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No. 1 Porsche Leads Under Safety Car After 14 Hours

Porsche leads as the sun rises over Le Mans…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

The No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Neel Jani holds a 11 lap lead as the field has been put under control of the Safety Car for an accident involving the No. 28 TDS Racing Oreca 07 Gibson.

With Emmanuel Collard behind the wheel, the car appeared to go off course and into the tire barriers at the Porsche Curves, which prompted the Safety Car to be deployed.

Collard, who along with Racing Team Nederland driver Jan Lammers is the most experienced driver in the field, exited the car under his own power.

The TDS Racing car was running in 10th position in the LMP2 class at the time of the accident.

Timo Bernhard holds second place in LMP1 in the No. 2 Porsche but is 17 laps down and just tenth overall after major repairs earlier in the race.

The No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid is the lone remaining Toyota on track in third in class, 27th overall a further 11 laps off the pace.

The No. 13 Vaillante Rebellion leads the LMP2 category and runs second overall at the hands of Nelson Piquet Jr. after earlier problems sidelined many of the LMP1 contenders.

The No. 13 inherited the lead after the sister No. 31 entry pitted with gearbox problems in Hour 13. That car has returned to action and runs third in class and fourth overall.

Sandwiched between the two Rebellions in second and on the class-leader’s lap is the No. 38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca, with Ho-Pin Tung at the controls.

The top-two cars in GTE-Pro run in close proximity with the No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR of Richard Lietz holding a minimal advantage over the No. 95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE of Marco Sorensen.

The sister No. 97 Aston Martin of Daniel Serra is third, followed by the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT driven by Andy Priaulx and the No. 63 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R of Jan Magnussen.

Rob Smith and JMW Motorspot heads up a Ferrari 488 GTE 1-2 in GTE-Am, one lap ahead of second placed Marco Cioci in the No. 55 Spirit of Race entry.

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based broadcaster and reporter. In addition to his work covering primarily domestic sports car racing for Sportscar365, he is a pit reporter for SRO America's TV coverage as well as for IndyCar Radio. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

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