 Ferrari at the front of the GTE Pro field in the latest round of stops.

Calado holds an advantage of 19s over Richard Lietz's Manthey Porsche and has so far been unable to extend the gap the Ferrari driver built when Lietz's team-mate Gianmaria Bruni was driving.

The last remaining Corvette of Jan Magnussen is third in class ahead of the #93 Porsche of Nick Tandy and a train of factory Ford GT runners.

The GTE Am Ford of Ben Keating holds a commanding advantage over the rest of the class.

Positions after 15 hours

PosClassCarDriversLapsGap
1LMP1#7 ToyotaConway, Kobayashi, Lopez238
2LMP1#8 ToyotaBuemi, Nakajima, Alonso238+ 1m04.702s
3LMP1#3 RebellionLaurent, Berthon, Menezes235+ 3 Laps
4LMP1#11 BRPetrov, Aleshin, Vandoorne234+ 4 Laps
5LMP1#1 RebellionJani, Lotterer, Senna231+ 7 Laps
6LMP2#26 AurusRusinov, Van Uitert, Vergne228+ 10 Laps
7LMP2#36 AlpineLapierre, Negrao, Thiriet227+ 11 Laps
8LMP2#38 OrecaTung, Richelmi, Aubry227+ 1m38.644s
9LMP2#31 OrecaGonzalez, Maldonado, Davidson227+ 2m06.087s
10LMP2#28 OrecaPerrodo, Vaxiviere, Duval226+ 12 Laps
11LMP2#22 LigierHanson, Albuquerque, Di Resta225+ 13 Laps
12LMP2#48 OrecaLafargue, Chatin, Rojas225+ 24.123s
13LMP2#30 OrecaJamin, Ragues, Dumas224+ 14 Laps
14LMP2#23 LigierBinder, Canal, Stevens223+ 15 Laps
15LMP2#39 OrecaGommendy, Capillaire, Hirschi222+ 16 Laps
16LMP2#47 DallaraLacorte, Sernagiotto, Belicchi220+ 18 Laps
17LMP2#29 DallaraVan Eerd, Van Der Garde, De Vries219+ 19 Laps
18LMP2#25 OrecaZollinger, Pizzitola, Falb219+ 59.700s
19LMP2#50 LigierCreed, Ricci, Boulle218+ 20 Laps
20LMP2#20 OrecaFjordbach, Andersen, Beche218+ 36.768s
21LMP2#43 OrecaFarano, Maini, Nato218+ 2m02.084s
22LMP2#32 LigierCullen, Brundle, Owen215+ 23 Laps
23LMP2#34 LigierSmiechowski, Winslow, Moore214+ 24 Laps
24GTE Pro#51 FerrariPier Guidi, Calado, Serra211+ 27 Laps
25GTE Pro#91 PorscheLietz, Bruni, Makowiecki211+ 19.437s
26GTE Pro#63 ChevroletMagnussen, Garcia, Rockenfeller211+ 39.281s
27GTE Pro#93 PorschePilet, Bamber, Tandy211+ 54.721s
28GTE Pro#69 FordBriscoe, Westbrook, Dixon211+ 1m10.371s
29GTE Pro#68 FordHand, Muller, Bourdais211+ 1m23.156s
30GTE Pro#67 FordPriaulx, Tincknell, Bomarito211+ 1m54.322s
31GTE Pro#94 PorscheMuller, Jaminet, Olsen210+ 28 Laps
32GTE Pro#66 FordMucke, Pla, Johnson210+ 15.945s
33GTE Pro#89 FerrariDerani, Jarvis, Gounon209+ 29 Laps
34GTE Pro#82 BMWFarfus, Da Costa, Krohn209+ 4m15.040s
35GTE Am#85 FordKeating, Bleekemolen, Fraga207+ 31 Laps
36GTE Pro#92 PorscheChristensen, Estre, Vanthoor206+ 32 Laps
37GTE Am#56 PorscheBergmeister, Lindsey, Perfetti206+ 2m11.899s
38GTE Pro#81 BMWCatsburg, Tomczyk, Eng206+ 2m31.773s
39GTE Am#90 AstonYoluc, Hankey, Eastwood205+ 33 Laps
40GTE Am#84 FerrariSegal, Baptista, Lu205+ 10.865s
41GTE Am#57 FerrariKimura, Cozzolino, Ledogar205+ 32.987s
42GTE Am#61 FerrariPerez-Companc, Griffin, Cressoni205+ 41.943s
43GTE Am#62 FerrariMacneil, Vilander, Smith205+ 1m11.293s
44GTE Am#77 PorscheCampbell, Ried, Andlauer205+ 2m20.603s
45GTE Am#86 PorscheWainwright, Barker, Preining205+ 2m22.870s
46GTE Am#78 PorschePrette, Prette, Abril204+ 34 Laps
47GTE Am#54 FerrariFlohr, Castellacci, Fisichella204+ 35.192s
48GTE Am#83 FerrariGostner, Frey, Gatting203+ 35 Laps
49GTE Am#70 FerrariIshikawa, Beretta, Cheever202+ 36 Laps
50GTE Am#60 FerrariSchiavoni, Pianezzola, Piccini200+ 38 Laps
51LMP2#37 OrecaHeinemeier-Hansson, King, Taylor199+ 39 Laps
52GTE Pro#97 AstonMartin, Lynn, Adam196+ 42 Laps
53LMP1#17 BRSarrazin, Orudzhev, Sirotkin163+ 75 Laps
54LMP1#4 EnsoDillmann, Webb, Ruberti163+ 2h35m00.370s
55LMP2#49 LigierKonopka, Enqvist, Tereschenko160+ 78 Laps
56GTE Pro#71 FerrariRigon, Bird, Molina140+ 98 Laps
57GTE Pro#95 AstonThiim, Sorensen, Turner132+ 106 Laps
58GTE Am#98 AstonDalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda87+ 151 Laps
59GTE Pro#64 ChevroletGavin, Milner, Fassler82+ 156 Laps
60GTE Am#88 PorscheHoshino, Roda Jr, Cairoli79+ 159 Laps
61LMP1#10 BRHedman, Hanley, Van Der Zande76+ 162 Laps
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