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Race-Contending No. 1 Porsche to Garage in Hour 9

Brendon Hartley to garage for major repair work in Hour 9…


Just moments after both Audis made trips to the garage, the No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid has hit major trouble in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Brendon Hartley pitted his No. 1 Porsche just past the nine-hour mark from third place, after the defending FIA World Endurance Championship-winning car was struggling for pace with co-driver Timo Bernhard at the wheel.

Porsche has yet to confirm the issue for the car but it remains in the garage on its high jacks with extensive work ongoing.

It is the third factory LMP1 car to run into issues, just past the one-third mark of the race.

Both Audi R18s have battled undisclosed issues with the front of its diesel-powered contenders and currently run 4th and 7th, with the No. 13 Rebellion R-One in sixth.

The No. 6 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Stephane Sarrazin continues to lead the race, ahead of the No. 2 Porsche of Neel Jani.

An accident for the No. 98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE of Paul Dalla Lana, who slammed into the wall at the Porsche Curves, has put the race under only the second safety car of the race.

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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