24 Hours of Le Mans: 12 Hour Mark Report
At the half way mark of the 24 Hours of Le Mans the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 499P led the race. The Ferrari led by 3.701 seconds ahead of the No. 08 Toyota Gazoo Racing GR010. Despite an earlier spin, the No. 51 car was able to recover under safety car and full course yellows to retake the lead. In third was the No. 02 Cadillac V-Series.R. The No. 07 Toyota Gazoo was forced to retire from the race which cut the manufacturers chances of a 1-2 finish. Both Toyota’s had been dominant in 2023 but now their chances of winning at Le Mans are down to one car. The No. 75 Porsche Penske had an oil pump failure which also saw the car retire from the race before the 12 hour mark.
In LMP2 there were 4 cars that had retired from the race. Those competitors include the No. 14 Nielsen Racing and No. 13 Tower Motorsports cars. As well as the No. 923 Racing Team Turkey and the No. 63 Prema Racing cars. The No. 30 Duqueine Team MLP2 car led the class at the half way mark. Track debris littered the track just before the 12 hour mark. Tire and track temperatures continued to drog in the night. Multiple drivers had issues with grip in varous parts of the circuit.
In LMGTE AM, 8 cars had retired from the race due to various issues. The No. 56 Project 1 AO Porsche 911 RSR-19 led the class by 8 seconds. 7 cars were on the lead lap. 4 of them were Porsches.