Le Mans 24 Hours (2017) – LIVE Race Coverage

Le Mans 24 Hours (2017)

Full coverage of the Le Mans 24 Hours (2017) race and the events leading up to it….follow the action, news and results here!




Le Mans 24 Hours Starting Grid 

Download PDF document here – Starting Grid for the Le Mans 24 Hours 2017

To commence the 85th Le Mans 24 Hours, the starting grid for the LMP1 class is as follows: Toyota #7 with Mike Conway starting is in pole position and Toyota #8 with Buemi at the wheel in second. Third position is Porsche #1 with Jani starting and in fourth position is Porsche #2 with Bernhard. Fifth and sixth is Toyota #9 with Lapierre and Bykolles #4 with Webb both starting.

  • Track and Air temperatures are incredibly high for this year’s race and up in the high thirties which obviously provides a dry surface but also brings additional problems such as reduced fuel volumes and engine, tyres and driver temperatures. Predictions are that if the ambient temperature rises beyond 32 degrees Centigrade then this could present a major problem to Toyota who is not running their cars with Air Conditioning, unlike Porsche who is. A potential result of this would be that the Toyota team would only allow the drivers to drive for a period of 80 minutes without a break as opposed to the 4 hours for Porsche.

REVIEW OF THE LE MANS 24 HOURS (2017)

3.00 pm / 24.00 (hours remaining) – Race Start and very quickly the positions shuffle in the first lap with Porsche #1 taking second place from Toyota #8 and Bykolles #4 retiring to the pit lane after sustaining accident damage.

FACT: Fastest lap currently has been set down by Conway in the Toyota #7 with a time of 3.18.93 seconds on lap 2

3.20 / 23.40 – Positions currently stand at Toyota #7, Porsche #1, Toyota #8, Porsche #2, Toyota #9 with Bykolles #4 currently out of the race.

All of the LMP2 class cars are grouped evenly and this is also the case with the GT PRO and AM classes staying firmly within their categories.

FACT: Conway has now set the fastest lap again (3rd lap) with a time of 3.18.69 in the Toyota #7.

3.35 pm / 23.25 – The LMP1 class is still in the same grouping as before with no changes. LMP2 is currently being led by Senna in car #31 with Petrov in #25 close behind with a 8.34 second gap.

In GT PRO, Aston Martin #95 is currently leading with a gap of 2 minutes and 12 seconds behind the lead LMP1. Behind the #95 Aston is #97 Aston and the #51 Ferrari with #69 Ford GT in fourth in class.

In GT AM, #50 Corvette leads in class with #98 Aston following behind with #62 Ferrari in third and in fourth is #90 Aston Martin.

3.45 pm / 23.15 – In LMP1, Toyota #8 is in the lead with Toyota #7 in second, with Porsche’s #1 and #2 behind in third and fourth places leaving Toyota #9 in fifth place. Bykolles #4 is still in the garage with the driver (Webb) out of the car following unresolvable engine problems.

FACT: Most of the GT PRO and GT AM cars have now pitted

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 1  Click here to download PDF document

4.00 pm / 23.00 – All groupings are the same as halfway through the first hour with track temperatures dropping slightly.

FACT: 17 laps were completed in the first hour of the 24 hour race.

#22 LMP2 Oreca has suffered from a transmission fault is currently garaged for a gearbox actuator replacement.

4.15 pm / 22.45 – #26 G-Drive LMP2 has contacted the #88 Proton Porsche and both cars have sustained severe damage although the Porsche has managed to return to the garage. The G-Drive LMP2 is still out on the track with no drive and the sector (8) is currently yellow flagged.

UPDATE:  The #26 car has now managed to return to the garage for inspection and repair. Porsche #88 has now officially retired from the race following severe damage sustained in the earlier collision with #26 G-Drive LMP2. The #26 G Drive has now also officially retired following the accident.

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 2  Click here to download PDF document 

5.00 pm / 22.00 – All positions for LMP1 remain the same with no changes with the remaining five cars.

