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As it happened: The 79th Le Mans 24 Hours
By Geoff Creighton, Emlyn Hughes and Simon Strang
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Le MansSat 12:00 Every year in early June, the focus of the motor racing world switches to a small town in north-west France.

This is no ordinary race - it is a supreme test of skill, strategy, reliability and engineering. For almost everyone involved - be it team bosses, mechanics, drivers or the millions of fans watching around the globe, it's a test of stamina.

Since 1923 the world's premier car manufacturers have pitted their wits against each other, racing for hour after hour around the hallowed 13.6km Circuit de la Sarthe. Great marques such as Audi, Peugeot, Ferrari, Porsche, Corvette, Ford and Lamborghini will face off against each other in one full day of combat.

At the end of the race, the best sportscar drivers and teams in the world will celebrate on the podium, while others will face setbacks and disappointments, but will keep the desire to come back and have a crack at the world's most prestigious race next year.

Welcome everyone to the 79th 24 Heures du Mans.

Sat 12:03 56 cars will start today - the largest field since 1955. The ingredients are all in place, ready to be mixed together over the next 25 hours.

The race itself will begin as the cars cross the start-finish line at precisely 13:00 GMT, but before then we will set the scene with a review of the track sessions so far this week, look at the weather forecast for the race and an invitation to all of you to join in with your comments during the race.

ThemesSat 12:06 Peugeot versus Audi is once again the big show in terms of outright victory in the LMP1 class. The last three years have produced fantastic duels between them for supremacy and it looks like more of the same this year, with just over half a second covering the top six cars on the grid.

A healthy LMP2 field sees Strakka's HPD take on the various Oreca, Zytek and OAK Pescarolos in another class that has provided close scraps in recent years.

GTE Pro is the sharp end of the revised GT classes this year. BMW take on the Corvettes, Ferraris and Porsches, with the all-new M3 GT setting a strong qualifying pace and looking to be the car to beat if either can go the distance.

GTE Am features similar cars but with some gentlemen racers among the ranks of some quick men.

JTFSat 12:09 On the right of the screen we have a panel of features to keep you informed throughout the race. Flags denoting the track status, class leaders and current weather at the circuit will all update live as the race unfolds.

We would also like you to join the fun throughout the event and post your thoughts and opinions on the action, via the red 'SHOW LIVE FORUM' bar at the bottom of the screen.

• Will it be Peugeot or Audi that takes the honours this time tomorrow?

• Can BMW triumph over the field of GTE Porsches and Ferraris?

• How will Aston Martin fare with its AMR-One?

• How do you plan to 'attack' the race? Will you be watching the event from start to finish or looking in on the action now and again?

Tell the world what you think.

IMCSat 12:12 Two Intercontinental Le Mans Cup events have taken place in 2011. In April the teams headed to the Paul Ricard test track for a six-hour endurance event, with many outfits using the race as a test session for the big one.

Sportscar legend Henri Pescarolo's team triumphed in a spectacular race, coming from the back of the grid to take the lead in fewer than 20 laps and then maintaining position for the remainder of the six hours. The Rebellion Lola-Toyota of Jean-Christophe Boullion and Andrea Belicchi finished second, just one lap down, while in LMP2 the Greaves Zytek-Nissan and Pecom Lola-Judd finished on the same lap in first and second respectively.

Pescarolo makes glorious return

The Spa 1000 kms took place in May and was billed as a full dress rehearsal for the Le Mans 24 Hours. Three works Peugeot 908s joined three Audis at one of the world's best circuits.

The French marque emerged with an impressive 1-2 victory, as Alex Wurz, Marc Gene and Anthony Davidson led home the sister 908 of Stephane Sarrazin, Franck Montagny and Nicolas Minassian. Audi finished third, fourth and fifth, with the top car of Alan McNish, Rinaldo Capello and Tom Kristensen finishing a lap down on the lead.

Peugeot wins Spa 1000km

Sat 12:15 The starting drivers are all lined up on the opposite side of the circuit to the cars, ready to make the dash across to the racing machines.

Sat 12:16 The French national anthem is played, concluded with applause from the huge crowd opposite the pits.

Sat 12:17 Drivers sprint across and are now getting comfortable in their cars before setting off on the laps to form up.

Sat 12:18 The ‘Herringbourne’ start was re-introduced to the pre-race ceremony last year as a poignant mark to a bygone era.

Between 1925 and 1969, the drivers would run across the track, quickly jump into their cars and speed off into the distance to signal the beginning of the race.

All drivers and team members in this year’s edition have walked over to the grandstand side of the track to recreate this magical moment. Firstly, the two non-starting drivers and the team members walked across the track to the pitlane to be with the cars.

Then, a short time ago, the 55 starting drivers proudly walked across the circuit to immense applause and cheers from the crowd. The drivers now have seven minutes to get bolted into their cars before the pitlane opens.

Sat 12:20 Audi scored the first blow in Wednesday's four-hour first practice, emerging with a 1-2 finish following a frantic end to the session as they traded fastest times with Peugeot.

Mike Rockenfeller topped the timesheets with a best effort of 3m27.986s in the closing stages, which demoted team-mate Andre Lotterer into second.

Peugeot remained in the hunt however, finishing third, fourth and sixth. Sebastian Bourdais went fastest for the French marque, as final run on fresh rubber moved him to within six tenths of the ultimate best.

The session was red-flagged for 18 minutes after a heavy crash for the #76 IMSA Performance Porsche 911, which dislodged the end of the tyre wall in the first section of the Porsche curves.

Rockenfeller puts Audi top in practice

Sat 12:20 General feeling of tension in the air here at Le Mans. Everyone seems a bit more nervous than usual, perhaps it's because this year it's too close to call in every class.

Sat 12:21 Having said that, out-going BMW Motorsport director Dr Mario Theissen is looking fairly chilled out down on the grid in front of our position in the press box.

Q1Sat 12:22 Peugeot set the pace in Wednesday's two-hour qualifying practice session, as Stephane Sarrazin snatched provisional pole with a sensational late effort.

That put the Peugeot 908 more than 0.9s clear of the three Audis, which had looked set to lock out the top three after pushing hard early on when track conditions were optimal.

Traffic was an issue during the session, hampering both camps as they tried to improve their times. The #1 Audi was also caught out by a stationary Gulf AMR Aston Martin Vantage at the Mulsanne kink, with the resulting accident causing a red-flag.

Peugeot's Sarrazin on provisional pole

Sat 12:22 Engines begin to fire before the cars head off on a formation lap.

Sat 12:23 The field begins to peel away for the first lap around the circuit.

Q2Sat 12:24 Marcel Fassler put Audi on provisional pole in the penultimate qualifying session, denying Peugeot glory in dramatic fashion.

Having set the pace in first qualifying, Stephane Sarrazin was in sensational form and looked to have kept Peugeot on top with a 3m36.156s, only for Fassler to best his time just moments later.

Andy Priaulx caused the only major incident of note as he crashed at the Ford chicane, apparently having run over some debris and lost purchase. The #56 BMW M3 GT ended third fastest in the GTE Pro class, behind the #51 Ferrari 458 Italia and its sister #55 BMW.

Fassler takes Audi provisional pole

Sat 12:24 Perhaps that's because this will be his last one before handing the reigns over completely to Jens Marquardt

Sat 12:25 Sebastian Bourdais put Peugeot on top in Saturday morning's warm-up, the final session before the start of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Audi had set the pace for much of the session, with polesitter Benoit Treluyer again in spectacular form, only for Bourdais to snatch top spot with a 3m27.228s lap as the session ended.

Peugeot's Bourdais leads warm-up

Sat 12:25 Everyone is leaving the grid now as the cars set off following the ceremonial running across the track from the drivers.

Q3Sat 12:26 Audi locked out the front row of the grid for the Le Mans 24 Hours, as Benoit Treluyer seized pole for the #2 R18 with an opportunistic lap 40 minutes from the end.

Peugeot tried to respond but its drivers' efforts were ultimately thwarted by traffic, leading to an incredibly close finish as the top six were covered by less than six tenths of a second.

Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas/Mike Rockenfeller in the #1 Audi grabbed second, with third being claimed by the Simon Pagenaud/Sebastien Bourdais/Pedro Lamy Peugeot 908.

Pole position in the LMP2 class was claimed by the Signatech ORECA-Nissan of Franck Mailleux, Lucas Ordonez and Soheil Ayari, while in GTE Pro Augusto Farfus/Jorg Muller/Dirk Werner put the #55 BMW M3 GT on pole by almost half a second.

Treluyer takes pole for Audi

Sat 12:26 The cars will complete the lap and form up in grid order, with the start still over half an hour away.

Sat 12:27 All the drivers behaved themselves and ran across the track having been told on strict instructions to take it seriously in the pre-event briefing, apparently.

Sat 12:28 Having completed an installation lap, the field is now trickling down the pitlane so that they can go and do another one! All except for the #22 Kronos Aston Martin Lola which has gone to the grid.

Sat 12:30 Several cars arriving on the grid now. Both Corvettes including our picture diarist @OliverGavin now lined up.

Sat 12:31 Just under half an hour to go now...

Sat 12:32 Weather-wise, it's not looking too bad for the race this year. Today started off dry, but somewhat cloudy with a brisk north-westerly breeze. It will remain dry this afternoon as a narrow ridge of high pressure moves up from the south-west, with temperatures reaching 16 degrees.

With the high in place, largely clear skies are set for the evening and overnight, allowing temperatures to drop considerably - perhaps as low as low as six or even five Celsius. It will feel bitterly cold towards dawn on Sunday morning.

However, a weak 1000 millibar low pressure system is on the move and will hit the French coast in the morning. It will turn progressively cloudy over the circuit and showers are expected shortly before midday - and could provide a spectacular end to the race.

Sat 12:35 Grandstands filling up in front of the pits now. Loads of airhornes blowing for local hero Hughes de Chanac, the team principal of ORECA, as he walks up the grid.

Sat 12:36 #2 Audi, the pole car, has just silently rolled past on its way to the grid. Most of the cars are in position now.

Sat 12:37 Darren Turner settled in to the #007 Aston Martin AMR-One. Things haven't gone well for the team this week and the race will be something of an exercise in measured expectations.

Sat 12:39 Peugeot's starting drivers will be #9 Sebastian Bourdais, #8 Franck Montagny and #7 Alex Wurz. No pressure on them then...

#2 AudiSat 12:41 On the Audi side pole-winner Benoit Treluyer will start the #2 car, with last year's winner Timo Berhard on the other side of the front row in the #1 R18 TDI. Allan McNish will start from fifth in #3 turbodiesel.

Sat 12:46 The #79 Jota Aston Martin is still up on its jacks at the moment. Shiny new Dunlops being fitted to the V8 Vantage.

Sat 12:47 Our very own pitlane reporter is now suiting and booting and putting his light blue tabard now. So hopefully we will be bringing you news from there too...

Sat 12:49 Team members now leaving the grid as we go into the final countdown to the start of the 79th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Sat 12:50 All drivers now in their cars and we are moments away from the pace laps.

Sat 12:52 Marshals walking down the track with the engines on boards. And now a cacophony of varied rev notes as the 2011 event fires into life.

Sat 12:53 #5 hybrid struggling to get away. Hope Racing's Oreca does finally get going though.

Sat 12:53 All cars now safely on their pace lap.

Sat 12:54 A hush of anticipation has descended over the press room.

Sat 12:54 Particularly in the French media's corner.

Sat 12:54 FIA president Jean Todt is standing by with the flag on the starter's gantry.

Sat 12:56 The #2 Audi leads the field around the lap, with the snake heading through Mulsanne corner.

Sat 12:58 AUTOSPORT's Kevin Turner: 'This is what it is all about'. One has to agree.

Sat 12:58 Cars heading into the Porsche Curves with under two minutes to go. What an incredible atmosphere on the start/finish straight.

Sat 12:59 Heading to the Ford Chicane now...

0h00m Jean Todt drops the French flag and we are racing at Le Mans!

0h01m Treluyer leads into the Dunlop Chicane. With McNish up to fourth, after a frenetic start.

0h01m The pack thundering into the first racing lap down the Mulsanne with 24 hours of racing ahead.

0h01m Three abreast through the first three corners.

0h02m The JMB racing Ferrari has been in the pits for a top up on fuel and resumes some distance behind the pack.

0h02m Treluyer has a gap to Bernhard in the lead, but McNish has gone around the outside of Monatagny for third out of the second chicane. Doesn't have the power to pull off the move though and dips in behind the Peugeot.

0h03m The #51 AF Corse Ferrari has an early lead in GTE Pro with Gianmaria Bruni at the wheel.

0h04m Oliver Gavin is giving chase to the #51 in his Corvette, with Farfus in the BMW down to third in class by the end of the first lap.

0h05m At the end of the opening lap Treluyer leads by 1.5s from Audi team-mate Bernhard. Montagny is the leading Peugeot in third ahead of McNish, Bourdais (Peugeot) and Wurz (Peugeot). Nicolas Lapierre is seventh in the Oreca Peugeot.

0h05m Marco Cioci has kept the #61 Ferrari in an early GTE AM lead, with a couple of Pro cars sandwiched between the chasing pack.

0h06m After a rather racey first lap things are slightly calmer this time around as focus falls on McNish's chase of Montagny for the third.

0h07m Franck Mailleux is in the LMP2 lead by the way in the Signatech Nissan.

0h08m Treluyer records a 3m28.617s lap as he extends his lead to over 2s. Just over 7s cover the top six.

0h09m As predicted the factory turbodiesels are disappearing in to the distance.

0h10m #007 Aston Martin has spun at the first chicane, and Darren Turner is in the gravel.

0h10m At the same the #009 car has stopped on the Mulsanne.

0h11m Could it be that Adrian Fernandez's AMR-One has dropped something slippery for Darren to trip over.

0h11m Standing next to David Richards or George Howard-Chappel would be an unwise decision right now.

0h13m Treluyer now 2.3s ahead of the #1 Audi at the front of the field, with Montagny now 4s off the lead as he contains McNish in fourth. Bourdais is further 2s back with Wurz still sixth.

0h13m The #89 Ferrari has been for a minor exploration of the gravel trap, falling down behind Priaulx in the BMW.

0h14m The other BMW is on the move as Farfus tries to challenge Gavin in the Corvette down the Mulsanne.

0h14m Farfus tries again with a bold move at the second chicane but Gavin keeps the door closed as the top three in GTE Pro lock in battle.

0h15m McNish now all over Montagny as the Peugeot is slowed lapping the #83 Ferrari GTE in to the Dunlop Chicane.

0h15m They are side-by-side down the Mulsanne, but once again the Peugeot outpowers the Audi in to the first chicane.

0h16m #007 Aston of Turner is now running again and trundling slowly back to the pits.

0h17m The GTE Pro battle thunders past the pits with around a second between Bruni, Gavin and Farfus.

0h17m The Aston may also have a puncture.

0h18m The #80 Flying Lizard car with Jorg Bergmeister at the wheel has been in the pits for fresh rubber after trailing back with a puncture.

0h18m Across the line to start lap 6 McNish squeezed against the wall by the #8 Pug. All this activity has allowed Bourdais to catch this pair. So it's now a three-car battle for third.

0h20m Information trickling up from our pit pounder is that #009 Aston could have had an oil filter problem. No confirmation though.

0h21m Bruni has pulled a slight gap on his pursuers as Farfus continues his efforts to pass Gavin in the Corvette.

0h21m Treluyer and Bernhard still running 2s apart at the front of the field ahead of this massive scrap for third. Wurz quietly watching it all from sixth position within striking distance.

0h21m #007 is now back in the pits with Turner out of the car.

0h22m Aston working on the car and it looks as if the team is settling in for a long bout of practical engineering.

0h22m McNish finally passes Montagny around the outside in to the first chicane.

0h22m Do you think he's in a hurry?

0h23m So it's now Audis 1-2-3, Peugeots 4-5-6. Not likely to stay that way though we reckon.

0h24m The leaders now in traffic which has cost Treluyer 1.5s to the #1 car.

0h25m Chrisophe Tinseau is eighth overall and at the front of the unofficial petrol class for Pescarolo ahead of Andrea Belicchi and Jeroen Bleekemolen in the two Rebellion Lola-Toyotas.

0h26m We are on to lap 8 now and McNish has closed to within 4s of the two leading Audis.

0h28m Three Peugeots very racey as Bourdais is pushing Montagny, the Champ Car champion getting very close to traffic on the Mulsanne. Peugeot team principal Olivier Quesnel pulls a look that suggests his wardobe man needs to prepare new overalls.

0h28m Farfus is finally past Gavin in the leading GTE Pro battle and is now chasing down early class leader Bruni in the #51 Ferrari.

0h30m Treluyer has re-established his slight lead at the front as the gaps begin to concertina through traffic. Still only 15s from first to sixth though.

0h31m Mailleux's Signatech Oreca has a 10s lead in LMP2 from Alex Premat's Matmut Oreca.

0h32m The #5 Hope Racing Oreca hybrid makes its first stop.

0h32m The #1 and #3 Audis, ie. the second and third cars have just both pitted. So that's nine laps for stint one.

0h33m Neither car takes on new tyres, but just fuel. Interesting strategy. It means Treluyer gets an extra lap.

0h34m A message has appeared in red on the timing screens which reads: '#44 Please check your mail' ! He needs to switch his lights on apparently.

0h34m Mailleux has got a puncture, which means he is lost the LMP2 lead to Premat.

0h35m Mailleux has made it into the pits but he has dropped to eighth in class. The Strakka HPD of Jonny Kane is now leading the class.

0h36m The leading #2 Audi is now pitting, as is the Montagny #8 Peugeot.

0h37m The Kronos Aston Martin is running slowly with Vanina Ickx at the wheel now. Phew. It's busy at the moment!

0h38m Interestingly the #9 and #7 Peugeots have now are on the 11th lap of their stints as they lead the field through the stops.

0h38m The LMP-2-leading Strakka is now in the pits.

0h39m #9 and #7 pit at the same time from first and second.

0h40m Television screens show Peugeot engineers mucking about with a nosecone that has #8 on it. Not sure what that means.

0h41m Aston Martin has confirmed to our pit pounder that the problem for the #007 car was mechanical rather than driver related. Not likely to cheer up Mr Turner however.

0h42m The #73 Corvette is in for its first stop of the race with Oliver Beretta at the wheel. The tank is full and it rumbles off on to the track.

0h43m So now we have cycled through the first stints, the #1 Audi has moved ahead of Treluyer's #2 car during the stops and now leads. McNish is third in the #3 car.

0h44m The Audis appear to be slightly faster at this stage, though they did pit earlier with the Peugeots able to do one more lap on average. The French cars are running 4-5-6 in the order of #8, #7, #9.

0h45m In comes Gavin in the #74 Corvette for a tank of fuel before heading off to resume his battle with Bruni and Farfus.

0h46m Nicolas Lappiere only 8s behind the factory cars in the Oreca Peugeot.

