Le Mans: Hours 12 to 18 report

The 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans is entering the final quarter of the race with very little change at the front of the running order.

LMP1

Nick Tandy leads in the #19 Porsche over his teammate Mark Webber in the #17 Porsche. The Audi trio of Rene Rast in the 9, Marcel Fassler in the #7 and Oliver Jarvis in the #8 are behind them while Neel Jani is sixth in class in the remaining Porsche. Toyota are much further off the pace as they are six and eight laps off the pace with Alex Wurz and Sebastien Buemi piloting the cars with 360 minutes to go. The major happening during the last few hours was an engine cover for the #7 Audi flying off, causing the Audi to head back to the pits for a new one.

LMP2

KCMG has not been challenged as Richard Bradley leads the category over Julien Canal and Oliver Turvey. All three have a Nissan engine behind them as the common element but Bradley’s in the new Oreca 05, Canal’s in the Ligier JS P2, and Turvey’s in the Gibson 015S.

GTE-Pro

GTE-Pro has the American hope of Corvette Racing on top with Tommy Milner jumping aboard as Oliver Gavin brought the car into the pits just after the 18 hour mark. The #51 AF Corse Ferrari is second in class with Toni Vilander behind the wheel as Vilander exited the pits just behind Milner. Jorg Bergmeister is leading the factory GT Porsche effort in third place.

GTE-Am

GTE-Am is a bit more pronounced as the #98 Aston Martin driven by Paul Dalla Lana leads over the #72 SMP Racing Ferrari and the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche piloted by Marco Seefried.

GTE-Am had an incident with about 7:20 left as the #96 Aston Martin driven by Roald Goethe was being overtaken by Nico Hulkenberg in the Porsche curves. Goethe went off track and crashed heavily but was declared fine at the medical center. Hulkenberg had a brief stay in the garage under the safety car to check the car over and was sent out shortly thereafter.

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A 2012 graduate of LSU, Christopher DeHarde primarily focuses on the NTT IndyCar Series and the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. DeHarde has actively covered motorsports since 2014.

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