As ever at Le Mans, to finish first, first you must finish

Over the past 13 years, +Audi International have become experts at first finishing and then finishing first with 10 overall victories in the previous 12 races (11 if you count the 2003 Bentley) and they are well on track to do it again with less than 90 minutes to go.   Alan McNish just set the fastest lap of the race as he chases down teammate Andre Lotterer for the top spot while Mike Rockenfeller is 4 laps back in the #4 Audi R18 Ultra.

A little earlier McNish had been leading but spun off while passing a slower car and had to limp back to the pits for repairs. He lost two laps in the garage but is now storming back.

One of the Rebellion Racing Lola-Toyotas fell back during the night allowing the fourth Audi up to 5th place. The JRM HPD ARX-03a has moved up to 6th followed by the first of the P2 cars, the Starworks HPD ARX-03b.

In GT, the Corvettes suffered a number of maladies that dropped them back during the night. The #74 Vette that had lead the class earlier in the race, had be almost completely rebuilt after contact with one of the Audis and then a spin into the wall. Even though that car is currently runnign 5th in class, it may not be classified as a finisher because the rules require a car to complete at least 70% of the distance of the class winner to be officially classified.

Currently the 74 Vette has circulated only 204 laps compared to the 318 for the AF Corse Ferrari 458. Second in GT-pro is the Luxury Racing Ferrari followed by the 73 Corvette.

Overall 35 cars are still running.

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