0h47m Alex Premat leads the LMP2 category following the stop shakeout.

0h49m Thomas Kimber-Smith takes fourth place in LMP2 for Greaves Motorsport after a clean pass on Jean Christophe Bouchut at the exit of Tertre Rouge.

0h49m Bruni is up to 24th overall in his GTE Pro leading Ferrari but has yet to stop. The BMWs run second and third in class after Corvette stops.

0h51m The safety car has been deployed.

0h51m Allan McNish has collected the #58 Ferrari. An enormous accident after the Dunlop Bridge.

0h52m The safety car has been deployed.

0h52m McNish clipped the rear of Anthony Beltoise's Ferrari and spun sideways into the gravel. The car rolled after that and destroyed itself against the barrier.

0h53m The Scot has climbed from the car by himself. Looks shaken, but thankfully he is okay.

0h53m The rest of the field is coming under control of the safety cars.

0h53m The #3 Audi is utterly destroyed.

0h54m McNish is very, very lucky to be okay. But there is some concern for the level of debris that flow over the barriers.

0h55m There is a huge queue of cars waiting in the pitlane now, with a red light holding them until a safety car arrives.

0h57m Scary moments then up and down the pitlane and a massive sigh of relief when McNish climbed unscathed from the car.

0h58m The Ferrari involved in that huge crash has been exacted from the gravel and is heading back to the pits with relatively little damage at the rear of the car.

0h58m McNish and Anthony Davidson has made reference to the level of risk LMP1 drivers were needing to take in traffic this year now that regulations have reduced the turbodiesel's power this year.

1h00m So with the safety car out, Audi #1 leads from Audi #2. The three Peugeots are next all five cars behind the same safety car.

1h00m Anthony Davidson runs across the pitlane, helmeted up, to check that McNish is okay. Gets the thumbs up and runs back to his position before switching.

1h01m Anthony Davidson was telling us yesterday about the risks the leading drivers have to take in GTE traffic in the new generation of smaller 3.7-litre diesels:

Davidson: Rules make traffic harder

1h06m Both Davidson and Sarrazin both ready to jump in the #7 and #8 cars respectively. Peugeot could be considering switching drivers on their second stops.

1h06m This could be a lengthy safety car intervention as there is major damage to the barriers after McNish's huge impact.

1h09m The #74 Corvette with Oliver Gavin at the wheel has shaken out in the GTE Pro lead after pitting just before the safety car.

1h10m Race control says that the safety car could be out for 30 minutes.

1h13m The Corvette pair, leading GTE Pro following early stops, are split by the two safety cars, which will put the #74 well ahead when racing resumes.

1h15m Up front, it is Audis #1 and #2 leading from Peugeot #8, #7 and #9 with just lapped traffic between the top diesels.

1h17m The #58 Ferrari that was involved in the McNish crash is under repair in the Luxury Racing garage.

1h23m The atmosphere is somewhat muted on the pit straight here, occasionally interrupted by the pack snaking past the pits behind the safety car.

1h24m There's only a handful of runners behind one of the Audi safety cars, with the majority of the pack trailing the other pace vehicle.

1h28m Marshals are still hard at work repairing the huge dent that the #3 Audi made in the Armco barrier.

1h33m Audis #1 and #2 are right together in the safety car train, with the first of the Peugeots, #8, behind a stack of GTE cars.

1h34m A flatbed truck has arrived to collect the shattered remains of McNish's #3 Audi and return it to the pits.

1h35m Race control expects the safety car to end at 16:40 local time - some six minutes from now.

1h36m Teams will be considering pitstops as this safety car period draws to a close.

1h37m LMP2 leader Alexandre Premat is in for service from the #48 Oreca team.

1h39m Race control's estimate on completion of the repairs looks to be optimistic as work continues on the mangled barriers.

1h40m Indeed, the next message on the screens here says the race could resume at quarter to the hour.

1h45m And now the delay is further extended to a 16:50 restart.

1h48m The #8 Peugeot is in for fuel and the mechanics go to work making some adjustments behind the nose box.

1h50m Montagny has stepped out of the #8 and tells Radio Le Mans that the Peugeot is suffering from a brake balance problem.

1h52m The work completes on the #8 and Minassian is off to join the pack behind one of the small safety car queues.

1h52m Race control are now estimating a restart in three minutes, but the target time has been revised a lot over the last half hour.

1h53m The race has now been under safety car for an hour, but the barriers do look largely repaired at the scene of McNish's massive impact.

1h55m No sign of stops from the leaders so far. Meanwhile, the remains of the #3 Audi are being returned to the ACO garage in the pitlane.

1h57m McNish himself is largely unharmed but is being taken to a local hospital for a possible precautionary scan:

McNish fine but may require scan

1h57m The safety car is said to be in this lap by race control.

1h59m Oliver Gavin is ahead of the lead Audis in his class-leading Corvette as they come around to take the green flag.

2h00m Lights remain on the leading pace car and we continue under caution for the moment.

2h01m The #10 Oreca Peugeot is in for fuel and fresh rubber.

2h02m The safety cars pull off and we are racing again at Le Mans!

2h04m Benoit Treluyer in the #2 grabs the lead from the #1 Audi as the pair charge away from the pack of lapped GTE cars.

2h05m Treluyer whistles past the pits in the lead at the end of lap 25 with a margin of just over a second from the #1 car.

2h06m Wurz is still at the wheel of the top #7 Peugeot in third but is clocked eight seconds off the lead as they get back up to speed.

2h07m The #42 Strakka is in for a driver change, handing the LMP2 lead to the #48 Oreca driven by Alexandre Premat, which stopped under safety car

2h08m The lead Audis both dive into the pits together. The pair have swapped order to match the garage layout.

2h10m Wurz continues in the #7, taking the lead, with Bourdais in the #9 now up to second place before the Peugeot pair make a stop.

2h11m The #58 Luxury Racing has been repaired after being clipped in McNish's accident. But it has now come back in the pits after a single lap.

2h13m Peugeot #9 is in for service, while Wurz continues to lead in #7 ahead of his stop.

2h15m Oliver Gavin has a sizable lead in the GTE Pro class after profiting from the safety car deployment.

2h16m #7 Peugeot into the pits now, Wurz looking calm and collected as a hive of activity takes place around him

2h19m So, a round up. #1 Audi leads from the #2 Audi, with the lead #7 Peugeot six seconds down the road. Bernhard and Treluyer are in the respective Audis, while Wurz is in the lead Peugeot.

2h19m Nick Tandy in the #88 Porsche leads the chasing GTE Pro pack, scrapping with Corvette #73 and Marc Goossens in the #75 Prospeed Porsche.

2h20m Across in LMP2, the #48 Team ORECA Matmut leads by around 40 seconds from the #39 Pecom Racing Lola

2h20m The #61 Ferrari, driven by Marco Cioci, has a sizable 16-second lead in GTE-Am down in 37th overall.

2h22m From 23rd position, the #22 Kronos Racing Lola-Aston Martin comes into the pits for a third time. Maxime Martin is currently in the car.

2h24m Things finally settling into a racing rhythm here after that hour-long safety car intervention.

2h25m Bernhard in the #1 Audi completes his 30th tour of the circuit, and the gap has closed considerably. Treluyer in the #2 Audi all over the back of him - and Treluyer moves into the lead on the Mulsanne Straight!

2h25m However, the timing screens in the press room have decided this is a good time to become stuck on lap 29.

2h27m #5 Hope Racing ORECA takes a temporary break from the race at Mulsanne corner - but he's able to rejoin with a minimum of fuss

2h28m Treluyer's lead in the #2 Audi is already three seconds - he's flying, but Bernhard in the #1 Audi was also slightly delayed by traffic on that lap. Wurz in the #7 Peugeot now closing in on second...

2h31m Slight problems for the #1 Audi? Having surrendered the lead one lap previously, its very close to losing second as Wurz in the #7 Peugeot is just two tenths behind now

2h32m Oliver Gavin pits the #74 Corvette for the second time.

2h32m Wurz moves into second. Simple as you like that - as the pair cut their way through traffic, Wurz tucks his #7 Peugeot behind the #1 Audi and the slipstream pulls him through down the Mulsanne straight

2h34m Treluyer in the #2 Audi and Wurz in the #7 Peugeot lapping in the 3m30s bracket. Only the #8 Peugeot (sixth) and the #12 Rebellion Lola (seventh) are within one second of that pace

2h34m Jan Magnussen has taken over at the wheel of the #74 Corvette and heads off back into the lead of GTE Pro.

2h36m Premat comes in from the lead in LMP2, and slots neatly back into second. #39 Pecom Lola now in the lead

2h37m #1 Audi, which has been going backwards, comes into the pits from third

2h38m Problems for the #5 Hope Racing ORECA, which slows to a halt on the start of the Mulsanne straight. A long way back...

2h42m Felbermayr Jr has taken over the lead in GTE Am with the #63 Proton Competition Porsche ahead of its second stop.

2h43m From fourth, Lapierre in the #10 Team ORECA Matmut comes into the pitlane

2h43m The #63 GTE Am leader is in for fuel and a change of driver.

2h44m Cat and mouse at the front, as Wurz takes 0.9s in the first sector, but loses almost the same time in sector two

2h46m Pagenaud readying himself to take over the #9 Peugeot, which is currently third - 20s off the lead

2h48m #26 Signatech Nissan into the pits from 10th in class. Lucas Ordonez at the wheel.

2h48m The earlier damaged #58 Luxury Racing Ferrari is reported slow on the circuit and looks to have a problem with the right rear tyre.

2h48m Lead #2 Audi dives into the pits. Fassler waiting to take over

2h50m So, Peugeot 1-2 now in LMP1, as Wurz in the #7 leads Bourdais in the #9

2h50m Treluyer remains in the #2 Audi, which slots back into third.

2h51m #48 ORECA-Nissan retakes the LMP2 lead, as the #39 pits and swaps drivers, slotting back into third

2h53m #49 OAK Racing slow, and Nakano will have to limp back to the pits. Car was running in fifth.

2h54m Danny Watts on his outlap in the #42 Strakka HPD, which is second in LMP2

2h55m The BMWs of Farfus and Muller are right together on the circuit after slipping past Fisichella in the Ferrari. #74 still has a handy lead.

2h55m Over in the #26 Signatech Nissan, Ordonez completes his first competitive lap in the Le Mans 24 Hours

2h55m Great story with Ordonez, who has been backed by Nissan after winning the inaugural GT Academy

2h56m An update on Alan McNish, who is being sent for precautionary scans to make sure he is okay

2h57m Pagenaud clambers, or rather trips, into the #9 Peugeot, which takes on new tyres and fuel.

2h57m Another 12-lap stint by Peugeot there, while Audi seem to be managing 11-lap stints...

2h58m The lead petrol LMP1, the #12 Rebellion Lola, pits. Bleekemolen behind the wheel.

3h00m The lead #7 Peugeot into the pits, and Wurz will swap with Davidson. Treluyer in the #2 Audi back into the lead

3h03m Steering issues for the #15 OAK Racing, with the team's repair job dropping the car way down the order

3h04m News from the pitlane: Peugeot insist the Safety Car won't affect team strategy, given how early in the race it came

3h05m Premat in the #48 ORECA has a commanding lead in LMP2, stretching the gap to almost one minute now

3h06m The #77 Porsche is slow on the Mulsanne with what looks like a left rear puncture. Marc Lieb is touring back to the pits.

3h06m Great result for Audi after the third round of the pit stops, with the #2 R18 emerging with a +35s lead

3h08m The shredded tyre drops off the #77 Porsche, rolling into the path of oncoming cars. Its a long way back for Lieb as he tours in on the rim.

3h09m The #007 Aston Martin re-appears in the pitlane, more than 150 minutes after diving in with problems

3h10m Julien Jousse takes over the #16 Pescarolo, which currently lies in 8th

3h12m The #77 finally crabs sideways into the pitlane and gets fresh tyres and a change of driver. The team are also patching up bodywork damage.

3h12m Treluyer stretching his legs out front, as the gap increases to 44s over Davidson in the #7 Peugeot

3h14m #007 Aston Martin back into the pits - terrible luck for the team so far, after a previous water pump issue caused serious delays

3h14m The BMW pair are nose to tail in second and third for GTE Pro. Farfus still has the advantage over Dirk Muller.

3h15m Into the pits for the LMP2 leaders, the #48 ORECA-Nissan. They should keep the lead, such was their gap to second

3h17m The #77 Porsche is repaired and back underway after that puncture, but it is towards the back of the Pro field and 45th overall.

3h17m Treluyer in the lead #2 Audi R18 still setting a relentless pace, and the lead is almost 50s.

3h18m Farfus in the BMW is clocked 1m4s behind the #74 Corvette, with Muller less than a second behind him.

3h19m Davidson in the #7 Peugeot loses another 0.7s in the second sector. His pace has improved, but he still loses 3s to Treluyer in the lead

3h20m Still a fine and dry evening at Le Mans with scattered clouds in the sky. Forecasts predict a dry night, with a chance of showers tomorrow.

3h21m In LMP2 meanwhile, Premat in the #48 completes his outlap and his lead is almost 60s, even after an extra pit stop

3h22m Lucas Ordonez makes his first ever Le Mans stop in the #26 Signatech Nissan, currently seventh in class

3h22m #71 AF Corse Ferrari crew tell us that Robert Kauffman reported understeer earlier on. Michael Waltrip has now taken over the controls.

3h23m Double pit stop for Peugeot, as the #10 and #8 908s stop from fourth and fifth respectively

3h24m The troubled #58 Luxury Racing Ferrari is now in trouble with Race Control, with the team's manager summoned to see officials.

3h25m Sarrazin in the #8 Peugeot jumps Duval in the sister #10 908 during that stop, and the pair are now 5th and 6th

3h27m Pagenaud in the #9 Peugeot just three seconds behind Davidson in the #7, although both have picked up their pace on the last lap

3h29m Leaders into the pits, as Treluyer swaps driving duties with Fassler in the #2 R18.

3h30m Smooth stop for the #2 Audi, as it rejoins in third. Davidson now leads by 2.9s in the #7 Peugeot

3h31m Close for Davidson in the #7 Peugeot, as he battles his way through traffic.

3h32m From third, the #41 LMP2 Ztyek-Nissan comes into the pits

3h33m Pagenaud rapidly closing in on the lead - just 1s behind Davidson in the #7 Peugeot now

3h35m Jan Magnussen thunders out of the pits in the #74 Corvette, resuming just ahead of the chasing pair of BMWs.

3h35m As Pagenaud in the #9 Peugeot closes on the overall lead, the front six are all on the lead lap

3h37m Watts in the #42 Strakka HPD comes into the pits, as do the #41, #39 and #36 cars from 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively

3h39m Problems for the #20 Quifel Zytek, a big plume of smoke issuing from the rear of the car coming into the Esses

3h40m Pagenaud comes into the pits from second. Fuel but no tyres for the #9 908

3h42m Both BMWs into the pitlane in GTE Pro, which promotes Fisichella in the #51 Ferrari into second in class

3h42m Lengthy stop for the #20 Quifel Zytek, which rejoins in 15th. Amaral behind the wheel

3h44m Raceleader into the pits. Davidson brings the #7 Peugeot in, as the #2 Audi goes by to retake the lead.

3h44m Routine stop for Davidson, who takes on fuel but no new tyres in the #7 908.

3h45m #66 JMW Ferrari runs wide and through the dirt on Mulsanne, but is able to continue

3h48m Fassler in the lead #2 Audi dips under the 3m30s bracket. Lead now stands at 24s

3h49m Battle for 5th in LMP2, and Barbosa in the #33 Lola takes the position from the #36 RML HPD as the pair battle through traffic

3h51m Puncture for Muller in the #55 BMW, which had just exited the pits. He's on the Mulsanne straight, a long way away from the pits...

3h52m Neel Jani has taken over in the #12 Rebellion Lola, following a mammoth four-hour stint by Bleekemolen

3h53m Jousse and Boullion into the pits in the #16 and #13 cars, from eighth and ninth respectively

3h54m Cat and mouse again between Audi and Peugeot. Davidson in the #7 had been closing, but Fassler dips into the 3m29s

3h55m Tank-slapper for Pagenaud in the #9 Peugeot as he runs straight on at Arnage. He will recover but loses time

3h55m Problems for the #5 Hope Racing ORECA, which has had a torrid race thus far

3h56m Into the pits for the #1 Audi, which had moved into third following that mistake by the #9 Peugeot

3h56m The #55 BMW makes it back to the pits after touring in with that puncture. A costly problem has dropped them down the order and the car is garaged.

3h57m LMP2 leading #48 ORECA-Nissan dives into the pits, with Premat handing over controls

3h58m #83 JMB Racing Ferrari stopped at the entrance to the Porsche curves

3h59m Dominik Kraihamer takes over in the leading LMP2 #48 ORECA

4h00m Duval in the #10 ORECA Peugeot into the pits from sixth

4h01m Routine stop for the #10 Peugeot, which only takes on fuel

4h03m Premat sounding confident after a marathon four-hour stint in the leading #48 LMP2 ORECA

4h03m Bas Leinders in the #22 Kronos Lola-Aston Martin comes into the pits

4h05m Hand in the #56 BMW closing in on GTE Pro leaders, the #74 Corvette. Gap around 24s now

4h05m Barbosa pits in the #33 Level 5 HPD, running in sixth

4h06m Another puncture, this time for the #68 Ford GT

4h07m Sarrazin into the pits from fourth in the #8 Peugeot 908

4h08m Trouble for the #62 CRS Ferrari, which is beached in the gravel at Indianapolis.

4h09m Fassler pits in the leading #2 Audi R18. Fuel only for Fassler, who rejoins in second

4h10m Davidson is our race leader again in the #7 Peugeot. Pagenaud in the sister #9 908 remains third

4h10m #62 CRS Ferrari pits after its earlier sojourn through the gravel

4h12m The #68 Ford GT is back underway following lengthy delays caused by that rear puncture. #62 CRS Ferrari also back out

4h13m Ordonez pits in the #26 Signatech Nissan, and he will also hand over control of the car

4h14m From 4th, Perez-Companc pits in the #39 Pecom Lola-Judd, and we'll have another driver change

4h16m Russo takes over the #39 Pecom Lola-Judd, as Lombard pits from third in the #41 Zytek-Nissan

4h17m Spin for the #70 Larbre Porsche, but it never leaves the circuit and rejoins without fuss

4h18m From sixth, Milner in the #73 Corvette comes into the pits

4h19m Fassler in the #2 Audi takes almost 3s out of Davidson's lead, but is slow through S2 this time around and loses much of that advantage

4h21m In GTE Pro, Hand in the #56 BMW still closing in on Magnussen in the lead #74 Corvette

4h21m Newton pits from fifth in the #36 LMP2 RML HPD

4h22m Watts now into the pits from second in his #42 Strakka HPD, currently second in LMP2. Leventis to take over.

