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No. 2 Porsche Leads at Halfway Mark

Porsche leads Six Hours of Nürburgring at halfway mark…

Photo: Vincent Wouters

Photo: Vincent Wouters

Neel Jani took the lead in the Six Hours of Nürburgring right before the halfway mark, as Romain Dumas brought the No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid in during the second Full Course Yellow while the top three had already pitted.

While the Mark Webber’s No. 1 Porsche and both the Audis have been battling for the lead for most of the race, it was a well-timed pitstop that moved the No. 2 Porsche up from fourth to the lead of race, gaining almost half a minute.

Both Audis overtook the No. 1 Porsche on track at the beginning of the second hour, and while a slow puncture made the Porsche pit a couple of laps early, the resulting shorter refueling time meant it regained track position once the Audis visited the pits.

The gap between the Porsche and Audis remained at three to four seconds, even after Lucas Di Grassi and Andre Lotterer changed position in their pursuit.

Toyota runs 5th and 6th and is not able to keep up with the leaders, with both TS050 Hybrids are already one lap down.

Lewis Williamson led the LMP2 class in the No. 42 Strakka Racing Gibson 015S Nissan after three hours, ahead of the No. 36 Signatech Alpine A460 Nissan of Gustavo Menezes and Matt Rao’s No. 45 Manor Racing Oreca 05 Nissan.

The No. 26 G-Drive Racing Oreca Nissan that started the race on class pole, pitted from the lead with gearboxes issues, with it currently still in the pits.

Stefan Muecke led the GTE-Pro field at the restart after the second FCY, but had yet to make its pit stop in the No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT.

Aston Martin has been in control of the class for most of the first half, with Nicki Thiim keeping both AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTEs behind in the No. 95 Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8.

The sister No. 97 Aston Martin lost time fixing its mirror, while the No. 67 Ford GT is 15 laps down following a refueling fire.

Mathias Lauda leads GTE Am in the No. 98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8, ahead of the KCMG Porsche 911 RSR in the hands of Christian Ried.

Vincent Wouters (@VinceWouters) is a Belgium-based sports car racing reporter, providing coverage primarily of the Blancpain GT Series.

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