Le Mans 24 Hours Virtual: Norris leads after 4 hours’ racing

Team Redline consolidated their lead in the Le Mans 24 Hours Virtual with Atze Kerkhof putting in a strong second stint of two hours to build a commanding lead over the chasing pack.

2 Seas Motosport were the other big winners in the hands of Devin Braune, as they rose to second and have been closing up to the leading Redline after Lando Norris took the wheel. By lap 65 the Bahraini car, numbered 33 was only 25 seconds off the lead with Braune continuing to close.

The biggest loser of the stint was Toyota Gazoo Racing, a strong run by Jose Maria Lopez left the 07 car third after two hours of racing, but then Kamui Kobayashi struggled first colliding with Gassner and earning a drive-through penalty for another incident. He dropped as low as 13th after 65 laps, but made up several places through pit stops in front.

Following a nightmare start for the pole-sitting Bykolles, as Tom Dillman earned a drive-through penalty for jumping the start, Esteban Guerrieri led a strong recovery to fourth as he neared the end of his stint. 

In the GTE class, the 93 car for Porsche Esports Sports took the lead and built up a 15-second advantage by lap 65, after running second with two hours gone. Tommy Østgaard overtook the Feed Racing Corvette C7.R of Erhan Jajovski at turn 9 on lap 39, and though the North Macedonian driver pressured for the following laps he was unable to pass and then dropped back following a mistake. 

The all-star Ferrari team in car 52 featuring Charles Leclerc (who took the first stint), David Tonizza and Antonio Giovinazzi sat 11th in class by lap 60 after failing to progress, although led the other Ferrari team. Aston Martin car 95 had an unspectacular but tidy stint to be running third as the race passed four hours gone.