4h24m Great battle in GTE Pro, as Makowiecki in the #59 Ferrari passes the #75 ProSpeed Porsche for fourth

4h25m Pagenaud dives into the pits from third in the #9 Peugeot - routine stop and its fuel only for the 908

4h25m The lead GTE Pro car, the #74 Corvette, comes into the pits as Westbrook takes control

4h27m Peugeot #7 pits from a temporary lead and is quickly away with a full tank of diesel.

4h29m #50 Larbre Corvette pits with Patrick Bornhauser at the wheel dropping from third to fourth in the GTE Am class.

4h30m So Fassler retakes the lead for Audi in the #2 car.

4h31m Davidson's stop has allowed him to drop into the clutches of Romain Dumas in the #1 Audi as the pair battle for second position.

4h34m The pair are circulating super-close and it looks as if the position may change shortly.

4h35m Then again, they may not... The #1 Audi pits for its latest stop.

4h36m #35 Oak Racing Pescarolo pits with Andrea Barlesi at the wheel, that car is seventh in the LMP2 class right now.

4h37m The LMP2 leader Dominik Kraihamer is also in the pits as the ORECA team get to work.

4h38m His closest pursuer is now Nick Leventis who has taken over from Danny Watts in the Strakka HPD.

4h38m Dumas has dropped back to fifth overall now after that stop.

4h40m Fassler leads then in the Audi #2 from Davidson, who is 30s behind in the #7 Peugeot. Third is Simon Pagenaud in the #9 Peugeot, just holding off the position from Stephane Sarrazin in the #8 car. Dumas is just behind this battle. The top five covered by 1m30s.

4h41m The GTE Am leader, the #60 Aston Martin Vantage pits. As does the ORECA Peugeot - which is currently sixth overall. No tyres, no driver change, just fuel for that car.

4h42m There is a fantastic battle going on for petrol honours as Rebellion's Neel Jani fends off the attentions of Julien Jousse's Pescarolo.

4h43m Those two are running seventh and eigth. But now Jousse is the one in front having passed the Swiss driver.

4h44m Fassler has extended his lead to 39s over Davidson now as the Audi driver presses on.

4h45m The #60 Aston, having recently pitted, is now running slowly around the track. That means the Proton Porsche with Christian Ried at the wheel is in the lead of that class.

4h46m The GTE Pro leader Toni Vilander has pitted the AF Corse Ferrari, handing the lead back to Richard Westbrook's #74 Corvette.

4h47m The #1 Audi has had a spin at the entrance of Tertre Rouge.

4h48m Romain Dumas has got going again, but replays show he lost it going down the inside of a GTE Porsche.

4h48m No loss of position but certainly at least 30s.

4h49m The leading #2 Audi pits for a scheduled stop.

4h50m Fassler just takes on diesel, loses the lead to Davidson's Peugeot. The sync between Audi and Peugeot's stop strategies is getting wider.

4h50m The #8 Peugeot is also in and Stephane Sarrazin hands over to Nicolas Minassian.

4h51m That car is getting the full works. Tyres and fuel going in. It was running fourth but could drop behind Dumas, who pitted only a couple laps back.

4h53m The #59 Luxury Ferrari, which was running fourth in the GTE Pro class, has a slow stop as it changes driver from Jamie Melo to Frederic Makowiecki.

4h54m So Davidson now has a 17s advantage in the lead #9 Peugeot over Audi's Marcel Fassler.

4h56m That gap is reducing though as Fassler continues to press on.

4h57m Joey Hand has moved back into second in the GTE Pro class following AF Corse's pit stop.

4h59m The two Audis, in second and fourth, are lapping in 3m30s. The Peugeots are running two-three seconds slower at the moment. On the other hand they are lasting a lap longer than the German machines over the stint.

5h01m Shots of Dindo Capello and Audi PR man Martyn Pass chatting in the Audi garage. The good news is that Allan McNish appears to be injury free after his monumental shunt. Which so far, has been the biggest story of the race.

5h01m Fassler is now 14s back from Davidson.

5h03m Things have settled down a bit now. Difficult to know whether the Audi fast pace or the Peugeot fuel saving pace is the right way to go.

5h04m We've heard that McNish is back at the circuit by the way. Good news, though apparently he's been happier.

5h06m Wolf Henzler spins the #77 Porsche on the way in to the pits. Looked as if the right rear wheel was loose.

5h06m #60 has also spun at the end of the Ford Chicane as well.

5h07m Michael Wainwright is driving that car, which is the AMR Gulf Aston. It's still running third in the GTE Am class. We like that team - they helped us out with a set of jump leads earlier in the week!

5h08m Simon Pagenaud brings in #9 Pug to hand over to Pedro Lamy. That car was running third.

5h09m It gets a full service as it now heads off in pursuit of Romain Dumas, who has moved the #1 Audi back up to third.

5h09m Toni Vilander has gone straight on at Mulsanne Corner.

5h10m He was third in class in the GTE Pro class in the fastest AF Corse Ferrari.

5h12m Vilander has now been pulled out of the gravel.

5h13m Meanwhile the #73 Corvette that had assumed Vilander's position in the class has now pitted with Antonio Garcia at the wheel.

5h14m While all that was going on Davidson sneaked in for a fuel stop. He is now 43s behind Fassler's Audi.

5h15m So Fassler has now completed 77 laps and leads from Davidson's Peugeot.

5h16m Romain Dumas brings in #1 Audi and hands over to Mike Rockenfeller who is having a purple patch of form currently and recently scored his first DTM win. He needs a strong stint to recover the ground the car lost to the nose change earlier.

5h17m The ORECA Peugeot, which has now dropped a lap down to the factory cars, pits in from sixth.

5h21m BMW have told our pit pounder that they don't plan to triple stint their tyres anymore but will err on the side of caution.

5h21m A story on that from Andy Priaulx has gone into the mix, so look out for that.

5h22m Romain Dumas has just branded some of the drivers in the GTE Am 'terrible and very dangerous'. The Frenchman spun trying to pass traffic.

5h24m Fassler is currently 44s ahead of Anthony Davidson. Pedro Lamy is third in the #9. Nicolas Minassian is running fourth in the 'French' Peugeot.

5h27m Neel Jani is back in the lead of the petrol class currently and running seventh overall in the Rebellion Lola.

5h29m The leader of the race is back in the pits. Fassler gets a screen clean and some more fuel as Davidson takes the lead again.

5h31m Davidson is now leading by 18s from Fassler. Those two are a minute up the road from #9 Lamy and #8 Minassian Pugs - which are circulating within a couple of seconds of each other.

5h32m Mike Rockenfeller is fifth while Loic Duval is sixth in the ORECA Pug.

5h35m Dominik Kraihamer is still leading the LMP2 class for ORECA by the way. He's got a lap's advantage over Karim Ojjeh in the Greaves Zytek.

5h36m Richard Westbrook still leads GTE Pro in the #74 Corvette. But though he is a minute back Andy Priaulx is keeping him honest in the BMW.

5h40m Lucas Luhr and Antonio Garcia are having a cracking batte for fifth in the GTE class.

5h41m Garcia, known as El Matador by his team-mates, is chasing back through the field in the second Chevrolet having been caught behind the safety car after McNish's shunt.

5h42m He's now past the orange Flying Lizard Porsche. Which is a shame because I was enjoying that!

5h43m Major disaster here in the press room. We've run out of Snickers bars. There is a suggestion a senior magazine writer may have eaten them all...

5h45m The #66 JMW Ferrari comes in to the pits. That's eighth in the GTE class right now with Tim Sugden at the wheel.

5h46m Davidson just lost three seconds to Fassler on that last lap as the gap dropped to 19s. Still to early to know whether Audi's superior race speed can beat Peugeot's economy drive.

5h47m Luhr has just brought that Flying Lizard Porsche in to the pits.

5h48m Just seen a gentleman from Peugeot looking at the sky. He can only have been admiring the view because it's a lovely night.

5h50m Neel Jani pits from seventh and the lead of the petrol cars.

5h51m Looks as if Davidson is about to get some new boots. But Fassler just did a lap seven laps slower than the Briton, so the Peugeot looks fairly comfortable.

5h53m Nope. I was wrong. Those tyres were for Pedro Lamy's #9 Pug.

5h54m Ah. Here he is. Davidson is getting out of the car and has handed over to Marc Gene.

5h55m Marcel Fassler regains the lead then.

5h56m Mike Rockenfeller brings the third-placed Audi in for the first fuel stop of his stint.

5h58m The ORECA Peugeot comes in again.

5h58m So the #2 Audi leads during the latest phase of stops as the battle continues.

5h59m New tyres for that car though Loic Duval stays in the cockpit.

5h59m Rockenfeller remains in the #1 car and rejoins in fifth.

6h01m The #2 Audi now leads by one minute ahead of Peugeot #7.

6h02m In LMP2, the #48 Oreca Matmut entry holds a two-lap lead over the Greaves Motorsport entry with five hours of the race complete.

6h03m In fact, the #48 pits and Dominik Kraihmer climbs out of the car.

6h04m The #40 Race Performance Oreca has stopped briefly at Arnage. Marc Rostan gets a push and rejoins.

6h06m Up front, Marcel Fassler has extended the lead over the #7 peugeot to 62 seconds. The #9 and #8 Peugeots are third and fourth, with Audi #1 fifth.

6h09m The top two are consistently pulling away from the others as the light begins to fade slowly, as Fassler and Gene run laps in the low 3m30s range, while the three cars chasing are drifting into 3m35s and higher.

6h09m The leader is in and Marcel Fassler climbs out of the #2 Audi.

6h11m It's regular service for the #2 and the #7 Peugeot takes over the lead.

6h14m Andre Lotterer has taken over behind the wheel of the #2 as the battle for the lead continues between it and the #7 Peugeot.

6h14m The #89 Hankook Team Farnbacher Ferraris is touring slowly on the circuit after sustaining rear end damage.

6h16m #42 Strakka Racing entry has been given a stop/go penalty by the ACO. That is the fourth placed car in LMP2.

6h17m The #89 Team Farnbacher Ferrari has made it back to the pits. As well as rear bodywork damage it had a right rear puncture.

6h18m Marc Gene leads the race by 25 seconds ahead of the #2 Audi, as the #8 Peugeot pits.

6h19m Nicolas Minassian stays in the car as the #42 Strakka Racing machine completes that stop/go penalty and is released.

6h20m Lotterer is lapping very quickly at the moment. His last lap was a 3m29.853s, which was 6s faster than the leader Gene.

6h22m The GTE class-leading BMW has just trundled past our window on its way down to the box for another routine stop. Priaulx will now lose the lead to Oliver Gavin's Corvette.

6h23m The sun is beginning to set behind the grandstand now. The dust illuminating as it raises up from the campsites in the fields beyond.

6h26m The gap between Gene and Lotterer remains fairly stable at 21s as the pair head into lap 97.

6h26m In GTE Am, the #50 Larbre competition leading entry has moved up to 33rd position overall, passing the #89 GTE Pro Farnbacher Ferrari. That car is still garaged and under repair.

6h29m Lotterer lowers the gap to the leading Peugeot once again. There is 20 seconds between them, with the Audi #2 now turning laps under 3m30s.

6h31m Around one minute behind them, the #9 Peugeot is holding on to third place, but Mike Rockenfeller is closing down the gap in the #1 Audi.

6h32m Nicolas Minassian is a further minute behind the battle for third in the #8 Peugeot.

6h34m Neel Jani has brought the #12 Rebellion into the pits for service, handing over seventh position to Emmanuele Collard in the #16 Pescarolo.

6h35m The #88 Felbermayr Porsche is in the gravel and being rescued by the marshals.

6h35m But near the front the battle is well and truly on for third position between the #9 Peugeot and the #1 Audi.

6h36m They pit together and this will be a pitstop race between the two crews.

6h37m Both Lamy and Rockenfeller stay in their respective cars, but it's a quicker stop by the #1 Audi crew and track position is gained.

6h38m So Rockenfeller takes over third position in the Audi #1 with Pedro Lamy just a few seconds behind him in the #9 Peugeot.

6h38m Hot on the heels of that pitstop race, the leading #7 Peugeot pits.

6h39m Regular service for the #7 but Lotterer takes over the lead for Audi in the #2.

6h41m The light is fading quickly with clearing skies overhead. There is great potential for a night-long fight with two battles to watch for the lead and for third place.

6h43m A battle is also developing nicely for the lead in GTE Am between the two Larbre Competition entries. The #70 Porsche is second but running consistently quicker than the #50 Chevrolet Corvette.

6h46m Trouble for the #63 Felbermayr Porsche as it is pulled out of the gravel by one of the rescue vehicles.

6h49m Another battle is on for seventh. Emmanuele Collard in the #16 Pescarolo has caught and is about to pass the #17 Rebellion Racing machine, driven currently by Jean-Christophe Bouillion.

6h50m The leader is in and Andre Lotterer remains in the car. He's down and away and rejoins still in the lead of the race.

6h51m Audi will be delighted to have maintained the lead with the #2 car. Marc Gene in the #7 Peugeot is just a few seconds back.

6h53m Jean-Christophe Bouillion pits the #13 Rebellion, leaving the #16 Pescarolo in clear air in seventh.

6h56m The #70 Larbre Competition Porsche has passed the #50 Chevrolet and taken the lead in GTE Am. The #70 has been running consistently quicker than the #50 for some laps now.

6h57m Marc Gene is 6.6s behind Andre Lotterer as the two leading cars race into the dusk.

6h58m Daylight fading quickly now in the pits, with the bright lights in the overhead gantries now providing the majority of the illumination.

6h58m Mike Rockenfeller is exactly one minute behind the two leaders as the #1 Audi holds onto third place.

7h00m Andre Lotterer sets 3m31s on the last lap and extends the Audi #2 lead over the #7 Peugeot to 12 seconds.

7h02m The #83 JMB Racing Ferrari is off in the gravel just before the Dunlop bridge.

7h02m A rescue vehicle is on the scene and pulling the #83 out, as the #8 Peugeot pits.

7h04m Nicolas Minassian hands over to Franck Montagny and this is routine service. Montagny is down, away and off into the late evening light.

7h04m Meantime, the leading #2 Audi is continuing to pull away from Marc Gene. The #7 Peugeot is now 21 seconds back.

7h06m Mike Rockenfeller in the #1 Audi is closing down on Gene quickly. The battle may well develop into the #7 Peugeot defending second, rather than attacking the leader.

7h09m The #56 BMW M3 is back underway after a long stop in the pits. It has fallen to eighth place in GTE Pro.

7h10m Marc Gene is continuing to fall away from the leading #2 Audi, with the gap now over half-a-minute. Mike Rockenfeller in the #1 Audi is pulling four seconds and more per lap on the second placed car.

7h11m Oliver Gavin brings the #74 GTE Pro leading Corvette into the pits for service.

7h13m Into the pits come both the #7 and the #9 Peugeots.

7h14m This releases the #2 Audi into a sizable lead and Mike Rockenfeller will take second in the #1 Audi.

7h15m The #10 Team Oreca Matmut Peugeot is also in and out of the pits from sixth place.

7h15m Lamy stepped out of the #9 Peugeot, handing over to Sebastien Bourdais.

7h16m Now the #1 Audi is in for routine service. Mike Rockenfeller stays at the controls and he's away again.

7h18m The #73 Corvette - running second in GTE Pro - pits as darkness descends over La Sarthe.

7h22m The #64 Lotus has endured a spin at the Porsche Curves. That car is some way down the GTE Pro classification.

7h23m The #79 JOTA Aston Martin has retired.

7h25m Up front, the #2 Audi comes into the pits with a 52 second lead.

7h26m Lotterer gets routine service and rejoins still holding a small lead over the #7 Peugeot.

7h29m Full darkness descending over the circuit and the temperature will begin to cool considerably.

7h31m Weatherwise, a clear night is expected with temperatures cooling to around six or seven degrees. Rain was forecast for the last few hours of the race. We will take another look to see if that still holds true in the next few minutes.

7h34m Over the last few laps Mike Rockenfeller has whittled down the gap to the #7 Peugeot. It was over one minute an hour ago, then down to 30 seconds during the last round of stops.

7h35m But now the #1 Audi is right on the tail of Marc Gene and the battle for second is on.

7h38m Rockenfeller has taken the #1 Audi past Marc Gene's Peugeot #7 and Audi runs first and second.

7h39m Gene went straight on at Arnage and lost 30 seconds.

7h40m The safety car has been deployed.

7h42m A huge crash and there is debris strewn all over the edge of the circuit.

7h43m But as yet it impossible to identify which car has crashed from the circuit security cameras.

7h44m Safety and medical teams are arriving on the scene. It is car #1 that has crashed.

7h44m Mike Rockenfeller was in the #1 Audi at the time and was flying, turning consistent laps in the 3m30s bracket.

7h46m Replays show that Rockenfeller was slicing past one of the Ferraris at full speed and contact was made between them.

7h46m The pack is forming up behind the multiple safety cars once again.

7h47m The #1 hit the side of the slower Ferrari and speared sharp right into the Armco, triggering a massive crash.

7h48m Race control identifies the scene as marshals' post 88, which is a kink in the road between Mulsanne and Indianapolis.

7h50m The medical team is at the crash site as the host broadcaster continues to show replays of the incident. An ambulance is on the scene.

7h53m Dr Wolfgang Ullrich has told reporters that Mike Rockenfeller got out of the car under his own steam.

7h54m The second heavy Audi crash of the race has again caused extensive damage to the barriers.

7h57m There is a collective shrap intake of breath as the huge accident is replayed on the press room screens.

7h58m Audi team members are glued to the monitor ... as we see a different replay of the incident. The #1 car hit the Armco at full speed and disintegrated on impact.

8h01m Medical vehicles are heading back to take up their stand-by positions as Rockenfeller is transported to the medical centre by ambulance.

8h01m Race control estimates a 50 minute repair to the barriers.

8h05m The widespread belief is that the #71 AF Corse Ferrari was the other car involved in that accident, but that's yet to be confirmed.

8h07m While the extensive barrier repair is carried out, we will take a good look at the standings.

8h10m In LMP1, the Audi #2 - the only one left - is clocked at 4m46s ahead of the #7 Peugeot and 5m09s ahead of the third placed #9 Peugeot. But bear in mind this is under safety car conditions.

8h11m The #55 BMW is in the pits and has been wheeled into the garage for some attention from the team.

8h12m The #8 Peugeot is currently being driven by Franck Montagny in fourth, with the Oreca Matmut #10 Peugeot fifth and the Pescarolo Judd in sixth, but some four laps down.

8h15m In LMP2 the #48 Team Oreca Matmut holds a one lap lead over the Greaves Sport Zytek #41 and Jonny Kane at the wheel of the #42 Strakka Racing entry in third.

8h17m GTE Pro has been closely fought and Oliver Gavin currently holds a one lap lead in the #74 Corvette, ahead of the #59 Luxury Racing Ferrari 458 Italia.

