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Suspension Drama for No. 52 AF Corse Ferrari in Hour 15

GTE-Pro contending No. 52 suffers left-rear suspension failure…

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The GTE-Pro class-contending No. 52 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo has dropped out of contention as daybreak nears Sunday morning at Le Mans.

Miguel Molina pitted the Ferrari from third in the 15th hour with left-rear suspension failure to the Prancing Horse, requiring significant repairs for the factory squad.

It has promoted the No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR-19 of Kevin Estre to third in class, behind the class-leading No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari and No. 63 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R of Antonio Garcia with nine hours to go.

Clutch issues for the No. 64 Corvette, meanwhile, have dropped it to 49th overall after a lengthy stop in the garage as well.

Up front, the pair of Toyota GR010 Hybrids continue to hold a commanding lead, with the No. 7 entry of Jose Maria Lopez ahead of teammate Kazuki Nakajima in second.

Nico Lapierre runs third in the No. 36 Alpine A480 Gibson, which is now four laps behind.

Team WRT’s pair of Oreca 07 Gibsons pace LMP2, with the No. 31 entry of Robin Frijns out front ahead of Louis Deletraz.

The No. 22 United Autosports Oreca has hit alternator issues and remains in the garage after multiple attempts to solve the electrical gremlin.

Another LMP2 car to face trouble was the No. 49 High Class Racing Oreca of Jan Magnussen, who was hit by the No. 26 G-Drive Racing Aurus 01 Gibson of Roman Rusinov that led to a tire puncture and contact with the wall.

The car is now in the garage with engine issues.

GTE-Am continues to be led by the No. 83 AF Corse Ferrari of Francois Perrodo.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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