Toyota alternates, a disaster for the Corvette
Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez led the way in one-third of the # 7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid, 1.2s ahead of the # 8 sister cars of Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa.
Car # 7 took the lead at # 8 when Kobayashi jumped over Hirakawa in Hour 6 around the pits after their opening. Kobayashi then had two wilds in the evening, on a Ford chicane with the name Daytona chicane, as he extended the 7s lead.
Surprisingly, it was Hirakawa who was encouraged at the end of his career on the radio – “It’s a long race, let’s be patient” – when his team boss led the way despite his mistakes. But their place was changed when number 7 was lost and they stopped the tire slowly and stuck to the back of the GT car as it re-entered Conway, so Buemi took the lead # 8.
But the direction also shifted to Mulsanne Straight, a paid Conway that reverberated before the 7th hour.
Glickenhaus chased from a distance, with # 708 leading # 709 until Olivier Pla circled # 708 on the Tertre Rouge outside – turning their place. Pla slammed # 708 back into the pits to fix its left suspension and fell out of the top 15 overall.
Another Hypercar, # 36 Alpine A480-Gibson, also experienced difficulties. Following clutch repairs in Hour 4, the second long-term suspension occurred an hour later, the unit should remove the exhaust banks when they stop lighting.
Team manager Philippe Sinault explained: “First [problem] was a clutch, an electric clutch box, and the second was an engine coil, which we had to change. Everything we lost 23 minutes… is like a nightmare. ”
Alpine’s Andre Negrao reunited with 7 laps on the ground, and struggled through the wilds across the Porsche Curves but continued.
In LMP2, # 38 JOTA Oreca 07-Gibson continued to stretch his legs on the field while Roberto Gonzalez continued the fine work of teammates Will Stevens and Antonio Felix da Costa. It runs all four.
The chasing Team Penske # 5 Oreca struggled to stop unnoticed to take care of its ducts brakes and a new part of the nose after the left rear tire and damage and spinal damage in Ola.
The # 9 Prema Oreca of Robert Kubica, Louis Deletraz and Lorenzo Colombo are still strong in the hunt. Another forward runner, # 1 Richard Mille Racing Oreca, suffered a setback in Hour 5 as a result of WRC legend Sebastien Ogier receiving a one-minute penalty for entering the pit unprotected and forcing the car off the road.
# 92 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE Pro by Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor
Photo by: Marc Fleury
Corvette case in GTE Pro
Corvette’s performance on the GTE Pro team was disrupted in the race, the first time Nick Tandy encountered a brake problem in the # 64 Corvette C8.R, which led to an unplanned suspension for repairs.
But a big punch when lead # 63 failed to be stopped at the back left of Mulsanne when the 17s appeared. Antonio Garcia needed to return slowly, and the car needed to be repaired for a long time.
Rivals Porsche hardened a minor hit in the past when Frederic Makowiecki received a drive-through penalty in # 91 911 RSR-19 for “continuous tackle”. But his unassuming car # 92 of Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen and Laurens Vanthoor now has a big lead on delay # 91.
There was also a game in Ferrari where its leader # 52 AF Corse 48 was injured in the front right hand of Miguel Molina. This elevated the # 51 car of Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado and Daniel Serra to third in the class, behind Porsches and in front of the # 64 Corvette.
In GTE Am, # 79 WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 by Cooper MacNeil, Julian Andlauer and Thomas Merrill lead the # 77 Dempsey-Proton brand Christian Ried, Harry Tincknell and Seb Priaulx. The # 98 Northwest Aston Martin Vantage of Paul Dalla Lana, Nicki Thiim and David Pittard run third.