The #75 Prospeed Competition entry is third, with Giancarlo Fisichella fourth in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari.

8h20m Larbre Competition is dominating GTE Am with the #70 Porsche leading from the #50 Chevrolet. Krohn Racing's #57 Ferrari lies third with the Flying Lizards Motorsports Porsche in fourth.

8h21m They are all on the same lap and scored as 17 laps behind the leader, so we can expect that fight in GTE Am to continue well into the early hours.

8h22m The #42 Strakka Racing entry has recently been into the pits. Jonny Kane climbed out of the car, handing over to Nick Leventis.

8h22m Race control now says the restart is expected to be midnight, around 40 minutes away, as extensive work continues to repair the barriers.

8h25m Some teams have reacted to that news by bringing their cars into the pits for routine service. The #68 Robertson Racing Ford GT is the latest in for service.

8h30m Numerical weather models published this afternoon predicted rain to arrive from the west at around 09:00 local time.

However, those maps are due to update shortly. When they do, we will give you the latest potential for rain in the latter stages of the race.

8h35m Much discussion in the press centre about which car made contact with the #1 Audi.

8h35m It's still not confirmed which car it was. All we know for sure is that it was red and yellow.

8h37m The #41 Greaves Motorsport Zytek has recently been in for a stop. That car is second in LMP2 and 11th overall.

8h38m Another hot topic being thrown about is the allowance of amateur drivers to race in the GTE Am category. Several drivers have commented on having had scary moments this week.

8h39m FIA President Jean Todt has just visited the Audi pit and has exchanged best wishes with Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, as repairs continue to the Armco barrier.

8h40m The safety car operation is now expected to conclude at 00.15

8h42m The #60 Aston Martin is the latest to visit the pitlane. Fabien Giroix is behind the wheel and that car is ninth in GTE Am.

8h43m Next to come in is the #16 Pescarolo. Christophe Tinseau remains at the control and he heads back out to join the snake.

8h49m We have completed 125 laps and several safety cars remain in control of the field as repair work is carried out following a massive accident involving Mike Rockenfeller in the #3 car.

8h52m The #80 is another pit visitor. Regular service for the Flying Lizard Porsche and Jorg Bergmeister is down and trundles to the end of the pitlane.

8h55m Nicolas Lapierre brings the #10 Oreca Matmut Peugeot in for service. The team can obviously take a little more time over the stop to ensure everything is present and correct, while the safety car remains in control of the race.

9h03m Everyone at the track was shocked initially when Mike Rockenfeller crashed.

Alex Wurz has told AUTOSPORT "I haven't seen the crash and the only thing I've heard is that he is not seriously hurt. You don't really think about strategy after an accident like that - okay if he has no serious injuries it changes the race. Above all though is the human element of the sport, there is no question about that."

9h06m The #9 recently pitted and now the #12 Rebellion Lola is in for tyres and fuel.

9h08m The Rebellion crew is also taking the opportunity to carry out some front suspension maintenance. Nicolas Prost rejoins after a stop of around two minutes.

9h08m #22 Kronos/Marc VDS Lola-Aston Martin also into the pits. Maxime Martin currently at the wheel

9h09m Audi France have just tweeted that Mike Rockenfeller is in hospital and talking. Very welcome news.

9h10m Alex Wurz replaces Marc Gene in the #7 Peugeot, which was second before the stop

9h11m Safety Car period extended by 15 minutes; now expected to finish at 00.30

9h16m The latest numerical weather model has been released and the prediction for rain is now 13:00. Still the threat remains, but only for the final two hours of the race.

9h17m Allan McNish has been talking about his accident early in the race.

"I was instantly quick, and we were much quicker than the Peugeots in the corners," said the Scot. "After our pit stop, Timo Bernard was immediately in the lead and he ran wide onto the Astro Turf so I got passed him. Then I went down the inside of the Ferrari, and the first thing I knew I was spinning towards the wall on the left hand side.

"I realised I had tagged the Ferrari. It was a very big accident, everybody realises that, but I climbed out the car myself.

"I have to say a big thank you to the designers of the Audi because they have produced a car that can survive an accident where the impact is enormous. It's a big disappointment because the car we had was very good; I think it was the car to have to be honest."

9h19m The #62 CRS Racing Ferrari is now listed as a retirement.

9h19m Disappointment was evident in McNish's voice during that interview, but thankfully he is okay after that massive crash

9h20m Repair work still being carried out on the barriers where Rockenfeller crashed - 10 minutes until the Safety Car is expected in

9h21m The #7 Peugeot was delayed during its stop, and news now that it is a door catch issue

9h21m #2 Audi into the pits for a full service. Andre Lotterer switches over with yesterday's polesitter Benoit Treluyer

9h22m Safety Car giving team's a bit more time during pit stops, and the #2 Audi crew give the car an extra clean at the front

9h23m #56 BMW M3 GT into the pits and the crew are giving it a long look over. Muller currently at the wheel of the car, which lies ninth in class

9h25m Looks like there will be one Safety Car between the lead #2 Audi and the second-placed #8 Peugeot

9h26m The #73 Corvette peels into the pits and Olivier Beretta climbs out, handing over Tommy Milner.

9h27m Fuel and tyres for the #73 and Milner heads down the pitlane. That car is fourth in GTE Pro.

9h28m Milner is held at the end of the pitlane and will be released when the next safety car train passes by.

9h28m A further extension to the Safety Car period, which is now expected to run until 00.45.

9h29m The #33 AF Corse SRL Ferrari was also in at the same time as the Corvette and will join the same queue of cars.

9h32m At the crash site, the Armco barrier is still being repaired. A new section is being set into place now and the there hopefully won't be too much further delay before the racing resumes.

9h35m Haezebrouck pits in the #44 Norma-Judd, the penultimate runner in the LMP2 field

9h40m Teams are beginning to get ready for stops, as we see the #58 Luxury Racing Ferrari doing just that.

9h41m With the safety car period due to end in just under five minutes from now, some crews may consider stopping this time round.

9h44m Caution extended again, this time by five minutes to 00:50. A mammoth repair job needed, hence the delay

9h46m With multiple Safety Cars out on track, the restart procedure will most likely see each car pull off at the same place it joined...

9h47m Spin for the #5 Hope Racing ORECA at what looks like the Porsche curves

9h47m The #89 Farnbacher Ferrari is in for a stop and this may be more than routine service.

9h48m #5 able to rejoin without fuss. It's been a tough day at the office for the Hope squad, with the car propping up the LMP1 class

9h49m One minute until the Safety Cars are expected in...

9h50m Leading #74 Corvette into the pits, and Oliver Gavin switches over with Richard Westbrook

9h51m The Safety Car will now take us to 01:00, after another extension

9h51m Problems for the #89 Farnbacher Ferrari but it is down and at the end of the pitlane, waiting to be released onto the circuit.

9h53m The #57 Krohn Racing Ferrari has also been in for a stop. Driver change there and Michele Rugolo takes over behind the wheel.

9h55m Repair work all but completed now, and marshals are frantically trying to clear the last of the debris from the track

9h57m Confirmation that the Safety Car will be in this lap, and the race will be back underway

9h58m Guy Smith pits in the #13 Rebellion Racing Lola-Toyota, currently third in the LMP1 petrol class

10h01m The #83 JMB Racing Ferrari is in for a quick stop with the end of the safety car period drawing ever closer.

10h01m Premat in the lead LMP2 #48 ORECA peels into the pitlane. #36 RML Honda also in for a full service - fuel, tyres and driver change

10h02m The safety car comes into the pitlane and we are racing once again.

10h03m Spate of pit stops at the front of the LMP2 field, as #39, #42 and #33 pit from third, fourth and fifth respectively

10h05m In GTE Pro, the challenge for the #74 Corvette will be to see if it can maintain and even extend a one lap lead over the #75 Prospeed Competition Porsche.

10h06m As the field sorts itself out, the #2 Audi has established a gap of 2m18s at the front of the field. #8, #9 and #7 Peugeots second to fourth

10h07m As far as GTE Am goes, the battle will now recommence between the two Larbre Competition cars, with the Flying Lizard Porsche third and the Krohn Racing Ferrari in fourth and all on the same lap.

10h07m Franck Mailleux pits from sixth in the #26 Signatech Nissan

10h08m The #71 AF Corse Ferrari has recently been in for a stop and Michael Waltrip is now getting a taste of night racing at Le Mans.

10h11m The #48 ORECA-Nissan continues to lead in LMP2, and its advantage stands at 1m54s following that Safety Car period

10h12m All three Peugeots running very, very close on circuit - less than two seconds between the trio

10h13m Problems for the #48 LMP2 class leader, which is wheeled back into the garage after what looked like a standard pit stop

10h13m Montagny pits from second in the #8 Peugeot, releasing Bourdais in the #9 and Wurz in the #7

10h14m Olivier Lombard takes the LMP2 lead in the #41 Greaves Zytek-Nissan; Premat in the #48 still in the pits

10h15m The #75 second placed Prospeed Porsche has recently been into the pits, handing second in GTE Pro to Toni Vilander in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari.

10h16m Premat finally gets going again in the #48 ORECA, which rejoins in second in LMP2 despite a lengthy pit delay

10h17m Sarrazin meanwhile takes over the #8 Peugeot from Montagny, resuming the race in fourth

10h18m Jan Magnussen is now behind the wheel of the #74 class-leading Corvette and turning laps just under four minutes. He extends the advantage over the #75 Prospeed Porsche.

10h19m Front three in LMP1 all set a 3m33s time on their previous tour - matching each other blow for blow. Lead stands at 2m05s.

10h21m An electrical issue caused the delays for the #48 ORECA, and Premat now has a deficit of more than 2 minutes to make up

10h22m The GTE Am battle is shaping up nicely. Positions remain unchanged with the two Larbre Competition cars out front ahead of the Flying Lizard Porsche and the Krohn Racing Ferrari, but it is the latter that is quickest on the last lap and the gaps are closing.

10h23m Tinseau in the #16 Pescarolo dives into the pits. Routine stop, as Prost comes by in the #12 Lola to take the lead in the petrol standings

10h23m The #88 Felbermayr Porsche is into the pits for service. Nick Tandy remains in the car but the mechanics wheel him into the garage.

10h25m LMP2 leading #41 car peels into the pits. Lombard will remain at the wheel

10h27m Twin pit stop for the Rebellion Racing squad. Prost comes in from sixth, and hands over the reigns of the #12 Lola

10h28m Belicchi takes over the #13 Rebellion Lola, currently third in the petrol standings.

10h28m The #70 Larbre Competition Porsche has taken the lead in GTE Am. The #50 Chevrolet had been leading but a regular pitstop has dropped it down to fourth in class.

10h28m From fifth, Lapierre pits in the #10 Matmut Peugeot 908.

10h29m Driver change for the #22 Kronos Racing, as Maxime Martin hands over to Bas Leinders

10h32m The #68 Robertson Racing Ford GT is into the pits and back out a short while later, but may have slipped from eighth to ninth in class, behind the #60 Gulf AMR Aston Martin.

10h32m Treluyer in the #2 Audi has extended his lead to 2m09s now, although Bourdais is on a flyer - following up a 3m29s effort with a personal best in S1 and an overall best in S2...

10h35m Bourdais into the pitlane in the #9, and he is followed in by Wurz in the #7 Peugeot. Routine stops for both, and they resume in second and third

10h36m Patrick Long pits the #80 Flying Lizard Porsche and gets routine service. The gaps are close in both GTE Pro and GTE AM, with pitstops dropping cars several places down the order.

10h39m Toni Vilander is slowly beginning to close down the gap to the leading #74 Corvette in GTE Pro. The #51 AF Corse Ferrari is running three seconds per lap faster at the moment.

10h41m Great battle shaping up for 3rd in LMP2, as Watts in the #42 Strakka HPD closes on the #39 Lola. Watts just fractions behind now...and he makes the pass for third.

10h41m Lafargue dives into the pitlane in the #35 OAK Pescarolo, currently 8th in LMP2

10h42m The #24 Oak Pescarolo has officially retired and the garage doors come down

10h43m The third placed #59 Luxury Racing Ferrari and Tommy Milner in the #73 Corvette are tied together in GTE Pro.

10h44m Bourdais in the #9 Peugeot cuts the lead to 1m56s now. Treluyer in the #2 Audi responds though

10h45m Dirk Muller pits the #56 BMW. He gets regular service and rejoins the race eighth in the GTE Pro class.

10h46m Watts flying now in the #42 Strakka HPD, as he sets personal bests in sectors 1 and 2. He is 25s down the road from the #48 ORECA

10h48m Tommy Milner brings the #73 Chevrolet Corvette in from fourth position in GTE Pro, temporarily ending his on-track battle for third with Jaime Melo.

10h48m 4th and 5th in LMP2 dive into the pits - Russo in the #39 leads in Bouchut in the #33 Level 5 Lola

10h49m Meantime, further up the road in GTE Pro, Toni Vilander is continuing to close down the class leading #74 Corvette at around two seconds per lap.

10h49m Wurz in the #7 Peugeot struggling to match the pace of the front two - and the sister #8 of Sarrazin, who is fourth and closing

10h50m Pitstop for the RML squad as Mike Newton pits in the #36 HPD

10h51m Premat into the pits now in the #48 ORECA, which was second in LMP2. Watts in the #42 Strakka follows him in from third

10h52m Spate of LMP2 pit stops, as Ordonez brings the #26 Signatech Nissan in for its 12th stop

10h52m The #59 Luxury Racing Ferrari pits from third place in GTE Pro. Jaime Melo stays in the car and we will soon find out if the #73 Corvette has been able to take third as they resume battle.

10h52m Superb from the Strakka team, as the #42 HPD jumps the #48 ORECA to move into second. Kraihamer takes over from Premat in the #48

10h56m Watts back into the pits in the #42 Strakka HPD. Most definitely unscheduled, no word on any problems yet however...

10h57m Watts has dropped to fourth in LMP2 now, as Kraihamer in the #48 ORECA and Russo in the #39 Lola go through

10h58m Sarrazin dives into the pits from fourth in the #8 Peugeot

10h59m Big crash for Russo in the #39 Recom Racing Lola Judd through the Dunlop curves. He had just put the team third in LMP2

11h00m Puncture for the #12 Rebellion Racing Lola, which forces Bleekemolen to pit from second in the petrol class

11h00m The #70 Larbre Competition Porsche has just pitted and that will likely hand the lead in GTE Am to the #50 Chevrolet Corvette.

11h01m A new wing also being fitted to the #12 Rebellion car , which drops behind the sister #13 car and into third in petrol class.

11h02m Indeed, there has been a lead change in GTE Am with the #50 Larbre Competition car now at the front, driven by Gabriele Gardel.

11h04m The #83 JMB Racing Ferrari receives routine service and Jean-Marc Menahem roars back into the action, still sixth in GTE Am.

11h04m At the head of the field, Bourdais in the #9 Peugeot dips into the 3m29s bracket. Lead now stands at 1m57s, while Wurz in the #7 908 is 30s further down the road

11h05m Julien Jousse takes control of the #16 Pescarolo, which exits still in the lead of the petrol LMP1 standings

11h06m Lombard meanwhile flying in LMP2 still, and he extends his lead in the #41 Zytek-Nissan to over 1 minute

11h07m Problems for the #5 Hope Racing ORECA, as Jan Lammers struggles to get the car going coming out of the pits. He's finally underway after several aborted starts

11h08m LMP2 class leader into the pits, Lombard bringing the #41 Zytek into his garage having pulled out a lead of 1m13s

11h09m Gaps continue to close in GTE Pro and Toni Vilander is maintaining his two seconds per lap advantage over class leader Jan Magnussen in the #74 Corvette. The gap is now under two minutes.

11h11m The GTE Am class leading #50 Larbre Competition car pits and that will likely hand the lead back to the #70 Larbre Porsche, as the two continue running relatively close to eachother.

11h11m Belicchi comes into the pits in the #13 Rebellion Lola, from second in the petrol standings

11h12m Leaders into the pits, as Treluyer peels off the circuit in the #2 Audi. Behind him, Bourdais in the #9 Peugeot goes purple in S1...

11h13m But no, it's not the #50 car that takes the lead in GTE Am. It's the #81 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche, with the top three now running in relatively close company.

11h14m Bourdais dips into the 3m28s bracket, just half a second off the fastest lap so far this race. #2 Audi's lead is down to 50s following Treluyer's stop

11h16m Another stop for the Strakka team, Watts in again in the #42 HPD. The car's pace hasn't fallen away but there is clearly a lingering problem somewhere...

11h17m The #42 Strakka was third in LMP2, but may drop down after receiving a brand new nose

11h18m Bourdais pits from second. Having reduced the gap to 47s, the #9 makes its 12th stop of the race.

11h20m The ORECA Peugeot has gone off at the first chicane. It's being pulled behind the barriers.

11h21m It's not clear what happened to it but Loic Duval was driving at the time.

11h21m The ORECA people are running left, right and centre in the garage as they prepare for it's hoped return.

11h22m The #56 BMW is into the pits for a stop. Driver change this time and it's away holding ninth in class.

11h22m From where we are sitting in the press room, the moon looks amazing. Not that we really have time to look at it!

11h24m The Strakka HPD is on another outlap. Danny Watts has brought the car in and out of the pits a couple of times in recent laps. The #42 car has now dropped back down to fourth.

11h24m The #10 ORECA Peugeot has rejoined the track.

11h25m Simon Pagenaud and Alex Wurz are running in very close company in second and third positions.

11h26m Oh dear. Car #60, the AMR Aston team that lent us the jump leads is in the gravel at Porsche.

11h27m It is apparently being pulled out though from what we can see on the screens.

11h28m Duval is bringing the ORECA Pug back to the pits. There is a fair amount of damage to the right front. Not surprisingly it's been rolled into the garage for repairs.

11h28m The #89 Hankook Team Farnbacher Ferrari has been pushed into the garage.

11h31m Work frantically going on in the ORECA pit. Hughes de Chaunac is a less than happy Frenchman currently.

11h32m The #60 Gulf AMR Aston has made it back to the pits after that trip through the gravel.

11h33m Treluyer now commands a 2m01 lead at the front of the field.

11h34m Pitstop time in GTE Am as the leading Flying Lizard Motorsport entry and the #61 AF Corse Ferrari both come in for service.

11h34m Pagenaud is working hard to recover that time and continue the good work done by Bourdais in his previous stint in the #9 car.

11h34m But try as they might, the Peugeots are not making the kind of impact on the leading Audi that they would like.

11h35m The lead in GTE Am now returns to Larbre Competition and its #70 Porsche. Pascal Gibon is currently behind the wheel.

11h35m The ORECA Peugeot's spell in the garage has dropped it to seventh. Julien Jousse is now fifth for Pescarolo and Andrea Belicchi sixth.

