A battle royale is raging in France as the rain starts to fall again. Marc Lieb has just pitted in the number 22 Manthey Porsche 991 and lost the lead to dazzling Darren Turner in works Aston number 97.
Aston are bringing even more passion to Le Sarthe than they showed in Germany at the Nurburgring 24. That event was electric, largely thanks to Allan Simonsen’s early moves on the lead Audi. Simmo was back in the car at yesterday’s start, but had a huge crash at Tertre Rouge yesterday, which proved to be fatal. Encouraged by Allan’s parents, Aston stayed racing and it’s now full-on between Gaydon and Stuttgart for the GTE Pro win.
Lieb’s Manthey 991 RSR had held a six-second gap over Turner from the lead until the most recent set of pit stops. Dazzling Dazza pitted for fuel but no tyres, while Lieb pitted for a full service and driver change. Richard Lietz is now in the car, 17 seconds back from the Aston. His last lap was six-thousandths of a second faster than the Aston, but there’s plenty of traffic out there.
In GTE Am, the 76 IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche holds a steady lead over the AF Corse Ferrari 458. The Dempsey Del Piero car runs fourth in class, with Wolf Henzler in the second IMSA car down in sixth.
We’ve still got three hours to go, so it’s not all over yet!