Midnight Porsche Update from Le Mans

It’s just gone midnight UK time, so good to take a breather from the Le Mans coverage and snapshot the Porsche action.

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Sad news from Flying Lizard has just arrived on Twitter. Number 80 RSR has gone off into a tyre wall: Patrick Long was at the wheel. The car is too badly damaged to get back to the pits, so is out.

The number 79 Lizard has just had a driver change: Spencer Pumpelly in the car from Patrick Pilet. The car has been setting fastest times in the class and is current tenth in GTE Am.

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Highest-placed Porsche is the number 77 Felbermayr-Proton RSR (above) of Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz and Wolf Henzler. Currently P28 overall and now back up to fourth in class, the 911 has been holding station there.

We’ve got more than half the race remaining, and lots can happen before the end. As I write, Eurosport shows another retirement in the LMP2 class and the 74 Corvette (which was in front of Wolf in that class) is in the pits with trouble after a puncture.

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Back in GTE-Am, Porsche is leading in the IMSA Matmut RSR (above). Behind the French team lies a charging Corvette and three 458 Italias: the Ferraris are going well.

Falken Porsche man Dumbreck was also going well until a puncture at turn 1 and a long slow drive back to the pits. The car is back out and going hard with Brabs in ninth place overall. Up front we have Audi flying but they have not been trouble free. Romain Dumas – of rear-end shunt at Nurburgring fame – stuck the car in the barriers trying to pass a GT Porsche earlier on.

All good so far: I’m going to hang on as long as possible: sleeping on the sofa. I’m tweeting on our Ferdinand @CultofPorsche feed with some team tweets. Join me there if you’re awake.