11h37m In GTE Pro, Toni Vilander is still pressing on in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari. He remains in second place but is now under two-and-a-half minutes behind the class-leading #74 Corvette.

11h38m Olivier Lombard is still going great guns at the front of LMP2. The Greaves Zytek is still a lap ahead of the long-time former leader - the #48 Oreca with Dominik Kraihamer at the wheel.

11h39m There is a Japanese photographer sleeping next to us, who is actually snoring louder than the passing Corvettes.

11h39m Vilander has been consistently quicker than Jan Magnussen since the last restart - typically one to three seconds per lap each time round.

11h39m So we're recording it on the dictaphone. We might play it back to him later!

11h40m The ORECA Peugeot is now down to eighth overall. Work still going on.

11h41m Stephane Sarrazin goes back out on track for another stint after taking on more fuel.

11h42m The #73 Corvette has been in and out of the pits. Tommy Milner remains in the car for another stint and remains third in class.

11h44m Duval has taken the rapidly repaired ORECA Pug back on track. It only lost five laps and is now in eighth position.

11h44m Another lead change in GTE Am and the #81 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche is back at the front, with the two Larbre Competition cars tracking it closely.

11h46m The GTE Pro leader is in and Jan Magnussen remains on board.

11h46m The #74 leaves pitlane after routine service and maintains first place.

11h46m According to @FlyingLizard_MS, Darren Law has a vibration and will pit early to investigate.

11h49m Larbre Competition is poised to take the lead in class as this terrific battle for supremacy in GTE Am as and when Lew brings the #81 in.

11h51m Strakka man just turned up next to me at my desk...

11h51m The #59 Luxury Racing Ferrari is in and out of the pits. It is fourth in another relatively close battle in GTE Pro.

11h54m Well it appears that last year's LMP2 winner is out of the race.

11h55m Danny Watts had a torrid stint. First he had a flat spot, then he hit a kerb, which is why the team changed the nose.

11h55m Then when he returned to the track he had high-speed understeer.

11h56m Eventually Watts stopped at the first chicane with a strong smell of oil in the car, so the Strakka team suspects an oil cooler problem. Game over.

11h56m The #81 has been into the pits and Darren Law will now have that vibration checked out.

11h57m Treyuler stays in the car after another stop. That's a quadruple stint for the pole-sitter who still leads the race.

11h57m Law was leading the GTE Am category and it remains to be seen if the #70 Larbre Competition Porsche takes over the lead.

11h58m The Extreme Limite Norma is being worked on in the pits. The car is currently 41st overall and 36 laps down on the leaders.

11h58m Just in case you were interested.

11h59m Simon Pagenaud is now 54s behind the #2 leading Audi, though he will need to stop soon.

11h59m More action in the pits and the #70 Larbre Competition entry is in the pits, having just taken over the lead in GTE Am.

11h59m Alex Wurz is a further six seconds back.

12h00m Half distance...

12h01m Pascal Gibon climbed out of the #70, handing over to Jean-Philippe Belloc. Fuel and tyres for that car and Belloc heads into the night.

12h02m Both #9 and #7 are in the pits at the same time.

12h02m Pagenaud left the pits with just fuel to resume in second position.

12h03m The #50 Larbre Competition Chevrolet Corvette has now taken the lead in GTE Am, following those stops for the #81 and the #70.

12h03m Wurz on the other hand has swapped with Anthony Davidson, who has got a fresh set of boots and tank of diesel.

12h04m That stop also dropped the #7 behind the #8 being driven by Stephane Sarrazin.

12h06m All of this means that marathon man Treluyer now has a 1m52s advantage over Pagenaud.

12h09m The #81 Flying Lizard Porsche is back into the pits and is rolling again after routine service, as the battle in GTE Am continues.

12h10m GTE Am class leader #50 also came into the pits and the lead may fall in to the hands of Sean Paul Breslin in the #61 AF Corse Ferrari.

12h12m Meantime, in GTE Pro the #74 Corvette is still holding the lead in the hands of Jan Magnussen, but as we've mentioned a few times over the past couple of hours, Toni Vilander in the chasing #51 AF Corse Ferrari is running quicker.

The gap between the pair is now around one minute and continuing to close.

12h13m Vilander pits the #51 after a great stint. He hands over control to Gianmaria Bruni and the chase will continue.

12h14m Bruni is down ... but there's a problem and the Italian is sitting there stationary in the pitbox!

12h14m The crew reattach the fuel hose and Bruni finally gets away, but that's a disaster after Vilander's great run.

12h15m Vilander had closed the gap to the #74 down from three minutes to around one minute over the course of a two-hour stint.

12h17m In GTE Am, the #61 did take over the lead with those pitstops for the Larbre Competition cars and the Flying Lizard Motorsports entry.

12h18m The #48 Oreca Nissan is into the pits from second place in LMP2.

12h19m Michael Waltrip brings the #71 AF Corse Ferrari in for service. He leaves the lane, but that car is well down the GTE Pro classification.

12h21m Action in the pits at the Felbermayr Porsche #88 comes in with a puncture and damage. Nick Tandy is at the controls and it is wheeled into the garage for repairs.

12h22m Anthony Davidson is putting on a spurt, having recently climbed aboard the #7 Peugeot. That car remains in fourth place, but the Briton is on it, turning laps in the 3m30s bracket.

12h23m The #10 is in for routine service and Loic Duval rejoins the action still in eighth place.

12h25m Action at Peugeot and the #8 is in from third position. Stephane Sarrazin takes fuel only and heads back out into the darkness.

12h26m Just been shown a picture of what was left of Mike Rockenfeller's car.

12h28m All we can say is Audi can be very proud they kept him safe. We are still trying to get information on Rocky's condition.

12h29m Pagenaud has got the gap down to 1m46s now. Treluyer is lapping in 3m37s bracket at the moment.

12h30m The leader is in for a stop.

12h31m Into the pits comes the #55 BMW from sixth place in GTE Pro. Jorg Muller remains on board and heads back out onto the circuit.

12h31m Treluyer hands over to Marcel Fassler. New tyres and diesel.

12h31m That stop means that Pagenaud is now in the lead on merit.

12h32m So it's Peugeot #9 from Audi #2 then Peugeots #7 and #8.

12h33m Jan Magnussen brings the class leading #74 in and hands over to ex-Porsche Supercup champion Richard Westbrook. The Briton is down and away to defend Corvette's advantage.

12h34m Pagenaud has now stretched the lead to 12s as Fassler does a 3m43.523s outlap.

12h34m Tommy Milner is second in class in the sister #73 Corvette, with the #59 Luxury Racing Ferrari in third and Gianmaria Bruni fourth in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari after that bodged pitstop a few minutes ago.

12h35m Okay we've heard from Audi and it's what others have been tweeting. Rockenfeller will spend the night in hospital under observation, but he's okay. Extraordinarily good news.

12h36m The #73 Corvette is next onto pit road and Tommy Milner climbs out of the second placed car. Problems here for the crew and they are going for a full change of the front brakes.

12h37m The change continues on the #73 but the job is nearing completion.

12h38m Antonio Garcia has taken over at the wheel of that car and he is eventually down and away after a stop of three minutes.

12h39m That stop for the #73 Corvette promotes Luxury Racing #59 to second place in the GTE Pro category.

12h40m Pagenaud is extending his lead at the front. He's now 18s clear of Fassler, who has yet to get a clear lap in his stint.

12h43m The #60 Gulf AMR Aston Martin has spun and made light contact with the barrier. Michael Wainwright is off to the side of the track.

12h43m Apparently the #64 Lotus Evora, with Jon Hartshorne at the wheel, has stopped at Mulsanne corner.

12h45m Pagenaud in the zone. He's stretched the lead to 20s now. Fassler is slowly dropping away now and into the clutches of Anthony Davidson in the #7 Pug.

12h45m Pagenaud pits for fuel, and returns to the track.

12h45m Followed by Davidson.

12h46m So that puts Fassler back in front again, now we wait for the gap.

12h46m In GTE Am, the #81 Flying Lizard Motorsport Porsche is back at the helm. It is being chased hard by the two Larbre Competition cars.

12h48m The leaders are coming towards the end of the lap, so now we will find out who has gained from that last round of stops.

12h49m So now Pagenaud is 36s behind Fassler.

12h50m That's basically the real gap between the two leaders, we think. Davidson is a further 1m10s back.

12h52m The #55 BMW is on for service again and so is the #59 Luxury Racing Ferrari from second place in GTE Pro.

12h54m Another stop for a GTE Am car as the #61 AF Corse Ferrari is in and out from fourth position, with Marco Cioci at the controls.

12h55m More action in pitlane as the #63 Felbermayr Porsche makes a stop. Christian Reid gets away and is fifth in class.

13h00m The #81 class-leading Flying Lizard Motorsport entry is into the pits and the #70 Larbre Competition Porsche flashes over the line to take the lead in GTE Am.

13h01m The #10 and also the LMP2 leading #48 Oreca have been in for service.

13h02m It is likely that the #41 Greaves Motorsport Zytek will take over the lead in LMP2.

13h03m Also in last time round was the #26 Signatech Nissan with Soheil Ayari behind the wheel, from third place in LMP2.

13h05m Up front, the gap between first and second is now 37 seconds, as Marcel Fassler pushes to try and extend the gap for Audi.

13h07m The #35 Oak Racing machine has been in for what was a lengthy service. It goes back out still in sixth position in the LMP2 category.

13h08m Audi continues to lead at Le Mans with the #2 machine, by 37 seconds over Peugeot #9. The #7 Peugeot is third and Sarrazin brings the #8 in for service from fourth.

13h09m Sarrazin hands over to Nicolas Minassian and he gets away, still in fourth place with the fifth placed Pescarolo some five laps back.

13h10m Prior to that stop by Sarrazin, the top four cars were covered by just 93 seconds.

13h10m The leader pits and the #2 Audi receives routine service.

13h11m Fassler is dropped to the floor and he whistles quietly out of the pits.

13h13m So, Pagenaud retakes the lead of the race in the #9 Peugeot, 28s ahead of Fassler in the #2 Audi

13h14m Davidson in the #7 Peugeot meanwhile is third, seven seconds behind Fassler, and flying - his last lap being a 3m29s...

13h15m Oil warning flag comes out at the exit of the Dunlop curve

13h15m In GTE Am, the game of musical chairs continues at the top. The #50 Larbre Competition Chevrolet Corvette now leads with Julien Canal behind the wheel, ahead of the #81 Flying Lizard entry and the other Larbre machine in third place.

They remain within a couple of minutes of eachother on track.

13h16m Top three within 36s of each other and all now lapping at a very similar, and very competitive, pace. #2 Audi splitting the #9 and #7 Peugeots

13h17m The #51 AF Corse Ferrari pits and Bruni will remain in the car. He rejoins but may lose that second position to the Luxury Racing Ferrari.

13h18m Karim Ojjeh pits from second in the #41 LMP2 Zytek-Nissan. Tom Kimber-Smith takes over behind the wheel

13h18m The #50 has pitted, handing the lead in GTE Am back to the Flying Lizard Porsche. This is turning into a classic with all four classes being closely fought.

13h19m Davidson sets the fastest lap of the race - 185 laps after Treluyer's previous best. He goes purple in S3 and dips into the 3m27s bracket for the very first time in the race

13h20m Davidson now just 2s behind Fassler in the #2 Audi, and takes another 0.5s with a personal best in sector one

13h21m The extra fuel efficiency of the Peugeot starting to tell now, as the #2 Audi has stopped two more times than the #9 and #7 908s

13h23m Davidson in the 3m28s, as Fassler ups his pace to dip into the 3m29s. Both cars within 29s of the overall leader, the #9 Peugeot.

13h26m Davidson's charge is halted partly by traffic, and partly by Audi's persistent ability to respond to the challenge. Gap back to over 2s now.

13h26m Westbrook the in the GTE Pro lead #74 Corvette dives into the pits for a routine stop

13h27m back down to 0.8s now as Fassler hits traffic in the #2 Audi in the second sector. Lead #9 Peugeot just 30s down the road

13h29m Leader into the pits, as Pagenaud peels off the circuit in the #9 Peugeot

13h29m Davidson also into the pits in the #7, handing the race lead back to Fassler in the #2 Audi

13h30m Lucas Luhr in the #80 Flying Lizard Porsche comes into the pits from sixth in the GTE Pro class

13h30m Pagenaud in the #9 and Davidson in the #7 rejoin in second and third, 35s and 65s respectively behind Fassler in the #2 Audi

13h32m Dominik Kraihamer still running well in the LMP2-leading #48 ORECA. Tom Kimber-Smith is marginally faster last time around but the gap is over one minute

13h34m Fassler not letting his pace slacken out in front, as the #2 Audi R18 takes a precious few tenths out of the following Peugeots in S1

13h35m In GTE Am the class-leading #81 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche has extended the lead to just over 90s ahead of the #61 AF Corse Ferrari. The #50 Larbre Competition Chevrolet Corvette is third, just 25 seconds further back.

13h36m Have we mentioned that Vanina Ickx is behind the wheel of the #22 Kronos Racing car, which currently sits ninth overall?

13h37m Duval in the #10 Matmut Peugeot into the pits for a seemingly routine stop

13h38m In the LMP1 petrol class, Emmanuel Collard keeps up the #16 Pescarolo's momentum with a personal best in S2. Their lead remains over one lap

13h41m The #77 Felbermayr Porsche is in for a routine stop. Richard Lietz stays in and gets away, but may lose ninth in the GTE Pro category to the #56 BMW.

13h43m Lead LMP2, #48 ORECA, peels into the pitlane as Kraihamer hands over to David Hallyday. #41 Zytek-Nissan retakes the class lead

13h44m 3rd and 4th in LMP2 now stop - Ayari in the #26 leading in Barbosa in the #33

13h46m Fassler's pace in the #2 Audi has slackened slightly and his lead is back down to 37s, as Pagenaud in the #9 and Davidson in the #7 match each other blow for blow

13h47m And Fassler pits! Lead #2 Audi into the pitlane for a routine stop, and he rejoins in second - with Davidson breathing down his neck

13h48m So, once again top three are covered by less than 30s and it's the #2 Audi splitting the #9 and #7 Peugeots

13h49m The #61 AF Corse Ferrari is in and now heading out of the pits from second place in the GTE Am category.

13h49m Boullion pits in the #13 Rebellion Lola, from third in the petrol class

13h49m Davidson already within one second of Fassler as they tear down the Mulsanne straight

13h50m While the battles at the head of LMP1 and LMP2 remain close, gaps are starting to grow a little in the GTE categories.

13h51m The Hope Racing squad haven't had the most enjoyable of evenings, and their woes continue as the #5 ORECA pulls up on the exit of the second chicane on the Mulsanne straight

13h53m Davidson in the #7 Peugeot swarming all over the back of Fassler in the #2 Audi now. Pagenaud in the lead #9 908 edging away slightly

13h54m And Davidson is through! The #7 Peugeot claims second now, Davidson finding the slipstream on the run down to Indianapolis

13h54m Down the field and the #81 Flying Lizard Motorsport Porsche is in for service. The gap was around 90 seconds so it's possible that Spencer Pumpelly can maintain the lead.

13h55m Peugeot 1-2 at the front of the field now, although Fassler in the #2 Audi hasn't let this go and is now hounding Davidson...

13h59m The safety car has been deployed.

13h59m The #13 Rebellion Racing Lola has stopped through the Porsche curves, necessitating this latest safety car period.

14h02m Looks like another big shunt, this time for Jean-Christophe Boullion in the #13 Rebellion car.

14h03m What this does do, assuming the top three don't become separated during pitstops, is give us a 1-2-3 race when we go back to green.

14h05m Marshals once again called into action to clear the track of debris from that crash. Still no news on Boullion himself, but the car door was open so one can only hope he was okay and exited the vehicle...

14h06m Advantage Davidson in the #7 Peugeot it seems, although pit stops could separate the field again depending on the length of this course of yellows

14h07m First and second in GTE Pro are both in the pits.

14h08m Westbrook is down and away in the #74 Corvette and holds onto the class lead.

14h10m There's one car between the Pagenaud and Davidson in the #9 and #7 Peugeots, while Fassler is directly behind in the #2 Audi

14h11m Over in LMP2, Kimber-Smith in the lead #41 has lost all of its advantage over the #48 ORECA in second

14h13m The #68 Robertson Racing entry is in for a lengthy stop. David Murry rejoins in seventh place in the GTE Am category.

14h14m Heavy damage to the front of the #13 Rebellion Lola, although we're still waiting on any more information. The car is at least being removed on the back of a low loader

14h15m Safety Car in this lap, after the wrecked #13 Lola has been removed

14h19m Boullion is fine and out of the car, it looks like driver error this time apparently

14h20m The #70 Larbre Competition Porsche has been into the pits. Jean-Philippe Belloc rejoins still in third position in GTE Am.

14h20m Cars on the Mulsanne straight now, plenty of weaving to keep the tyres warm and the nerves alive.

14h21m Safety Car remains out for one more lap at least. Marshals working extremely hard but with crashes of this magnitude there is a lot to clear

14h22m The safety car comes into the pitlane and we are racing once again.

14h23m Change of the lead, as Davidson moves to the front in the #7 Peugeot

14h24m Pagenaud peels into the pitlane just as the track goes green, and will drop to third as a conseuqence

14h25m Fassler in the #2 Ausi hounding Davidson, but the Peugeot already has a gap of around 1s

14h26m In GTE Pro the #74 has a decent lead over the #51 AF Corse Ferrari.

14h26m Two cars in the gravel: #33, Barbosa in the Lola-HPD, is beached on the exit of the Esses

14h27m #71 also struck problems. It rejoins but is slowly crawling back to the pits

14h28m Another lead change. Davidson pits in the #7 Peugeot, and Fassler moves the #2 Audi back into the race lead.

14h28m Problems for the fourth placed car in GTE Pro. Stephane Ortelli is another other car stuck out on the circuit in the #59 Luxury Racing Ferrari.

14h29m The faintest flicker of sunrise playing out across the hill at the Dunlop curve, as Barbosa rejoins in the #33 Lola - which falls from 3rd to 5th

14h31m #41 Zytek-Nissan protects its LMP2 lead, stretching it to 9s over #48 ORECA

14h31m Michael Waltrip pits the #71 AF Corse Ferrari. Some problem there for the American as the engine cover is lifted off by the mechanics.

14h31m Neel Jani in the #12 Rebellion Lola dives into the pits

14h34m Robert Kauffman in the #71 AF Corse Ferrari has reportedly been banned for the rest of the race for dangerous driving

14h34m Oliver Gavin is at the controls of the GTE Pro leading #74 Corvette. He has a one lap advantage over the #51 AF Corse Ferrari. Giancarlo Fisichella is back onboard that car.

