The race order has remained fairly similar throughout Hour Three, with the race sitting in a natural lull. Porsche #1 lead the entire hour ahead of the #8 Audi, with the lead gap opening and closing up. At the beginning o the hour the #8 got ahead of the #1 just before the pit stops, but as the fuel flow for the Porsche’s pit stops is faster due to it not being diesel fuel they got the advantage back to retake the lead. The other drama of hour three hit the #7 Audi. It entered the pits to take its pit stop but ended up traveling very slowly down pit road. Whether the engine stalled or the car ran dry of diesel is unknown. The Audi team lost a lot of time as they had to push the car the rest of the way down the pits before they could do the obligatory tyre and fuel change. Toyota #5 may have been retired due to too many repairs needed to be done.

After the contact at the end of hour two, that resulted in the #43 RGR Sport car picking up the warning, not the #26 G-Drive, the Championship leader #36 Signatech Alpine LMP2 car leads the class. Bruno Senna got back into the #43 but spun the car after taking too much kerb, extending the gap to the lead that had already dropped 30 seconds at the end of hour two. In a close battle for positions, the #27 SMP crashed into the side of the #30 Extreme Speed Motorsport. No penalty has been handed out for this incident. The LMP2 field has now closed back up as it had been mixed into the LMGTE Pro runners.

The #95 Aston Martin still leads the LMGTE Pro class, with #97 following a comfortable second place behind it. The #77 Porsche is now back into third for the final podium position. #88 Porsche still leads LMGTE Am but the big story of the Am field is that Championship leader’s #83 AF Corse is up into P2 after having started from the back of the grid. The #78 KCMG Porsche is third in class, looking strong for a good haul of points.

It has been a quiet third hour as the race crosses passed halfway distance. But rain has been predicted for the next hour, with the track declared wet at the end of hour three. This declaration allows teams to put on the wet weather tyres whenever they wish and opens up the tyre options for the teams. If rain shall fall, this race will possibly be completely shaken up.


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