JHS

The 79Th Running Of The Grand Prix Of Endurance

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Session about to go back green, oil was down at Arnage.

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Pagenaud improves to third for Peugeot with 12 minutes to go. Kristensen about to go on a run. Things building up nicely.

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Kristensen bins it! Pagenaud can't step up to the mark, so it looks like the #2 Audi has pole!

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So here's how they line up for the race. Audi 1-2, Peugeot 3-4, Audi, Peugeot.

Signatech hold on to pole in LMP2. Strakka managed to move up to second after their crash yesterday, with the Oreca third.

BMW deny AF Corse by just 0.448 of a second , the #55 BMW on pole, with the damaged #56 that didn't set a lap time tonight holding on to third.

AF Corse did however, manage to secure the GT Am pole in the 430, with a sizeable 2.250 gap over the second placed car, the #63 Felbermayr car.

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Mad Friday tomorrow, but as ever, no track action. It's a time for mechanics to get any broken cars fixed, any set-ups tweaked and to get some rest. For the drivers, it's a day to relax and enjoy meeting the fans.

Things recommence Saturday morning for warm-up of the greatest race, before it all starts at 3pm. Don't miss it (yes Eric, I'm looking in your direction). :P

Full quali report from AUTOSPORT.

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Have no idea about endurance racing but I'll probably be dipping in and out of the coverage of this one. Bit of a rubbish weekend for those who watch lots of series though, scheduling wise, what with F1, MotoGP, Le Mans, WSB...

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Top six separated by less than a second!! Race start should be very exciting, bring on Saturday!!! :D GTE Pro battle should be good, BMW on pole but Ferrari & Corvette are on the money too, Porsche not so! Fantastic livery on the Flying Lizard's but the car is past its sell-by date at this point, even though it's a 2011-spec 997 in Pro, very little changes were made from 2010! They need to make a new 911 project in order to be back up there!

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Here, let Allan McNish explain:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SWNcv52g8g

I've sort of gone off MotoGP a little bit. The races aren't really that exciting at the moment, the championship isn't close and there's hardly any bikes on the grid. I'll watch Le Mans, thanks. :P

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The latest news from today is that Oreca is now involved with Nissan, building a new LMP1 for next year, whilst Toyota and Hyundai are also interested in coming to Le Mans. Great news if true!

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Hyundai have already developed an LMP-like car in the form of Rhys Millen's Pikes Peak car & Toyota are already supplying engines to Rebellion! Would be great to see Toyota return to Le Mans after their unlucky run in 98 & 99!

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Yes, like Oreca apparently being involved with the Nissan coupe, I could imagine Rebellion becoming the works Toyota team in future.

So, today is race day. Race begins at 3pm French time. Here are the results from warm-up.

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This is your half an hour warning. Half an hour till the race starts.

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They've just moved off on the formation lap. Here we go....

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Problems for Aston. 007 Aston in the gravel, 009 car being pushed away.

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HUGE CRASH! Allan McNish car tangles with Luxury Racing 458, tyre ends up in the marshal area. Don't think anyone was hit but McNish still in the car...safety car of course.

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McNish now out the car...that's a great sign. Hopefully all the marshals/photographers are okay.

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So lucky the car didn't go over there; barrier will no doubt be a little higher next year...

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Indeed, very fortunate that amazingly nobody was hurt.

And we're back to green after a lengthy SC period.

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#1 Audi crashes out in another big incident.

Rockenfeller managed to get out the car on his own, no information on the state of his potential injuries. Turning out to be a nightmare of a race for Audi.

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