16-hour round-up –Wet weather puts the 24 Hours of Le Mans on hold

16 Jun 2024

24h Le Mans




Spectators who have grabbed a few hours’ sleep in their tents, caravans and motorhomes at the Circuit des 24 Heures will wake up to an increasingly muddy campground. On the track, the teams have had to deal with rain that has been falling non-stop for the last four hours, neutralising the race. Safety first.

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Racing on the back-burner

Race Control announced the introduction of the safety cars at 3:45 am as the steady rain turned into a deluge. The go-slow continued through the night and through daybreak, suspending any meaningful competition. Race leadership swapped hands between the Porsche Penske Motorsport #6 Porsche 963 and the Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 and #7 Toyota GR010-Hybrids as they entered and left the pits while the team bosses and mechanics gazed desperately at the control screens, pleading for the sign of a restart.

In the meantime, Lamborghini Iron Lynx’s Romain Grosjean in the #16 Lamborghini SC63 occupied himself with a plumbing job in his cockpit.

As the clock ticked towards 8:00 am, the safety car procedure was winding down with the race due to restart in the 17th hour.

Status Quo in LMP2

During the neutralisation period, the AF Corse #183 Oreca 07-Gibson led the LMP2 field around the sodden track, ahead of the COOL Racing #37 and the Inter Europol Competition #34.

Porsche one-two in LMGT3

The leader of the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMGT3 Teams, Manthey PureRxcing, holds top spot with its #92 Porsche 911 GT3 R LMGT3 behind the safety cars, ahead of the Manthey EMA #91 Porsche, followed by the #27Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGT3 of Heart of Racing Team. Sadly, Team WRT’s #46 BMW M4 LMGT3, whose line-up included MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi, is out of the race. An earlier accident by teammate Ahmad Al Harty resulted in the car’s retirement.

Top Five after 16 hours

#8 Toyota GR010-Hybrid | Toyota Gazoo Racing | Buemi/Hartley/Hirakawa | 196 laps

#6 Porsche 963 | Porsche Penske Motorsport | Estre/Lotterer/Vanthoor | +1.053

#50 Ferrari 499P | Ferrari AF Corse | Fuoco/Molina/Nielsen | +2.300

#7 Toyota GR010-Hybrid | Toyota Gazoo Racing | López/Kobayashi/de Vries | +3.895

#83 Ferrari 499P | AF Corse | Kubica/Shwartzmann/Ye | +13.780

Other class leaders

LMP2 – #183 Oreca 07-Gibson | AF Corse | Perrodo/Barnicoat/Varrone (LMP2 Pro/Am) | 187 laps

LMGT3 – #92 Porsche 911 GT3 R LMGT3 | Manthey PureRxcing | Malykhin/Sturm/Bachler | 177 laps

​Retirements #54 Ferrari 296 LMGT3 | Vista AF Corse | Flohr/ Castellacci/Rigon – Accident damage #35 Alpine A424 | Alpine Endurance Team | Chatin/Habsburg-Lothringen/Milesi – Engine failure #9 Oreca 07-Gibson | Proton Competition | Ried/Capietto/Viscaal – TBC #36 Alpine A424 | Alpine Endurance Team | Lapierre/Schumacher/Vaxiviere – Engine failure #15 BMW M Hybrid V8 | BMW M Team WRT | Vanthoor/Marciello/Wittmann – Accident damage #30 Oreca 07-Gibson | Duqueine Team | Falb/Allen/Simmenauer (LMP2 Pro/Am) – Engine failure #46 BMW M4 LMGT3 | Team WRT | Al Harthy/Rossi/Martin – Accident damage #45 Oreca 07-Gibson | Crowdstrike Racing by APR | Kurtz/Braun/Catsburg (LMP2 Pro/Am) – TBC Fastest lap

Antonio Fuoco, #50 Ferrari 499P – 3:29.208 (lap 46)

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