LM24 Hour 11: Alonso starts long haul back after penalty

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LM24 Hour 11: Alonso starts long haul back after penalty

Le Mans/WEC

LM24 Hour 11: Alonso starts long haul back after penalty

Hour 11 saw Fernando Alonso back on board the No.8 Toyota and beginning to make inroads into Mike Conway’s advantage in the sister No.7 TS050, following a 60-second stop-and-hold penalty issued to Sebastien Buemi for speeding in a slow zone.

From a gap of almost 2 minutes and 30 seconds at a peak, the deficit was back under two minutes by the end of the hour with no issues for either Hybrid.

Further down the order in LMP1, Ben Hanley had recovered the delayed U.S.-flagged DragonSpeed No.10 BR1 Gibson back ahead of the GTE runners after a nearly hour of repair work following Renger van der Zande’s off earlier in the race. While the LMP2 backmarkers are next in his sights, the top four LMP1 runners are still some 15 laps clear.

Hour 11 results

Both GTE classes saw no major positional changes in the hour, though the No.67 Chip Ganassi Ford UK Ford GT of Harry Tincknell was closing in on the U.S.-entered No.69 sister car of Scott Dixon.

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