LMP2 class is also grouped with no major changes in position, apart from the retired cars no longer active.

GT PRO and GT AM classes have had minor shuffling in positions but otherwise, they also remain grouped in their respective classes for positioning in the race.

LMP1 positions are as follows:  #7 Toyota, #8 Toyota, #1 Porsche, #2 Porsche, #9 Toyota

FACT:  LMP1 have completed 37 laps and LMP2 covering 35 laps, GT PRO 32 laps and GT AM 31 laps

5.45 pm / 21.15 – The positioning remains the same in the LMP1 class but with earlier driver changes. #7 Toyota is now being piloted by Kobayashi, #8 Toyota has Davidson at the wheel, #1 Porsche with Tandy and #2 with Bamber driving, #9 Toyota has Lopez at the helm.

FACT: LMP1 have completed 47 laps and LMP2 covering 45 laps, GT PRO 41 laps and GT AM 40 laps

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 3  Click here to download PDF document

6.00 pm / 21.00 – No changes in the running order for the LMP1 cars but #39 LMP2 has dropped down to 38th position and is currently the only car breaking up the GT grouping.

UPDATE:  #1 Porsche has taken 2nd position as #8 Toyota pits and takes on Nakajima as the replacement driver. #2 Porsche has just pitted with tyres having been used for three sessions.

LMP1 have completed 37 laps and LMP2 covering 35 laps, GT PRO 32 laps and GT AM 31 laps

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 4  Click here to download PDF document

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 5  Click here to download PDF document

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 6 Click here to download PDF document

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 7  Click here to download PDF document

11.15 pm / 15.45 – Now on lap 136 and quite a few changes in race positions with all classes now mixed up. Toyota #7 is still in lead position with #1 Porsche in second and #9 Toyota in third. Toyota #8 is in 14th position after pitting earlier in the race and staying in since lap 125.

Porsche #2 is in 34th position and went into the garage on lap 117 with Timo Bernhard in the driving seat. Toyota #8 car is currently experiencing problems with very high track temperatures which is causing issues with the front brakes and hybrid systems.

LMP2 class is still in category as it GT PRO. GT AM is slightly mixed up with a few back-marking LMP2 cars.

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 8  Click here to download PDF document

12.15 am / 14.45 – LMP1 Porsche #2 is now in 21st position and working it’s way up the table after leaving the garage for electrical repairs.

UPDATE: Ford #66 has left the track and spun into the run off gravel area. Once recovered, Pla and the Ford GT are now back in the running.

12.30 am / 14.30 – Toyota #8 is still in the garage and currently lying in 54th position with ongoing repairs to replace one of the front hybrid units.

12.45 am / 14.15 – Toyota #7 with Kobayashi behind the wheel has just experienced problems with transmission and cannot select gears. Porsche #1 has now taken the lead with Tandy driving.

FACT:  Laps covered in the race so far: LMP1 154 laps, LMP2 145 laps, GT PRO 135 laps, GT AM 133 laps

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 9  Click here to download PDF document

1.00 am / 14.00 – Toyota #7 has now stopped on the circuit after trying to limp back to the pit lane since exhausting the hybrid battery power. The car is now permanently out of the race after not being able to return to the pit lane unassisted. Toyota #8 currently in 54th position should be returning to the race shortly after a two-hour stint in the garage enabling Toyota to continue running two out of their three cars.

Porsche #1 with Tandy driving is now in 1st position and the #9 Toyota in second place.

UPDATE:  One of the Manor LMP2 cars has just left the track at Dunlop Curves.

UPDATE:  #9 Toyota has lost a rear tyre and is currently heading for the pit lane. The car is short of the required distance due to damage to the engine hydraulic system caused by the tyre blowout but Lapierre is attempting to continue with hybrid power. The tyre blowout is now being linked to the previous contact with the Manor car.

LMP2 car #31 with Prost driving is now in 3rd position

UPDATE:  Lapierre has exited the #9 car which did not make the final few yards to the pit lane and the car is now officially retired along with the #7 car. The #8 car is the last remaining Toyota in the Le Mans 24 Hours but is already over two hours behind in the race.