14h35m Orange hue on the hills of Le Mans now as the sun begins to make an early appearance, 14.5 hours into the race

14h35m Panis pits in the #10 Matmut Peugeot

14h36m Fassler on a charge now, and he extends the #2 Audi's lead to more than 60s over Davidson in the #7 Peugeot

14h38m The #81 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche is maintaining its lead in GTE Am with a decent advantage over the #61 AF Corse Ferrari. Both Larbre Competition entries have slipped back somewhat and run in third and fourth positions.

14h39m David Hallyday pits from second in the #48 ORECA

14h41m Second place in GTE Am pits and the #61 is in. This gives the #81 Flying Lizard Porsche and Darren Law a healthy lead.

14h42m Leader into the pitlane, as Audi crew prepare for a routine stop for Fassler in the #2 R18

14h42m Fassler exits ahead of Davidson in the #7 Peugeot

14h43m So, advantage Audi once again, as they keep the lead despite making two more stops than the Peugeot. Gap is just 4s now

14h44m The #73 Corvette pits from third place in the GTE Pro class.

14h44m Antonio Garcia stays on board the #73 and he's down and away.

14h46m Fassler and Davidson are racing for the lead here - Fassler completes lap 209 and the #7 Peugeot is just 4s behind. Bourdais in the #9 is 16s further down the road

14h47m Quick, routine pit stop for the lead petrol LMP1 car, the #16 Pescarolo-Judd

14h47m 14 hours and 50 minutes into the race, just 19s separate the top three - Audi from Peugeot and Peugeot.

14h48m Vanina Ickx hands over the #22 Kronos Lola to fellow Belgian Maxime Martin

14h50m Less than 1s now between Fassler and Davidson, the #7 Peugeot driver on a real charge

14h51m The #75 Prospeed Competition Porsche had recently climbed as high as fourth in GTE Pro, but Marc Goossens comes into the pits and the car is pushed back into the garage.

14h52m Davidson captures the lead for Peugeot at Indianapolis. Fassler tries to retaliate through Arnage but the Briton makes the move stick for now

14h53m Davidson pulls out 0.8s on the #2 Audi, registering a second consecutive 3m28s lap.

14h53m Montagny takes control of the #8 Peugeot meanwhile, replacing Nicolas Minassian

14h54m Davidson runs off at the first chicane down the Mulsanne straight! Fassler goes by, and Audi lead again - second lead change in two laps

14h56m The top four are really going for it now, turning laps regularly under 3m30s. This is stretching the race dramatically, with the fifth placed Pescarolo now six laps back.

14h57m Heavy traffic helps Fassler pull out a lead of 2.1s over Davidson. Bourdais meanwhile does a personal best, a 3:28.302s, to close to within 18s of the lead

14h58m Lead LMP2 car into the pits...Tom Kimber-Smith takes on fuel and is back out in the #41 Zytek-Nissan

14h59m Off goes the #88 Felbermayr Porsche from 14th in the GTE Pro category. Abdulaziz Al Faisal is behind the wheel as he sits in the middle of the gravel, waiting to be pulled out.

14h59m Looks like Davidson may have flat-spotted his tyres during that lock up, he seems to be suffering with a lot of vibrations on the in-car cameras

15h00m Fassler in the #2 Audi goes purple in S3 to eke his lead out to 3.2s - a personal best for his car for good measure as well

15h01m in LMP2, Kimber-Smith in the #41 Zytek-Nissan has a lead of almost exactly 60s now over the #48 ORECA

15h03m Fassler keeping up the pace in the #2 Audi R18, as he does a personal best in S2. Gap now stands at 3.4s

15h04m The #75 Prospeed Competition Porsche is still in the garage.

15h05m Oh! The #70 Larbre Competition car has had an excursion. Christophe Bourret reverses the car from the edge of the gravel and rejoins the circuit.

15h06m Fastest laps coming thick and fast, as Montagny registers a personal best

15h06m Safety Car comes out again

15h06m Now the #59 Luxury Racing Ferrari has ground to a halt on the circuit. Stephane Ortelli is behind the wheel.

15h07m Ortelli's stoppage has brought out this latest intervention.

15h07m He was running 10th in the GTE Pro class.

15h08m Into the pits for the #7 and #9 Peugeots. Davidson hands over the reigns. Possibly a strategic call that by Peugeot...

15h10m Ortelli's Ferrari is still stranded. Two marshals are helpfully flanking it, waving yellow flags.

15h11m A tractor unit has finally arrived on the scene and will tow the #59 Ferrari a short distance to the pit entrance.

15h12m Nicolas De Crem takes over at the wheel of the #49 OAK Racing Pescarolo

15h13m Safety Car may work to Audi's advantage, as Fassler takes a 2m22s lead now.

15h13m Davidson reflective about the timing of this Safety Car period. Bourdais in the #9 car jumped his #7 during the pit stops. Marc Gene now in the #7.

15h16m Big off for the #48 ORECA, with Hallyday at the wheel

15h17m The safety car period may be extended now to to this most recent incident.

15h17m Marshals trying to help coerce the #48 car back to the pits. It currently lies second in the LMP2 class

15h18m Looks terminal for the #48 ORECA - Hallyday is out the car, which is smoking at the side of the track

15h20m Audi #2 now holds a two minute lead over the #9 and #7 Peugeots, as they sit behind the next safety car some way back down the track.

15h22m #74 Corvette maintains the lead in GTE Pro, but Giancarlo Fisichella is now on the same lap in second place, with Antonio Garcia one lap back in the #73 Corvette.

15h23m Another pit visitor during this safety car period is the #49 Oak Racing machine. Nicolas de Crem is behind the wheel.

15h24m A flatbed truck has arrived on the scene to remove the #48 ORECA.

15h24m The #55 BMW is into the pits and now on its way back out to rejoin the snake.

15h26m Soheil Ayari is another driver into the pits in the #28 Signatech Oreca. That car is third in LMP2.

15h27m Car #48 is now on that flatbed truck and is being transported slowly back to the pits.

15h28m The safety car comes into the pitlane and we are racing once again.

15h29m Peugeot #8 peels into the pits immediately at the restart, leaving the top three to race away.

15h29m Four tyres and fuel for the #8. Franck Montagny remains in the car and he's away.

15h30m The #61 Ferrari has spun and sustained light damage to the rear after making light contact with the wall.

15h31m Meantime, the #16 Pescarolo pits from fifth. Collard stays on board and rejoins some six laps down.

15h31m The three Peugeots are together but separated by one lap as they head down the Mulsanne straight.

15h32m Audi #2 now has a lead of 67 seconds with the #9 and #7 Peugeots chasing hard. Fassler is due to stop soon.

15h33m Montagny is looking to try and get past his two team-mates in an effort to get that lap back.

15h34m Cars thundering past the pits at racing speed once again, waking one or two of the fans trying to grab a nap in the grandstand opposite.

15h34m The gap between first and second is down to 53 seconds as the trio of Peugeots make for an impressive sight from the helicam.

15h35m Hallyday's demise in the #48 ORECA has promoted the #28 Signatech Nissan into second place in LMP2.

15h36m Audi is ready and the leader peels into the pitlane.

15h36m Fassler brings the #2 in and there will be a driver change this time round.

15h38m Andre Lotterer climbs aboard as four tyres are changed and fuel is taken. He's down and away.

15h38m Peugeot #9 whistles by and into the lead of the race with the #7 car now in second place.

15h39m The #88 Felbermayer Porsche has ended up in the gravel at the kink approaching Indianapolis. He's getting tow to safety with a tractor.

15h41m Al Faisal is at the wheel of the #88 at the moment as it is dragged out of the gravel, some of which has spread onto the circuit.

15h41m Sebastien Bourdais leads on home soil with a narrow margin over the #7 sister car. The #2 Audi crosses the line a short while later.

15h42m The gap is timed at 40.707s between the two Peugeots and Lotterer's #2 Audi.

15h42m Race control warns of the slippery surface, with gravel on the road approaching Indianapolis.

15h43m Montagny is continuing to push hard in the #8 machine and is about to unlap himself.

15h44m Across the line they go and Bourdais has not yet let his team-mate through and back onto the lead lap.

15h46m Lotterer cuts the gap to the leader to 38 seconds. He flashes his headlights wildly to let the #33 entry know that he wants to come through and put another lap on it.

15h47m #41 the Greaves Motorsport machine still holds the lead in LMP2 ahead of the Signatech Nissan. The gap between them is two laps, with the #33 Level 5 Motorsports Lola another two laps behind in third.

15h48m Lotterer posts 3m27.710s - the fastest lap of the race - as he continues his pursuit of the two Peugeots ahead of him.

15h48m The leading #81 Flying Lizard machine pits in the GTE Am category.

15h49m Franck Montagny in the #8 continues to hound leader Bourdais in the #9 as he bids to get that one lap deficit back.

15h50m Lotterer has the gap down to 32 seconds and if this continues we will soon have the top three nose-to-tail once again. All this after almost 16 hours of racing!

15h51m The gap comes down yet again and Lotterer's #2 Audi is just 29 seconds behind Bourdais.

15h52m It appears that the #81 Flying Lizard Porsche kept the lead following that recent stop in GTE Am.

15h53m Lotterer is consistently under the 3m30s bracket now as his relentless chase of the two leading Peugeots continues.

15h55m The #73 Corvette comes in from third place in GTE Pro. Antonio Garcia climbs out and Olivier Beretta takes another turn behind the wheel. He rejoins the fight.

15h56m Al Faisal remains stranded in the #88 Porsche after that earlier off at Indianapolis and is phoning a friend - or the team perhaps.

15h56m Lotterer's pace has dropped off just slightly with a 3m32s lap the last time around. The gap between the #2 Audi and the two leading Peugeots is 37 seconds.

15h57m That slower lap was probably traffic-induced. Lotterer is back under 3m30s and the chase resumes.

15h58m Car #48 - the Team Oreca Matmut entry - has now officially retired from the race.

15h59m Bourdais responds with a new fastest lap of his own, but Lotterer comes straight back at him with 3m26.298s. This is turning into a qualifying battle!

16h00m The top three are now covered by 31 seconds, as we reach two-thirds distance in the Le Mans 24 hours.

16h03m They complete lap 227 and the frantic pace continues. Both the leading #9 Peugeot (Bourdais) and third placed #2 (Lotterer) set identical lap times - 3m26.298s!

16h04m Everyone in the pits who was asleep is now wide awake as the reality of the situation dawns. The top three are covered by just 35 seconds.

16h05m The leader pits and Bourdais hits his marks. In fact all three 908s come in for service.

16h05m The #2 Audi flashes by and takes over the lead of the race.

16h06m No driver changes for any of the Peugeot entries and they join the racetrack en masse.

16h07m The #73 Corvette has gone straight on and gently nosed into the tyres at Arnage.

16h07m Beretta was third in GTE Pro and he is trying to reverse the car back onto the circuit, in order to get away again.

16h09m Meantime, the situation changes at the front now. The hunter becomes the hunted and Lotterer will need to stay on it in a bid to keep a good gap to the two chasing Peugeots.

16h10m The pace is amazing as Lotterer posts another new fastest lap of the race - 3m25.289s at the completion of lap 229.

16h12m Nicolas Lapierre pits the #10 Oreca Matmut Peugeot and is currently seventh in the classification, 10 laps down.

16h13m The leader pits and Lotterer brings the #2 Audi in at the end of a superb stint. It's a quick stop, fuel only and he's away again.

16h15m Sebastien Bourdais retakes the lead in the #9 Peugeot.

16h16m The #88 Felbermayr Porsche has now been abandoned following Al Faisal's incident a short while ago.

16h18m Up front, the #9 Peugeot leads the #7 sister car by 12 seconds, with Lotterer now 32 seconds back - more or less the same gap as before the latest round of stops.

16h19m The #81 leading entry in GTE Am runs wide and Seth Neiman takes a trip through the gravel.

16h20m Neiman is able to rejoin in the Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche, but there is definitely some fluid leaking from the rear of the car.

16h22m With the GTE Am leader limping back into the pits, its rivals take the opportunity to come in as well and battle is resumed.

16h23m Fresh rubber goes on the #81 after its smokey off and the car heads out with Spencer Pumpelly at the controls.

16h24m The #50 Larbre Competition Chevrolet Corvette goes back into the lead of GTE Am for the first time in around four hours.

16h25m Dirk Werner pits the #55 BMW from fifth place in GTE Pro.

16h26m Meanwhile, at the front of the race Sebastien Bourdais continues to hold the lead. He is 15 seconds clear of the #7 Peugeot, with Lotterer now just 29 seconds back in the #2 Audi.

16h28m Gardel took the lead for Larbre Competition in the GTE Am category, but he has since pitted the #50, handing first place back to the #81 Flying Lizard Porsche.

16h29m The #81 is timed at just 1.5s ahead of the #50 as the battle hots up in GTE Am.

16h30m The #81 and #50 are side by side racing for the lead in GTE Am.

16h31m GTE Am grabs the spotlight as Pumpely and Gardel flash across the line covered by no more than one second.

16h33m But there's big news up front - Lotterer is now just eight seconds behind Gene in the #7 Peugeot. The top three are now covered by 26 seconds.

16h34m Sebastien Bourdais in the #9 holds an 18 second lead over Marc Gene, with Lotterer closing fast.

16h36m Gabriele Gardel has passed Spencer Pumpelly to take over the lead in GTE Am, as Larbre Competition surges to the front.

16h37m Contact between two cars and critically one of them is a Corvette. They were running first and third in GTE Pro.

16h38m It's the leader of GTE Pro! The #74 is in the gravel!

16h38m The safety car has been deployed.

16h39m The other car is the #63 Proton Competition Porsche, with Christian Reid at the wheel. We have yet to see how the incident occurred.

16h40m Replays show that Magnussen lost control of the leading Corvette and got a huge slide going, which he couldn't control. He speared into the side of the Porsche, damaging both heavily as they spun into the wall.

16h41m Peugeot is getting ready for stops this time round, as the field continues under the control of the safety cars.

16h42m Toni Vilander in the #51 is now shown at the GTE Pro leader as the pack forms up behind the safety cars once again.

16h42m Rescue vehicles and marshals are down at the end of the lap as the clear-up operation begins.

16h43m The #74 Corvette is still beached in the gravel at this time.

16h43m Now the #9 Peugeot pits from the lead. Bourdais climbs out and Simon Pagenaud gets in.

16h45m Tyres and fuel for the #9 and Pagenaud is away after a lengthy delay. He will trundle to the end of the pitlane and be held until the next safety car train comes through.

16h46m Meantime, the crashed #74 Corvette is being towed away from the crash scene.

16h47m The #9 is allowed to leave the pits and resumes behind a small pack of cars following the next safety car.

16h49m At the head of the race, #7 Peugeot leads the #2 Audi by six seconds, as they tour round behind the same safety car.

16h50m The #74 Corvette has been pulled to the side of the track but is still a few hundred metres away from the pits.

16h50m Jan Magnussen is thoughtfully looking at the damage but it doesn;t look good.

16h52m The #56 BMW pits as the snake passes the start-finish line. Driver change for that car on this occasion.

16h53m Andy Priaulx is in that car and he is held at the end of the pitlane, waiting for the smaller safety car train to come past.

16h54m The second smaller snake of cars passes by band Priaulx is allowed back onto the circuit.

16h54m Peugeot has tweeted that the delay to the pitstop for car #9 was due to a change of radio.

16h55m Car #33 is in the pits now and Christophe Bouchut remains at the controls.

16h56m The #33 Level 5 Motorsports entry now lies third in LMP2.

16h57m Christian Reid has been taken on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance after that heavy crash with Magnussen's #74 Corvette.

16h58m Meantime, a flatbed truck has now arrived on the scene to take away the #63 Porsche.

16h59m The #2 Audi comes into the pits and Lotterer stops for service.

17h00m Lotterer climbs out of the car and Benoit Treluyer takes over at the controls. Four tyres, fuel and he is heading to the end of the pitlane.

17h01m The safety car train is now passing the pits. Treluyer is then released and he joins the back of the snake.

17h02m Down in the pits, we've spoken with Oliver Gavin who says the former GTE Pro leader - #74 Corvette - is stranded on track and beyond repair.

17h04m The safety car will pit at the end of this lap.

17h05m Peugeot is ready to receive the #7 car in the pits next time by.

17h05m The #7 comes in and so does the #8.

17h06m Alex Wurz climbs aboard the #7 car.

17h07m The safety car comes into the pitlane and we are racing once again.

17h08m The two Peugeots are forced to wait until the cars come past - this time at racing speed - before they are released back onto the circuit.

17h09m With those stops, the #2 Audi takes over once again at the head of the race, with Treluyer behind the wheel.

17h09m Oh we have a spin for the #35 Oak Racing entry at Indianapolis.

17h10m Frederic da Rocha spun backwards onto the grass after the exit of the corner on cold tyres and has stalled the car.

17h11m Marshals are working to try and get the #35 moving again.

17h12m #9 Peugeot leads the race, having passed Treluyer on the restart lap while we were talking about the spin for the #35. But the Audi driver is fighting back and they are separated by less than one second.

17h13m The #7 Peugeot in the hands of Alex Wurz lies third, just seven seconds back.

17h14m Peugeot #8 is fourth but is still one lap down, with the Pescarolo #16 machine seven laps down in fifth place.

17h16m Treluyer is on the tail of Pagenaud as they head into the Mulsanne chicane. He slots back in behind the Peugeot.

17h18m The #8 Peugeot is right with the lead battle, but Sarrazin is one lap down. Slightly further back, the #7 car is third, just seven seconds behind the leading duo.

17h18m Nervous tension on the faces of the team mechanics and the leaders are tied together heading into the Ford chicane!

17h19m Wurz in third place closes in still further and is just 2.3s behind the leading pair. This is fantastic stuff.

17h20m They work through lapped traffic at the Mulsanne chicane and the battle continues, with the top three and Sarrazin's lapped #8 Peugeot all covered by three seconds.

17h22m Oh dear. The #81 Flying Lizard Motorsports car - second in GTE Am - has stopped at the side of the circuit.

17h22m The top two are almost touching as they come through the Ford chicane to complete yet another lap.

17h23m The gap over the line is timed at 0.7s with Wurz 2.7s behind them.

17h23m Three marshals have arrived to push the #81 Flying Lizard Motorsport Porsche away from the racetrack.

17h24m Sarrazin gets past Treluyer and unlaps himself from the #2 Audi. However, he is still one lap down overall, with the leading #9 car just ahead of him.

17h26m They lap the #50 Larbre Competition Corvette. Pagenaud gets through without problem, but Treluyer and Sarrazin split poor Gardel and the Audi sneaks past the #8 Peugeot to put a lap on it once again.

17h27m Pagenaud in the leading #9 Peugeot has eased away to a two second lead as we see a spin for the #36 RML entry.

17h29m A sad end for the Flying Lizard Motorsports #81 entry. The team has abandoned after providing great entainment throughout the night, fighting against the Larbre Competition cars in GTE Am.

17h30m Mike Newton pits the #36 RML following that spin one lap ago. He rejoins the race.

