24h Le Mans 2022 live: Slight advantage for Toyota #8 at night

24h Le Mans 2022 live: Slight advantage for Toyota #8 at night
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5:05 a.m

Local yellow phase in the Porsche corners

In the area of ​​the Porsche curves there is a slow zone, i.e. a local yellow phase. The reason is not a crash, but small parts lying on the track. The reason for this was a puncture on the Ultimate Oreca #35 (J.-B. Lahaye/M. Lahaye/Heriau) from the LMP2 class.

5:01 a.m

Hirakawa withstands Kobayashi pressure

So far, Ryo Hirakawa has withstood the pressure from Kamui Kobayashi well. Since the pit stop, which is now a few laps ago, the gap hasn’t shrunk as much as before. The two Japanese are currently almost the same speed and separated by four seconds.

4:33 a.m

Lead shrinks to under 10 seconds

In the course of the 17th pit stop, the gap between the two Toyotas has now even become single digits again. For one, Kobayashi continues to be faster on track than leader Hirakawa. On the other hand, Hirakawa had to pull back briefly during the pit stop because the WeatherTech Porsche from the GTE-Am class had parked right in front of him. The reset took a few seconds.

4:23 a.m

Another new GTE-Am leader

While the lead of the #8 Toyota still holds in the Hypercar class and thus in the classification of the race, there is already a new leader in the GTE-Am class. It’s the #99 Hardpoint Porsche (Haryanto/Picariello/Rump) with Martin Rump at the wheel just taking the lead from the #79 WeatherTech Porsche (MacNeil/Andlauer/Merrill). The TF Aston Martin #33 (Keating/Chaves/Sörensen) has already made his 13th pit stop and is currently third.

4:15 a.m

Kobayashi is steaming up

A quarter of an hour ago, the gap between the two Toyotas was less than 20 seconds for the first time in hours. And now it’s less than 15 seconds.

Kamui Kobayashi in the #7 Toyota is currently making a lot of progress. The Japanese is now the Toyota team boss. Will compatriot and leader Ryo Hirakawa in the #8 Toyota be able to withstand the pressure from Kobayashi?

4:07 a.m

Wheel loss on the Ligier

The only Ligier in the field is currently on the road as a tricycle. The number 27 (Cresp/Jensen/Palette) LMP2 car registered by CD Sport under Spanish license may have a defective wheel hub. In any case, the left front wheel came loose while driving and got stuck in the gravel bed. The tricycle is driven back to the pits by Steven Palette.

04:00 a.m

Intermediate status after 12 of 24 hours

Half of the 90th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been completed. Here is an overview of the current top 3 in all classes:

Toyota #8 (Buemi/Hartley/Hirakawa)
Toyota #7 (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez)
Glickenhaus #709 (Briscoe/Westbrook/Mailleux)

Jota-Oreca #38 (Gonzalez/Felix Da Costa/Stevens)
Prema-Oreca #9 (Kubica/Deletraz/Colombo)
WRT-Oreca #31 (Gelael/Frijns/Rast)

Porsche #92 (Christensen/Estre/Vanthoor)
Corvette #64 (Milner/Tandy/Sims)
AF-Corse-Ferrari #51 (Pier Guidi/Calado/Serra)

TF Aston Martin #33 (Keating/Chaves/Sörensen)
WeatherTech Porsche #79 (MacNeil/Andlauer/Merrill)
Hardpoint Porsche #99 (Haryanto/Picariello/Rump)

3:58 a.m

Lead shrinks to under 20 seconds

For the first time in hours, the two leading Toyotas are separated by less than 20 seconds. The #8 Toyota in P1 is currently driven by Ryo Hirakawa, while the #7 Toyota in P2 is driven by Kamui Kobayashi.

3:39 a.m

New GTE-Am leader

In the GTE-Am class, the different rhythms of the pit stops resulted in a change of leadership. The #33 TF Aston-Martin (Keating/Chaves/Sörensen) now leads ahead of the #79 WeatherTech Porsche (MacNeil/Andlauer/Merrill), which held the lead for hours.

Not just these two cars, but the entire top 10 in the class have completed twelve pit stops. The WeatherTech Porsche has only just made this twelfth stop and can therefore drive longer.

For comparison: Toyota’s two hybrid hypercars have both pitted 15 times. In the LMP2 class, the top cars have already completed more than 20 pit stops.

3:19 a.m

Extensive picture gallery from the race

We have already uploaded over 300 photos from the race alone to our sister site Germany. There are some delicacies, not least the sunset that could be admired in Le Mans at 9:58 p.m.: Photo gallery: 24h Le Mans 2022


3:03 a.m

Look at the distances

Just under an hour before half-time of the distance, the GTE-Am class is the one with the smallest gap between the leader and the runner-up. The #79 WeatherTech Porsche (MacNeil/Andlauer/Merrill) continues to lead, 24 seconds ahead of the #33 TF Aston-Martin (Keating/Chaves/Sörensen).

In the other three classes, the lead of the leader is at least 30 seconds, and in the LMP2 and GTE-Pro classes it is even a few minutes. Depending on the rhythm of the pit stops, there are always fluctuations. The GTE-Am class is currently the narrowest at the front.

2:36 a.m

10 facts about the 24h Le Mans 2022

Now that the race has found a good rhythm in the middle of the night, we risk a quick look behind the scenes. In this photo series we have put together ten interesting facts and figures about the field of participants in the 90th edition:

Photo gallery: 24h Le Mans 2022: facts & figures about the field of participants

2:25 a.m

Lead levels off

The two Toyotas leading the race were now routinely in the pits for the 14th time. The lead has been leveling off between 20 and 30 seconds for some time.

Glickenhaus #709 (Briscoe/Westbrook/Mailleux) has been in third place for hours. The gap is two laps.

2:10 a.m

The Alpine almost took off

Huge luck for Matthieu Vaxiviere, who currently drives the #36 Alpine (Negrao/Lapierre/Vaxiviere). He was able to dodge an LMP2 car that had started to skid just as hard as he could the crash barrier!

After the (various) early problems, there is nothing left for Alpine in the fight for overall victory. The gap to the two Toyotas is already nine laps.

02:00 a.m

drove 10 hours

All in all, the 90th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been running relatively smoothly so far. But that can still change, because it’s only halftime in two hours.

1:58 am

Frustration in the Ferrari box

Frustration in the Ferrari warehouse, because one of the 488 GTE Evo is in the pits without a driver. It is the Spirit of Race Ferrari #71 (Dezoteux/Ragues/Aubry) registered in the GTE-Am class. Gabriel Aubry is furious, ripped his helmet and balaclava off his head and disappeared out the back of the pit towards the team transporter. Was it an engine failure?

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