24 hours of Le Mans: Porsche-Toyota duel in the lead, the race neutralized by rain for four hours

24 hours of Le Mans: Porsche-Toyota duel in the lead, the race neutralized by rain for four hours

The 92nd edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is keeping its promises for the moment since three manufacturers – Toyota, Porsche and Ferrari – remain in the fight at dawn on Sunday on the totally wet Sarthe circuit.

At 9 a.m., Toyota number 8 was leading the 24 hours of Le Mans ahead of Porsche and Ferrari this Sunday, after 17 hours of a race neutralized for more than four hours due to rain.

More than 4 hours waiting for the green flag

At the last check-in shortly after 9 a.m., the number 8 was barely 3 seconds ahead of the Porsche N.6 which had started in the lead the day before on the legendary Le Mans track. The first Ferrari in the ranking, the N.50, was third, more than 20 seconds behind.

From 3:45 a.m. to almost 8 a.m., the cars drove slowly on the Sarthe circuit since the race was neutralized for safety reasons, the rain having fallen in quantity on certain portions of the long 13.626 km route. The decision taken by the commissioners therefore frozen the positions for a long time – overtaking was not authorized under these conditions. However, the classification varied according to the pit stops, before the race resumed.

Ranking at 9 a.m., after seventeen hours of racing:

1. Sébastien Buemi – Brendon Hartley – Ryo Hirakawa (SUI-NZL-JPN/Toyota GR010 N.8)

2. Kévin Estre – André Lotterer – Laurens Vanthoor (FRA-GER-BEL/Porsche 963 N.6)

3. Antonio Fuoco – Miguel Molina – Nicklas Nielsen (ITA-ESP-DEN/Ferrari 499P N.50)

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