17h32m Pagenaud slows briefly and that allows Treluyer to get a run on him down the Mulsanne ... the move sticks into the chicane and Audi #2 leads at Le Mans!

17h33m Treluyer immediately makes a dash for it and opens up a 1.4s lead over Pagenaud in the #9 Peugeot. Alex Wurz is now 5.7s back from the leader in third place.

17h33m Stephane Sarrazin is still with the group in fourth but exactly one lap down in the #8 Peugeot.

17h36m The #41 Greaves Motorsport entry is ninth overall and leading the LMP2 category, with a four lap gap back to the #26 Sigmatech machine.

17h37m In GTE Pro following the demise of the #74 Corvette, the #51 AF Corse Ferrari now leads by two laps over the #73 Corvette. BMW #55 is third, currently in the hands of Dirk Werner.

17h39m Larbre Competition holds first and second in GTE Am. The #50 Corvette leads with the #70 Porsche one lap back. JMB Racing is third but the #83 car is some six laps back.

17h40m Benoit Treluyer crosses the line with a 2.7 second lead in the #2 Audi over Simon Pagenaud in Peugeot #9.

17h41m Alex Wurz is third in the #7 Peugeot and has slipped - slipped we say after close on 18 hours of racing - to 9.1 seconds behind the leader.

17h42m Pitstops are due for the leaders at the end of this lap. The top three cars last stopped during that recent safety car period.

17h43m Treluyer pits the leading #2 Audi, handing track position to the #9 Peugeot.

17h44m Treluyer remains at the controls and he leaves after taking on fuel only.

17h45m The #9 pitted also and like the Audi took on fuel only. Pagenaud rolled back into the fight a few seconds behind Treluyer.

17h46m So now Alex Wurz takes over the lead in the #7 Peugeot., as we wait for his stop.

17h46m Peugeot is ready to receive Wurz this time by.

17h47m The #8 comes in rather than the #7 and Sarrazin gets regular service and heads back out.

17h48m Wurz elects to stay out and continues on with a slight lead. Meantime, behind him on the road, the #2 Audi rejoined with a nine second gap over the #9 Peugeot.

17h50m Wurz hurtles through the Porsche Curves and we wait to see if he comes in at the end of the lap ...

17h50m Yes, the Austrian is in this time. Wurz hits his marks and stays in the car.

17h51m The #2 and the #9 are coming round the final chicane and both pass the #7 as Wurz gets going.

17h51m Benoit Treluyer retakes the lead for Audi and the chase continues for the two Peugeot drivers.

17h53m Car #8 has been given a one minute stop/go penalty.

17h55m Treluyer leads by 10 seconds over the #9 Peugeot with the #7 car now 23 seconds behind the leader.

17h56m The #16 Pescarolo has been wheeled into the garage. Christophe Tinseau is fifth and that car holds a three lap lead over the sixth placed Oreca Matmut #10 machine.

17h57m The #8 car has been given the one minute penalty because of a pitlane infringement.

17h58m Sarrazin answers the call and brings the #8 in to serve that penalty.

17h59m The top three race on, now covered by 23 seconds.

17h59m The 60 seconds is up and Sarrazin rolls down the pitlane and back onto the racetrack.

18h02m The #16 Pescarolo remains in the garage under repair and the #10 Team Oreca Matmut entry is catching up quickly. It will soon take over fifth place.

18h02m The repair is complete and the mechanics are quickly rushing to get #16 back out onto the circuit.

18h03m Christophe Tinseau rolls down the pitlane and he joins the racetrack.

18h04m Position change and the #10 has taken over fifth place.

18h06m Up front, Benoit Treluyer is now leading by 15 seconds in the #2 Audi, ahead of the #9 Peugeot, driven by Simon Pagenaud. Alex Wurz is third, 27 seconds back. All three drivers posted 3m29s on their last lap.

18h07m The #16 Pescarolo Judd spent 10m52s in the pits undergoing that repair, resulting in the loss of fifth place.

18h08m Treluyer has a lucky escape as he laps the BMW M3, having moved one way to pass and the BMW moved the same way to let him through.

18h08m Treluyer did well to avoid any contact and continues to lead by a slender margin.

18h09m The #80 Flying Lizard Porsche is back underway after a 13-minute stop in the pits.

18h12m Alex Wurz is slowly beginning to lose ground to the two leaders. He posts 3m31s on his last lap around, while Treluyer and Pagenaud both record 3m28s.

18h14m Wurz continues to lose ground in the #7 Peugeot. He falls to 36.5 seconds behind the leading #2 Audi, while second placed Peugeot #9 driven by Simon Pagenaud is 17 seconds down.

18h19m If you'd said before the start of the race that the top three would be covered by just 36 seconds after 18 hours, you would be laughed out of town, but that is exactly what we have as this amazing race continues.

The action has actually calmed down a little when compared with the last few hours, when we had the top three cars nose-to-tail.

18h19m Pitstop time and the lead is in for service and Benoit Treluyer gets service for the #2 Audi.

18h20m Treluyer rolls back out onto the track and Simon Pagenaud takes over the lead in the #9 Peugeot.

18h21m The #9 crew is ready to receive the new leader as Pagenaud rounds Arnage and heads for home.

18h23m Pagenaud stays out and takes the #9 onto another lap of La Sarthe.

18h23m He leads by 19 seconds over the #7 sister car with Alex Wurz at the wheel.

18h25m The #55 BMW M3 has been wheeled into the garage. That car is third in GTE Pro.

18h26m Simon Pagenaud flicks right and brings the leading Peugeot into the pits for service.

18h27m The #7 sister car flashes past and into the lead of the race, with the #2 Audi up to second, as Pagenaud is dropped down and rolls out of the pitlane.

18h28m So Alex Wurz takes over the lead momentarily with a stop due relatively soon, as the #8 Peugeot pits from fourth with Stephane Sarrazin at the wheel.

18h29m In LMP2, the #41 Greaves Motorsport Zytek continues to lead handsomely over the #26 Sigmatech machine. The gap between them is three laps and they run in ninth and 10th overall.

18h31m Loic Duval has also been in for a stop in the #10 Oreca Peugeot. The Pescarolo may have passed it to retake fifth, as a battle to the end shapes up between the two.

18h32m Wurz leads by 14 seconds but Treluyer is already hauling in the #7 Peugeot - and that's before the leader even stops.

18h36m Wurz is in an out of the pits. He took on fuel but not tyres this time and remains in the car for another stint.

18h36m Benoit Treluyer retakes the lead for Audi in the #2 car.

18h38m AF Corse continues to lead GTE Pro with its #51 Ferrari. Gianmaria Bruni is now behind the wheel and holds a one lap lead over the #73 Corvette. Tommy Milner produced a very good stint in the middle of the night and he is back in for another go.

18h39m The #56 BMW M3 is third in that class, but Andy Priaulx is two laps down on Milner.

18h41m Patrick Bornhauser brings the leading #50 Larbre Competition car into the pits for routine service. He had a two lap lead of Jean-Phillippe Belloc in the #70 Porsche.

18h43m The gaps at the front continue to spread out as Treluyer begins to tighten his grip on this phase of the race. He leads in the #2 Audi by 30 seconds over Simon Pagenaud's #9 Peugeot, with Alex Wurz consistently falling back and 45 seconds behind the leader.

18h45m Alex Wurz has missed the apex at Indianapolis and gone straight on, lightly touching the tyres.

18h45m A tractor unit is on the scene very quickly and dragging the #7 Peugeot backwards through the gravel trap.

18h46m Wurz gets going again but there is visible damage to the right front corner of the car.

18h47m The bodywork disintegrates and actually helps his cause by coming off rather than potentially cutting his right front tyre.

18h48m Wurz goes one lap down as he heads for the pitlane.

18h49m Wurz stops at the pitbox and the mechanics begin to inspect the damage. They hastily push the #7 into the garage.

18h50m The bodywork is taken off and the mechanics go to work on Wurz's car.

18h50m Wurz himself has climbed out of the car and was due to hand over to Anthony Davidson very soon anyway.

18h51m Meantime, Treluyer has the gap to Pagenaud in the #9 Peugeot up to 31 seconds.

18h51m Feverish work continues and the mechanics are working on the front suspenion of the #7 car.

18h52m Stephane Sarrazin has already crossed the line to take over third position in the #8 Peugeot, but he remains one lap down to the two leaders.

18h54m The #7 drops to fourth in the standings but the next car is nine laps back, giving the crew a buffer of around 27 minutes before they come under threat for any further loss of position.

18h55m So it's a two horse race now and Benoit Treluyer leads in the #2 Audi by 32 seconds over Peugeot #9.

18h59m The leader pits and Benoit Treluyer has the #2 on pit road.

18h59m Meantime, the #7 is repaired and rolls back into the action, but way down on the leaders now.

19h00m The #7 Peugeot spent 10 minutes in the pits and Anthony Davidson has taken over.

19h02m Pagenaud takes over the lead of the race in the #9 Peugeot as the #2 Audi gets up to speed following that stop.

19h03m Treluyer stayed on board the #2 Audi and will continue for yet another stint.

19h05m Tommy Milner pits the second placed #73 Corvette in GTE Pro. The lead car #51 had stopped a lap or two ago, with Gianmaria Bruni handing over to fellow Italian Giancarlo Fisichella.

19h07m Loic Duval brings the fifth placed Team Oreca Matmut Peugeot into pitlane with a puncture. This is likely to hand Julien Jousse and the #16 Pescarolo fifth place back for the time being.

19h09m The #10 Oreca Peugeot is back underway on fresh rubber but is now clocked 50s down on the #16 in that scrap for best-of-the-rest honours.

19h10m Race leader #9 is in the pits for full service - handing over to Bourdais.

19h11m Benoit Treluyer takes a huge amount of kerb through the Ford chicane as he bounces his way back into the lead in Audi #2.

19h11m It may look bright at the moment with nice sunny spells, but the local radar is showing us light rain showers and drizzle to the west, and advancing towards Le Mans swiftly.

19h12m #8 Peugeot is the next in the pitlane, with Montagny taking over at the controls.

19h13m Wurz is not happy with his earlier off in the #7: "Smashed car into wall, lost 4 laps, not happy. Grrr. My 1st driver mistake since 2008. Sucks big time. Officially monster grumpy now. Grrr"

19h14m Treluyer heads off into his 277th tour, clocked 57s ahead of the #9 Peugeot.

19h16m We expect light rain and drizzle to arrive in the next hour. It has already reached Laval to the west and could turn the race on its head.

19h18m Looking out of the press room window, we can also see some darker clouds moving in, so teams will be keeping a close eye on the weather now.

19h21m #77, third in GTE Pro and the best of the Porsches, is in for a stop with Richard Lietz taking over at the wheel.

19h22m The troubled #58 Luxury Racing Ferrari is slow on the circuit once again with a left rear puncture.

19h23m The #66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari has pulled to a halt at the Ford Chicane.

19h25m #66 has found a small amount drive and Xavier Maassen is trying to make it back down the pitlane.

19h26m The #49 Oak Pescarolo was reported slow on the circuit but has made it into the pits. The team go to work on the pink-liveried machine.

19h27m Xavier Maassen seems to have found just enough fuel to make it into the pits and he now gets a welcome push from his #66 mechanics.

19h29m Meanwhile up front, Treluyer is shown one minute ahead of Bourdais in the #9 Peugeot as the sole remaining Audi slowly builds an advantage.

19h31m However, full service is due shortly on the #2 Audi, which will likely put it behind the Peugeot before the latter's next stop.

19h31m Ferrari #66 is back underway with a splutter after getting some much-needed fuel in the tank of the 458.

19h33m The Oreca #10 has switched back ahead of the #16 during the latest round of stops but that battle is still on, with 35s between them.

19h36m Attrition has really set in down in GTE Am with just four cars still circulating in the category.

19h37m Long-time leader, the #50 Larbre Corvette, is still in control with Bornhauser at the wheel. The #70 Porsche is running second, a lap behind

19h38m Audi are out in the pitlane to receive #2. Fuel, tyres and a driver change is the expected call.

19h38m Treluyer remains seated and is going for a fuel only stop.

19h39m #2 Audi resumes but there is a cheer from the crowd as he emerges just behind local hero Bourdais in the #9 Peugeot.

19h41m Skies continue to darken beyond the pits in the direction of the airport and teams will be watching the radar very closely now.

19h42m The delayed #7 Peugeot is in for a fill of fuel. Davidson is quickly serviced and heads off to try and recover ground lost with Wurz's crash

19h43m Treluyer is clocked 3.2s behind Bourdais on well-worn rubber but will take over again at the front once the Frenchman makes his next stop.

19h44m Audi is clearly rolling the dice here, trying to extend its advantage before the full-service stop.

19h45m The #76 IMSA Porsche has gone off at the Dunlop chicane immediately after heading out of the pits.

19h48m Car #35, the LMP2 Oak Pescarolo, is touring slowly on track with a problem - looks like a puncture. Patrice Lafargue is driving.

19h50m Another sharp intake of breath in the press room as Treluyer slices through the traffic past the #40.

19h51m Weather deteriorating rapidly now at the circuit as fully overcast conditions set in above the pits.

19h52m No sign of rain yet, but there's still four hours for one of the approaching showers to get involved with this battle to the flag.

19h53m The #9 leading Peugeot is in for routine refuelling.

19h54m That puts Benoit Treluyer in Audi #2 back into the lead once again. He's currently chasing the lapped Davidson in #7.

19h55m Some of the fans in the stands opposite are looking for their rain coats!

19h55m Nothing more than drizzle at this stage as weather approaches the circuit from behind the main grandstand.

19h58m Side by side between Peugeot and Audi as Treluyer tries to make it past the delayed #7. He can't make it stick for the moment.

19h59m Treluyer has a 58.7s advantage over the #9 but is not making ground on this epic fifth stint as he struggles to pass Davidson's #7.

20h00m Still nothing more than drizzle from the skies and no impact on grip levels just yet.

20h00m Four hours remain in the 79th Le Mans 24 hours.

20h02m Davidson continues to hold back the leader Treluyer down the Mulsanne once again.

20h04m Treluyer has fallen back slightly from the lapped #7 Peugeot but there is only around a second between them as they flash across the line.

20h05m Treluyer tries a move at the first chicane but finds Davidson closing the door once again.

20h05m Scenes of frustration in the Audi garage, but the #2 is still pulling a gap on the #9 of Bourdais. He's now 1m3s behind the leader.

20h07m A spate of stops at the tail of the LMP1 pack, with #16, #12 and #22 all in for service at the same time.

20h08m The team manager of Audi #2 is being summoned to see the stewards.

20h09m Treluyer has been taking some risks with the run-off approaching the Ford Chicane, but it is unclear what the #2 has done to upset officials

20h10m Meanwhie, the rain is picking up intensity on the pit straight.

20h11m Engineers are looking to the skies up and down the pitlane as rain continues to fall.

20h12m Umbrellas are up as the crowd builds in the grandstands opposite the pits.

20h12m The track remains drivable on slick rubber for now but wet tyres may become a consideration in a few minutes if this keeps up.

20h13m Treluyer's lead is up to 1m7s ahead of his next stop.

20h15m Treluyer should be handing over the lead car when he visits the pits shortly, ending an epic five-stint run on a set of Michelins.

20h17m The Audi leads by 1m12s as it laps considerably quicker than Bourdais in the #9 Peugeot at this stage.

20h17m Tyres are being readied in the Audi garage.

20h18m Treluyer pits to wrap up a very impressive run in Audi #2.

20h18m Lotterer clambers aboard #2 and the tyres are changed.

20h19m #9 flashes by and is the new leader as #2 takes off from the pits in chase.

20h20m Audi #2 is clocked 9.34 seconds behind the #9 Peugeot.

20h21m Light rain continues to fall on the pit straight but it is still pretty dry down on the asphalt.

20h22m Peugeot are in the pitlane to service car #7.

20h23m The demand for #2's representative to attend the stewards' room has finally been removed from the screens, but no news yet on any sanction.

20h25m The delayed Peugeot #7 is in for a routine tank of fuel and Davidson quickly resumes. That car is three laps down after Wurz's earlier off.

20h26m The rain has eased in recent minutes, at least here on the pit straight but it does still look very gray beyond the main grandstand.

20h28m Little change down in the classes, with the #41 still holding a four-lap advantage over the recently-pitted #26 in LMP2.

20h29m Toni Vilander continues on top of GTE Pro in the AF Corse Ferrari, chased about 90s behind by the remaining works Corvette, #73.

20h31m The to and fro continues between the #10 grandfathered Oreca diesel and Pescarolo's petrol #16, which is now shown back in fifth overall.

20h32m Lotterer is getting into his stride on fresh rubber and is now clocked just 2 seconds behind the leading #9 Peugeot.

20h33m Heading for the 300 lap barrier as the leader Bourdais ticks over into lap 299 with Audi #2 right on his gearbox.

20h34m Press room filling up now after thinning out considerably overnight, increasing the volume of the reaction to dramatic moments on the TV.

20h36m The #2 continues to chase leader #9, but the Peugeot will need a stop in the next few laps.

20h37m Indeed, Bourdais stops now and Audi #2 whistles past into the lead.

20h38m Fuel only for Bourdais in the #9, not taking the intermediate tyres that the team had on standby.

20h38m Still drizzling here, with plenty more showers around the circuit on the latest radar images.

20h39m Montagny is the next man in for routine refuelling in the #8 Peugeot.

20h41m Wet tyres continue to be readied up and down the pitlane as teams monitor the skies for further signs of rain.

20h42m Lotterer's lead is clocked at 1m7s over Bourdais, with Audi's driver change stop now out of the way.

20h43m The #50 GTE Am-leading Corvette is in for another stop.

20h45m The #10 Oreca diesel has been rapidly closing its #16 rival and Duval looks likely to take track position from Collard pretty soon.

20h46m Meanwhile, #2 continues to slowly build its advantage and is clocked 1m12s ahead of Peugeot #9 - comfortably enough to pit and remain ahead.

20h47m Pescarolo #16 bails out of that battle with the #10 and pits for a tank of petrol.

20h49m No sign of the continuing drizzle impacting speed for the moment as Lotterer clocks a rapid 3m26s lap to pull 1m16s clear of the #9 Peugeot.

20h51m Lotterer has now caught Peugeot #8 and once again finds no easy route around his lapped rivals.

20h53m Lotterer almost runs into the rear of the #8 at the second chicane as #2 finally makes his way by with a stern move at Mulsanne corner.

20h54m The Audi team are getting ready to refuel the leader.

20h57m Toni Vilander has pitted in the GTE Pro AF Corse Ferrari and has another troubled stop of 1m7s. Antonio Garcia takes over the class lead.

20h58m Audi #2 is in the pitlane.

20h59m Meanwhile, the #26 LMP2 Signatech Nissan, backed by the GT Academy, is reported slow on the circuit. Franck Mailleaux is at the wheel.