2.00 am / 13.00 – The overall positions for 1st, 2nd and 3rd are; LMP1 #1 Porsche driven by Tandy, followed by LMP2 #31 Valient Rebellion Oreca driven by Prost and in third place is LMP2 #13 Valient Rebellion driven by Beche.

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 10  Click here to download PDF document

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 11  Click here to download PDF document

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 12  Click here to download PDF document

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 13  Click here to download PDF document

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 14  Click here to download PDF document

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 15  Click here to download PDF document

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 16  Click here to download PDF document

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 17  Click here to download PDF document

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 18  Click here to download PDF document

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 19  Click here to download PDF document

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 20  Click here to download PDF document

11.45 am / 3.15 – Porsche #1 driven by Lotterer has officially retired after suffering engine power failure and having to rely on Hybrid power to return to the garage for investigation.

Porsche #2 has now returned to 2nd position after 315 laps with the #8 Toyota in 10th position but with only 305 laps behind it.

The #38 LMP2 car of Jackie Chan with Laurent is currently leading the race with 317 laps covered.

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 21  Click here to download PDF document

12.15 pm / 2.45 – As it currently stands, the overall classification for the first four cars is as follows: 1st – #38 LMP2 on 321 laps, 2nd – #2 LMP1 on 320 laps, 3rd – #13 LMP2 on 319 laps, 4th – #35 LMP2 on 319 laps.

The only other remaining LMP1 car, #8 Toyota is currently in 10th position and has obtained 309 laps.

FACT:  The track temperature is currently at 41 degrees Centigrade which is taking it’s toll on the tyres and engines.

12.55 pm / 2.05 – Current position for top four cars is 1st – #38 LMP2 on 332 laps, 2nd – #2 LMP1 with a gap of 3.10 seconds gap behind the race leader, 3rd – #35 LMP2 on 330 laps, 4th – #13 LMP2 with a 1.16 second gap behind the 2nd place car.

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 22  Click here to download PDF document

1.15 pm / 1.45 – The lead LMP2 Oreca (#38) is on 337 laps with the second place Porsche (#2) behind with a 2.10.84 second gap. The #35 Alpine LMP2 car is in third place on 335 laps and the #13 Oreca LMP2 in fourth place with a gap of 0.405 second gap behind the Alpine.

RACE CLASSIFICATION DOCUMENT LINK – HOUR 23  Click here to download PDF document

2.00 pm / 1.00 – Porsche #2 has now taken the lead position with Bernhard driving and the car has obtained a total of 351 laps.

In close second is the LMP2 car #38 of Jackie Chan driven by Tung and is 43.341 seconds behind the lead Porsche.

The Toyota #8 is in 9th position and has 342 laps behind it so far.

2.30 pm / 0.30 – Porsche #2 still in lead position at 358 laps and still being driven by Bernhard.

2.45 pm / 0.15 – The #8 Toyota is still 9 laps (353 laps) behind the Porsche #2 (362 laps) with only 15 minutes left to race.

LMP2 class is chasing the tail of the Porsche #2 and currently holding 2nd place is #38 Oreca and 3rd place #13 Oreca.

In GT PRO class, the Corvette #63 is leading and closely followed in a huge battle for podium is the #97 Aston Martin and the #67 Ford GT in third position in class.

GTE AM is being dominated by Ferrari with the top three positions being held by the one brand.

3.00 pm / 0.00 – FINISH OF THE LE MANS 24 HOURS

Porsche #2 WINS the 85th Le Mans 24 Hours race, driven by Timo Bernhard over a totoal of 367 laps.

2nd podium place is taken by LMP2 car #38 Oreca driven by H Tung over 366 laps

3rd podium place is taken by LMP2 car #13 Oreca driven by J Piquet over 364 laps.

24 HOUR RESULTS DOCUMENT LINK – Click here to download PDF document


 

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