We’ve hit the halfway point of the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans.
In GTE Am, Luca Stolz and then Jeroen Bleekemolen in the Keating Motorsports/Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 finally broke down the resistance of the No.84 JMW Ferrari. Bleekemolen reached the halfway point comfortably ahead in second place in class, trailing the leading No.77 Dempsey Proton Porsche, still with Porsche Junior driver Julien Andlauer at the wheel.
Fernando Alonso spent the entire hour edging his No.8 Toyota TS050 closer to the leading sister Toyota.
Jose Maria Lopez had taken over the No.7 Toyota from Mike Conway by 3 a.m. local time, but the change in driver did not see the rate of closing change dramatically — the gap was down to 80 seconds at the top of the hour.
Elsewhere in LMP1, the first of the Ginettas was posted as a retirement after Oliver Rowland ground to a halt at the second chicane on the Mulsanne Straight. The car refused to re-fire despite verbal assistance from TRSM and Ginetta engineers out in the darkness.
The leading No 26 G-Drive Racing ORECA 07 Gibson was at times increasing its advantage. The second-place battle was between the No.36 Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine A470 and the No.23 Panis-Barthez Ligier.
There were no major changes in the hour.