21h01m Lotterer is well into his outlap now and clocked 17s ahead of the #9 Peugeot.

21h02m Cameras pick up the #26 Signatech Nissan crawling back to the pits with a puncture at the rear.

21h05m The #26 Signatech Nissan has pulled off at the side of the road on the down towards Indianapolis.

21h07m Joao Barbosa in the Level 5 #33 is now closing on the stranded #26 to take over second place in LMP2.

21h08m Franck Mailleaux is talking to the team on the radio, with his rear puncture seemingly causing some damage to systems on the car.

21h08m #26 is back underway to resume a slow tour back to the pits.

21h12m The lead is up to 28s for Andre Lotterer as light rain begins to fall again in the pits.

21h13m Mailleux brings the #26 Signatech Nissan into the pits, where it will need a lengthy spell for repairs

21h14m Umbrellas going up in the grandstands, as rain begins to spit more heavily. Bourdais in the #9 Peugeot unable to match the pace of the #2 Audi out front

21h15m Twin LMP2 pit stop as #49 OAK Pescarolo and #36 RML HPD come in from 4th and 5th in class

21h16m Teams readying intermediates now as the rain continues. As long as track temperature holds it should remain slicks however

21h17m Signatech Nissan get the #26 back out in second, as the lead LMP2 #41 Zytek-Nissan pits

21h19m Bourdais pits from second in the #9 Peugeot. Full change - tyres, fuel and driver, as Pagenaud takes over

21h20m Drama. A big off for the #10 ORECA Peugeot, as the #22 Kronos Lola spins. Body work panels flying off

21h21m Intermediates for the #8 Peugeot, which peels into the pits from third place

21h21m Peugeot rolling the dice with a set of intermediates here, but they have more luxury to gamble than Audi, who have just one car remaining

21h22m LMP2 leader, #41 Zytek-Nissan, beached in the gravel at the Esses. Rain starting to play havoc here

21h23m Circuit is still completely dry down the pit straight, but the rain is continuing and conditions are extremely tricky

21h25m #41 Zytek Nissan returns to the track, and manages to keep its LMP2 lead. #10 ORECA Lola going on to intermediates now

21h25m Muller pits in the #55 BMW, currently 5th in the GTE Pro class

21h25m Just been out in the paddock and the rain is getting pretty significant.

21h26m Nothing like enough for spray from the cars, but the surface is getting damp.

21h26m This is the first time this weekend the cars will have driven under rain - could be a crucial period

21h27m #10 Matmut Peugeot back out, but it drops to 6th in LMP2 behind the petrol #16 Pescarolo

21h27m It really is too dry for a full wet tyre a this stage, so those pitting for intermediates are getting probably the best rubber option now.

21h28m Emmanuel Collard pits in the #16 Pescarolo now, currently petrol class LMP1 leader

21h29m Tom Kimber-Smith pits following that off in the lead #41 Zytek-Nissan, and its a lengthy stop for the team

21h29m Leader Lotterer has dropped his pace from earlier blistering 3m26s tours to a latest 3m52s on the damp circuit.

21h31m Davidson is more confident in his Peugeot at this stage and is now catching the leader #2.

21h32m Davidson is all over the back of the Audi and Lotterer will surely let the #7 unlap himself in these tricky conditions.

21h32m Rain is still falling and those on slicks must be getting a bit worried about the grip levels.

21h32m Problems for Sugden in the #66 JMW Ferrari, which stalls on the pit lane exit and has to be pushed back to his garage

21h33m Davidson dives to the inside at the second chicane, making it past, but Lotterer can't slow his Audi enough and bounces over the run-off.

21h33m Muller pits from third in the #56 BMW M3 GT, currently several laps down on the leaders

21h34m These leaders must surely be pondering a move to wet-weather rubber very soon with conditions getting worse by the minute.

21h35m Bergmeister in the #80 Flying Lizard Porsche dives into the pits, and it looks like a change to intermediates

21h35m The leader almost silently flashes past the pits as it continues to get slippery all around the circuit.

21h36m In LMP2, Kimber-Smith in the #41 Zytek-Nissan still has a commanding lead of more than ten laps over the #26 Signatech Nissan

21h37m More problems for Muller and the #55 BMW M3, which is parked out on track on a run-off road. The team knew there was a problem apparently

21h38m Minassian is the slowest of the leading cars at the moment in the #8 car, perhaps having burned up the best of the intermediates on that car

21h38m Audi are clearly still confident in the use of slicks as they ready another set for the #2.

21h38m At the front of that GTE Pro class, Vilander in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari leads Milner in the #73 Corvette by just 24s

21h39m Milner is reeling Vilander in as well, at quite a rapid rate...

21h39m Henzler pits from fourth in the #77 GTE Porsche 911

21h39m #2 is in the pitlane for fuel and an inspection of the car. He's down and away on the same set of slicks.

21h41m The chasing Peugeot, #9 comes over the line 1m6s down on the recently-pitted Audi, which holds the advantage at this stage.

21h42m Confirmation that Muller stopped the #55 BMW at Arnage. A long way back for the team - and the car doesn't look able to make it unassisted

21h42m It's still raining but the drivers are coping well with the changing conditions for the moment.

21h43m Lotterer is now weaving on the straights to try and build heat in his tyres, which have cooled while sat in the pits.

21h43m Pilet peels into the pits from fifth in the #76 Matmut Porsche

21h44m GTE Pro class lead down to 12s now, as Milner in the #73 Corvette continues to eat away at Vilander's lead in the #51 Ferrari

21h46m That will close things up - Vilander runs very wide in the #51 Ferrari, and the gap is just 7s this time around

21h48m Tom Kimber-Smith having a look at the lead #2 Audi now - Lotterer having to be very careful due to the tricky conditions

21h48m Peugeot are readying themselves for a stop and must surely be considering some cut rubber as rain falls ever more intensely.

21h49m Rain falling sideways now we can see from the press room window. Time for some big calls from the pitwall.

21h50m #26 Signatech Nissan off, ironically at the Playstation chicane. He keeps it on the gravel though and resumes

21h50m It's all over for the #16 Pescarolo after that heavy off in the Porsche Curves.

21h51m #7 is in for a driver change. It looks like they will gamble on slick rubber as Gene climbs aboard.

21h51m Vilander pits in the #51 Ferrari, having just lost the lead to Milner in the #73 Corvette

21h51m Replays show Davidson bounced over the gravel on a wild entry to the pitlane.

21h52m The #49 OAK Pescarolo pits from fourth in LMP2

21h53m Marshals are still recovering the crashed #16 but at least Emmanuel Collard appears to have escaped serious injury in that big off.

21h54m Following that spin, Mailleux pits from second in the #26 Signatech Nissan

21h54m Laptimes up front have tailed off into the 4m bracket as everyone struggles for grip in the continuing rain shower.

21h54m Barbosa in the third-placed #33 Lola can't take advantage however, as he pits as well

21h55m Pagenaud seems much more confident in these greasy conditions and is now clocked just 32s behind the leader.

21h55m The rain does appear to have eased off in the last couple of minutes.

21h56m This shower does appear to be passing and those on wet rubber may begin to have problems with the tyres burning up.

21h57m Mailleux back out in the #26 Signatech Nissan, while Bouchut takes control of the #33 Lola, one lap down in third

21h57m Pagenaud in #9 is still chopping into the lead gap and is now just 24 seconds behind the #2 Audi.

21h58m Milner continuing to make progress through the field, and his GTE Pro lead is up to 1m34s over Vilander in the #51 Ferrari

21h59m #9 continues a rapid close on the struggling Lotterer with just 20s between the pair at the latest sector split.

22h00m Pagenaud is in the pits for routine refuelling of his #9 car.

22h00m Milner into the pits from the GTE Pro lead in the #73 Corvette

22h02m Milner back out and the #73 retains the GTE Pro lead - Vilander in the #51 Ferrari is 9s down the road

22h02m A bit brighter here on the pit straight and it looks like those gambling with slicks during that shower have got away with it, for now.

22h03m Julien Canal running well in the lead GTE Am #50 Larbre Chevrolet, and he dives into the pits almost a lap clear of the #70 Porsche in 2nd

22h04m Peugeot #8 is in the pits and is planning a change from the intermediates back to slick rubber.

22h05m The #8's intermediates are totally burned out and are well beyond their life after running on the ever-drying circuit.

22h08m Milner stretching the #73 Corvette's lead again, with the gap back up to 16s over Vilander in the #51 Ferrari

22h09m 1m21s is the measure on the lead gap from #2 to #9 as the Peugeot gets back up to speed after that recent stop.

22h11m Lotterer's pace is improving but he's coming up against the familiar obstacle of a lapped Peugeot.

22h12m While it is still a bit brighter in the pits, there is still some drizzle falling from the sky.

22h13m The ever-present #41 continues to hold a solid lead in LMP2 after the early morning demise of the overnight leader #49.

22h15m Lotterer is all over the back of the #7 Peugeot but once again the French team's drivers are not making it easy for the leading #2.

22h16m The battle rages on and it comes to blows on the Mulsanne as Peugeot deploys some very questionable tactics against its rivals.

22h18m Lotterer is through but it is not clear if there is any damage to the #2 after he was clipped by the unsavory driving from Gene in the #7.

22h20m #2 seems to be running at full speed and is clocked 1m16s ahead of #9 after surviving that incredible swipe from Gene down the Mulsanne.

22h23m Still a bit of drizzle around but looking brighter around the circuit now.

22h25m Another stop for the LMP2-leading Zytek #41, which is back underway driven by Olivier Lombard.

22h26m The leader #2 is in for fuel, with Audi checking for damage after that unnecessary contact with the #7 Peugeot.

22h26m The #2 is down and away in 52 seconds, heading back out into the lead.

22h27m The gap is clocked at 18.1s as Peugeot #9 flashes past the pits.

22h30m In GTE Pro, the #73 factory Corvette still holds the lead over the #51 Ferrari. The latter has been struggling to get away from the pits.

22h30m There is about two minutes gap in that GTE Pro battle, with the Ferrari just getting up to speed after a recent stop.

22h31m Lotterer leads by 15.2s ahead of the next stop for the #9 Peugeot.

22h32m Just under 90 minutes remaining now at Le Mans - the normal length of a Formula 1 race.

22h34m Audi #2 pulls another three tenths of a second ahead of #9 as the Peugeot crew get ready to service the controversial #7 car.

22h34m Despite the drizzle, a big crowd is building opposite the pits in anticipation of a grandstand finish to an already dramatic race.

22h36m Gene is in for fuel and is away again in the #7 Peugeot.

22h38m The #83 Ferrari is shown as slow on the circuit.

22h40m Audi #2 leads by 19 seconds from Peugeot #9 ahead of an imminent stop for the latter.

22h43m The #26 Signatech Nissan hasn't had a great morning and is now being wheeled back into the garage for more attention.

22h43m Chasing Peugeot #9 enters the pitlane for a tank of diesel.

22h44m Pagenaud remains onboard the #9 and heads off in pursuit of the leading #2 Audi.

22h46m GTE Am #83 Ferrari is the next visitor to its garage. The #83 Ford is chasing down that car in a fight over the final podium place.

22h47m The #26 is back underway after 4m35s of repairs in the Signatech Nissan garage.

22h48m Another Peugeot in the pitlane and this time it is third-placed #8, with fuel only being the call for Minassian.

22h49m Meanwhile the rain is back on the pit straight, although it is still not that heavy.

22h51m The #10 Oreca Peugeot is in for a tank of fuel. That car runs fifth overall but with little challenge since the demise of the #16 Pescarolo.

22h51m The #10 is fueled but then turned back into the garage, perhaps for some opportunistic repairs.

22h52m Some tape is being applied to the rear bodywork of #10, which was replaced after it was shed in that earlier off at Indianapolis.

22h55m Problems continue for the #83 JMB Ferrari and it remains in the garage. The #68 Robertson Racing Ford GT is about to take position.

22h56m GTE Pro leader #73 is in the pits for routine work. It thunders off to resume the race.

22h57m #68 Ford GT enters the pits just as the JMB Ferrari gets going again. That's a tight scrap for the final GTE Am podium place.

22h58m The #35 OAK Racing Pescarolo has smoked its way into the pits with some serious problems at the rear. The car is garaged for attention.

22h59m One hour remains in a spectacular 79th Le Mans 24 Hours.

23h02m Pagenaud still pushing hard in the #9 Peugeot, and the gap is 1m21s to the #2 Audi. Both cars still to pit at least once more

23h03m Bouchut pits from third in the #33 Lola-HPD

23h03m Antonio Garcia will take control of the #73 Corvette for the final hour. Fisichella is in the #51 Ferrari in second

23h04m Audi pit crew out, and Lotterer will be stopping from the lead a few laps too early to make this its last stop.

23h05m Leader into the pits. Routine stop for the #2 Audi crew and they're out cleanly. They'll need a last splash and dash to make it to the flag

23h07m The lead is down to just 22s now, but both crews still need to stop. Straight shoot-out between the #2 Audi and #9 Peugeot

23h08m Lombard pits from the LMP2 lead in the #41 Zytek-Nissan

23h10m The LMP2-leading #41 Greaves Motorsport Zytec has just been in for a stop and what is likely to be fuel to the flag.

23h12m Weather-wise, the drizzle has eased off once again and it is looking brighter overhead for the final 48 minutes of racing.

23h13m Audi #2 flashes past with a lead of 25 seconds over Peugeot #9. Lotterer in the Audi has picked up his pace again, lapping in 3m28s.

23h19m Peugeot are in the pitlane to give the #7 car a tank of diesel. Gene is back underway with under 40 minutes still to race.

23h21m The #2 Audi crew are getting ready for another fuel stop for the leader.

23h23m #2 is in the pits now and the Audi squad go to work for what should be the final stop of the race.

23h23m #9 reacts and is in for its tank of diesel to make the flag.

23h24m Audi make a gamble on a tyre change and #2 just makes it out of the pits ahead of #9.

23h25m They race out onto the Mulsanne with the gap clocked initially at just 7 seconds.

23h26m Lotterer cuts past a Ferrari and the gap to Pagenaud is 6.790s for the sprint to the flag.

23h29m On to the Mulsanne again and Audi #2 is clocked 8 seconds ahead of Peugeot #9. The leader does have a slight advantage of fresh tyres.

23h30m Just 30 minutes remain in a fascinating Le Mans 24 Hours.

23h30m The #10 is in to deal with flappy rear bodywork once again.

23h32m Race control announces that there will be a full cool-down lap after the flag due to the close finish. Cars are often stopped straight away.

23h33m Andre Lotterer is the man to beat now as he clocks a 3m28s tour to pull 10.3 seconds clear of chasing Peugeot #9.

23h35m Tension building here in the press room as everyone looks up at the screens each time the French PA commentary team whips up the crowd.

23h35m Just when it couldn't be more dramatic, the drizzle has returned on the pit straight.

23h37m Not that much moisture at the moment and the cars just about managed to stay on the track earlier when it was damp while on slicks.

23h38m The #68 Ford GT is in for final service with Andrea Robertson taking over the car, which is on for third place in GTE Am.

23h40m Lotterer is clocked 13.3 seconds ahead of Pagenaud with just 20 minutes to the flag.

23h42m No sign yet of a late battle for GTE Pro honours with the #51 AF Corse Ferrari some two minutes behind the #73 Corvette.

23h44m Antonio Garcia is in fact up to 11th overall in the GTE-leading #73 Corvette.

23h46m The clock ticks down to 15 minutes remaining as Pagenaud closes slightly to 12 seconds behind Lotterer.

23h47m The grandstand is packed opposite the pits as the crowd enjoys a tense conclusion to 24 hours of racing.

23h49m Lotterer is on to his 352nd lap as light drizzle continues to fall on the circuit.

23h51m Under 10 minutes on the clock now with the lead gap timed at 16.3 seconds between Audi #2 and Peugeot #9.

23h53m The #2 has stopped 31 times, generally running a lap shorter on its fuel than the Peugeots. #9 has been in for 28 visits to the box.

23h54m Lotterer has been in the #2 for well over three hours but is now just over five minutes away from taking Audi to victory at Le Mans.

23h56m The pink-liveried #49 passes the pits in a cloud of smoke. Looks like an engine problem for that Oak racing car.

23h56m It has been a tough race for Team Joest, with the #3 and #1 Audis going out in huge accidents after tangles with GTE cars.

23h58m The smoke from the #49 looks to be more like a suspension problem as Nakano is trailing back with smoke from the car.

23h59m The sole-remaining #2 Audi has battled Peugeot strongly throughout the night and Lotterer sets off into the final lap.

23h59m It's a full-speed final tour as the clock ticks down to the completion of 24 hours.

24h00m The time is up but we are racing around the final lap in an incredibly tense finish at Le Mans.

Sun 13:01 Lotterer steams down the Mulsanne for the final time and is on course for another Audi victory.

Sun 13:02 Through Indianapolis and then Arnage, the #2 Audi sets a course for home and a remarkable win.

Sun 13:02 Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer win at Le Mans for Audi!

Sun 13:03 Peugeot #9 takes a hard-fought second place, followed home by the penalised #8 and delayed #7 machines.

Sun 13:04 The #41 Zytek driven by Karim Ojjeh, Olivier Lombard and Tom Kimber-Smith win LMP2.

Sun 13:05 It's another success in the revised GTE classes fro Corvette as the #73 wins Pro with Olivier Beretta, Tommy Milner and Antonio Garcia.

Sun 13:07 Corvette also takes the spoils in GTE Am, with the #50 of Patrick Bornhauser, Julien Canal and Gabriele Gardel taking the win.

Sun 13:07 There is delight in the Audi garage as the team celebrates a fine victory for the #2 R18 TDI.

Sun 13:08 The cars are slowly touring around the traditional cooling-off lap.

Sun 13:09 Lotterer has the door of his closed-cockpit Audi wide open as he salutes the plaudits from the fans and marshals.

Sun 13:10 Treluyer and Fassler, who both put in impressive stints to cement the winning advantage, are getting ready to celebrate the victory.

Sun 13:12 As the teams gather for the podium celebrations, we're off to hear from the winning drivers.

Sun 13:13 Stick with AUTOSPORT for all the reaction to a brilliant 24 hours of racing here at Le Mans.

Sun 13:13 We'll be back a little later this afternoon with complete live coverage of the Canadian Grand Prix.

Sun 13:14 Thanks for joining us for this marathon coverage from Le Mans.

 Class winners  
1 LMP1
Audi R18 TDI
Timo Bernhard
Romain Dumas
Mike Rockenfeller
2 LMP1
Audi R18 TDI
Marcel Fassler
Andre Lotterer
Benoit Treluyer
3 LMP1
Audi R18 TDI
Tom Kristensen
Rinaldo Capello
Allan McNish
5 LMP1
Oreca 01-Swiss
Steve Zacchia
Jan Lammers
Casper Elgaard
Overcast High Temp: 17°C / 63°F
Track: Damp