Vanthoor leads with six hours to go; Crashes for Nasr, Mancinelli – Sportscar365

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Laurens Vanthoor led the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Porsche Penske Motorsport with six hours to go, although the German team lost one of its cars in the first of two separate accidents in Indianapolis on Sunday morning.

Vanthoor, driving the No. 6 Porsche 963, sat in front of the No. 8 Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Ryo Hirakawa and Earl Bamber’s No. 2 Cadillac V-Series.R under the third safety car neutralization of the race.

That intervention was triggered when Daniel Mancinelli crashed the No. 27 The Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Evo at Indianapolis, skidding off the track and rolling over after colliding with the tire barriers.

The Italian driver was able to escape the car and walk away from the crash site without assistance.

Mancinelli’s impact in Indianapolis occurred not long after the No. 4 Porsche took off from the same corner with Felipe Nasr at the wheel.

That incident, which created a slow zone, resulted in a strategic advantage for sister machine No. 6 as it came in the middle of a period when the Hypercar runners were making pit stops to change from wet to slick tires.

Hirakawa, who had led Vanthoor since the race restarted after the four-hour safety car due to heavy rain, came in first and ahead of Nasr’s crash.

When Vanthoor later pitted while the slow zone was active, the Belgian was able to save a significant amount of time and bypass Hirakawa to take the lead.

In LMP2, the No. 183 AF Corse Oreca 07 Gibson of Ben Barnicoat returned to the class lead, ahead of the No. 22 United Autosports machine piloted by Oliver Jarvis, with Vector Sport in third.

Iron Dames led the LMGT3 category, although having to pit with the No. 85 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2, and was ahead of the No. 59 United Autosport McLaren 720S GT3 Evo, the No. 87 Akkodis ASP Lexus RC F GT3 and No. 91 Manthey EMA Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Davey Euwema is the European editor of Sportscar365. Based in the Netherlands, Euwema’s activities include the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship, the European Le Mans Series and Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS.