Le Mans : #8 resumes lead after strong night stint by Fernando Alonso
As the sun rises on Sunday, it is the #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Fernando Alonso, Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi which has resumed the lead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans after a strong night stint from the Spanish driver.
Having been behind since the sixth hour of the race after picking up a 60 second stop/go penalty for speeding in a slow zone area, the #8 car was over two minutes behind the sister #7 car of Mike Conway, Jose Maria Lopez and Kamui Kobayashi.
Alonso got into the car for the night shift and put in a quadruple stint in the car until sunrise, closing the gap from 110 seconds to just 30, he handed the car over to Nakajima who continued the hard work and they now lead their team-mates by over 30 seconds.
In the early hours of the morning, both Toyotas were handed 60 second stop/go penalties for speeding in slow zones the second one for the #8 car, this meant the gap was maintained between the leaders.
After a tough start for the #1 Rebellion, it has joined its sister car on the lead lap in a battle a final six hour battle for the final spot on the overall podium.
The #10 Dragonspeed ran into issues in the early hours after sliding off the track at the Porsche curves and into the tyre barrier on the outside causing massive damage. The team has subsequently retired the car.
In LMP2, the G-Drive machine with Jean-Eric Vergne, Roman Rusinov and Andrea Pizzitola hold over a lap lead over the Panis Barthez Competition car of Julien Canal, Timothé Buret and former F1 driver Will Stevens.
Porsche continues to dominate in the GTE Pro class as the #92 911 RSR with the 'Pink Pig' retro livery holding a commanding lead over their team-mates in the other retro liveried #91 with the famous cigarette livery from the famous 956.
The #68 and #67 Ford GTs which hold third and fourth place in class are pushing hard on the #91 Porsche for the final six hours just 20 seconds behind.
The #77 Dempsey-Proton Porsche still leads in the GTE Am class by over a lap from the #85 Keating Motorsports Ferrari without fault thus far, going faster than anyone else in the class.
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