JHS18

80Th Running Of The Grand Prix D'endurance

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Noticed that Deltawing has set their fastest time straight away. They're not hanging about. A 3:42.612 - tenth for the moment, but don't get too excited till later.

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#7 Toyota starts to show some life going fourth quickest on a 3:31.411

#51 AF Corse Ferrari won't be taking part in this session, too much damage from Fisichella's practice chicane.

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JRM won't be chasing a time. Just doing their mandatory night laps and then parking it up. Could be a risky strategy if it rains tomorrow...

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The #7 Toyota improves to second with a 3:27.191. We may yet see a shoot-out for pole position.

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Fire extinguisher went off on the Deltawing, possibly causing electrical problems apparently.

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Another thing I love about Le Mans at night - seeing the brakes glowing hot.

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Interesting stat: entire LMP2 field is currently split by 3 seconds. That's mighty impressive. Epic battle on the cards.

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Under an hour to go. No change at the top, still an Audi and a Toyota on the front row. The second Toyota is currently 5th, quicker than the #3 Ultra Audi which has just spent a lengthy time in the pits.

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#33 and #13 both have minor incidents at the last chicane, but there's no contact and no damage thankfully.

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The Deltawing has been recovered, but won't go out on track again tonight. Their earlier time currently puts them in 25th place, quicker than six LMP2 cars. Not a bad effort from them today.

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Michael Krumm saying Dletawing can achieve a 3:39. That'd put it 13th overall and jsut ahead of the leading LMP2.

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Looks like Anthony Davidson is going for a time in the #8 Toyota with little over half an hour of the session remaining. The #7 car is still sitting pretty in second place.

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Davidson moves up to fourth place only with a 3:28.295 - so the current order is #2 Audi, #7 Toyota, #1 Audi, #8 Toyota.

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Loic Duval in the #3 Ultra changes that to go second with an 3:26.634 - only 0.158 off pole. More cars setting quicker times - stand by for action in the last 13 minutes.

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Andre Lotterer and Mike Rockenfeller improve in the #1 and #4 cars to move to fourth and fifth, pushing the #8 Toyota down to sixth now.

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Lotterer does it again! He takes pole right at the end of the session with a 1:25.453! Second remains the #2 Audi with the #3 next. Wurz didn't go out at the end in the #7 Toyota and is fourth, #4 Audi is fifth and the #8 Toyota who had an engine change earlier is sixth.

That could all change tomorrow though, with two more qualifying sessions. The second session starts at 19:00 and runs to 21:00 and the last session from 22:00 to 24:00 French times.

A full run down of the provisional grid can be found here:

http://live.lemans-tv.com/

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Fire extinguisher went off on the Deltawing, possibly causing electrical problems apparently.

Well, I'll sheepishly admit to doing the same thing in the Formula Ford.....bag.png

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Bit of news from the ACO today. Firstly, a new Asian Le Mans Series for next year, similar to that of ELMS. No LMP1 cars, just P2, PC, GT and GTC.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/100353

Additionally, confirmation of the 2014 regulations. No open cars allowed in LMP1 from 2014, a bit of a shame I think. I'd have loved to see an open c#ckpit Porsche, but that won't be the case.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/100351

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Oh, and following its practice crash yesterday, the #51 received chassis damage. Therefore, the car will start in 56th place for the race.

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The second of three qualifying 2 hour sessions is about to begin.

Coverage as usual on www.radiolemans.com.

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Hmm. This is going to be difficult to compare times. Last night's times have been deleted from the timesheet, so the timing is showing this as a brand new session and it'll be hard to tell if anyone's improved up the grid.

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