Porsche remains at the head of the field in the World Endurance Championship season finale, but this time, it’s the No. 14 919 Hybrid leading the way at the halfway point.
The No. 14, driven by Marc Lieb, took the lead after the No. 20 919 Hybrid of Brendon Hartley pitted from P1 at Lap 119. Timo Bernhard has now taken over that car, which has slipped to third behind Lieb and the No. 8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid of Anthony Davidson.
The No. 1 Audi of Lucas di Grassi has gone up to fourth past the No. 7 Toyota of Stephane Sarrazin, while the No. 2 Audi is sixth. Tom Kristensen, who is ending his legendary career this afternoon, has not yet ran a stint in the No. 1 car during this race.
Meanwhile, in LMP2, the No. 27 SMP Racing Oreca of Sergey Zlobin – who moved into position to claim the class championship following the early crash of the No. 26 G-Drive Racing Ligier – has managed to avoid major trouble and still sits third. Currently, Maurizio Mediani is at the controls of the No. 27.
The No. 37 SMP Oreca is now in the LMP2 race lead after Matt Howson had two off-course excursions in the No. 47 KCMG Oreca – one of which ended with Howson tagging a barrier.
GTE-Pro has swung to the favor of the No. 92 Porsche Team Manthey 911 RSR of Frederic Makowiecki. In GTE-Am, two Astons – the No. 98 and No. 95 – sandwich the No. 75 Prospeed Competition Porsche GT3 RSR in the top three spots.
Former F1 World Champion and Indy 500 Emerson Fittipaldi got in a stint during the third hour of the race in the No. 61 AF Corse machine, but slowed on track before managing to get the car going again. However, he subsequently brought the car to the pits, and at last report, the car is being worked on in the garage.