Benoit Treluyer continued to lead Le Mans after 11 hours but the No. 2 Audi was being caught by a flying Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 9 Peugeot in second position.
Bourdais who found himself separted by two third of a lap at the start of the hour, thanks to the staggered nature of the safety cars, set about hunting down the final remaining Audi, posting some stunning lap times and a couple of fastest overall middle sectors in the process.
By the end of the hour the former Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver had the gap down to 1m45s.
Some 25sec further back was Alex Wurz in the No. 7 Peugeot ahead of Stephane Sarrazin who was also still on the lead lap in the No. 8 908.
Loic Duval remains fifth in the year-old Pug, and the ORECA-run car is still only a lap behind the factory cars. Christophe Tinseau runs sixth in the petrol-powered Pescarolo.
It was all change in LMP2 after long-time leader - the No. 48 ORECA - stopped for a long while with an electrical problem. Alex Premat was at the wheel at the time and dropped to fourth in the process. He climbed back to third by the time he handed over to Dominik Kraihamer.
That became second when Matias Russo crashed the PeCom Lola at the end of the hour at the Esses. While all this was going on Olivier Lombard moved to the front of the class for Greaves Motorsport.
Jan Magnussen took over from Oliver Gavin in the leading No. 74 Corvette in GTE Pro. The car has more than a lap's advantage over Toni Vilander's Ferrari.
Gabriel Gardel moved into the lead of the GTE Am class in the Larbre Corvette but remained locked in a battle with the team Porsche driving by Pascal Gibon.
- Mike Rockenfeller was taken to a hospital following a frightening accident that totally destroyed the No. 1 Audi in the seventh hour of the race. The German had been running third when he made contact with a GTE Ferrari at kink after Mulsanne. Audi confirmed that their driver climbed from the car before medical crews got to him.
- The No. 3 Audi of Allan McNish crashed out of the race in the first hour having just taken second position. The Scot collected the No. 58 Luxury Racing Ferrari in the right-hander after the Dunlop Bridge. The heavy impact destroyed the car and McNish was taken to hospital for precautionary checks, but was later released with an all-clear.
- Both Aston Martin AMR Ones ran into trouble on the first lap of the race. Darren Turner spinning with mechanical trouble and Adrian Fernandez stopping out on the Mulsanne. The No. 007 car of Turner was recovered to the pits where it was discovered an alternator belt tensioner was to blame.
POSITIONS AFTER X HOURS
Pos Car Team Class Gap
1. No. 2 Audi Audi Sport Team Joest (LMP1)
2. No. 9 Peugeot Team Peugeot Total (LMP1) + 1 Lap
3. No. 7 Peugeot Peugeot Sport Total (LMP1) + 1 Lap
4. No. 8 Peugeot Peugeot Sport Total (LMP1) + 1 Lap
5. No. 10 Peugeot Team Oreca-Matmut (LMP1) + 2 Laps
6. No. 16 Pescarolo Pescarolo Team (LMP1) + 5 Laps
7. No. 12 Lola Rebellion Racing (LMP1) + 5 Laps
8. No. 13 Lola Rebellion Racing (LMP1) + 6 Laps
9. No. 22 Lola Kronos Racing (LMP1) + 9 Laps
10. No. 41 Zytek Greaves Motorsport (LMP2) + 10 Laps
11. No. 42 HPD Strakka Racing (LMP2) + 11 Laps
12. No. 48 Oreca Team Oreca-Matmut (LMP2) + 11 Laps
13. No. 39 Lola PeCom Racing (LMP2) + 11 Laps
14. No. 33 Lola Level 5 Motorsports (LMP2) + 12 Laps
15. No. 26 Oreca Signatech Nissan (LMP2) + 12 Laps
16. No. 49 OAK OAK Racing (LMP2) + 13 Laps
17. No. 74 Corvette Corvette Racing (GTEP) + 15 Laps
18. No. 35 OAK OAK Racing (LMP2) + 15 Laps
19. No. 51 Ferrari AF Corse (GTEP) + 15 Laps
20. No. 75 Porsche Prospeed Competition (GTEP) + 15 Laps
21. No. 73 Corvette Corvette Racing (GTEP) + 16 Laps
22. No. 59 Ferrari Luxury Racing (GTEP) + 16 Laps
23. No. 55 BMW BMW Motorsport (GTEP) + 16 Laps
24. No. 80 Porsche Flying Lizard Motorsports (GTEP) + 16 Laps
25. No. 36 HPD RML (LMP2) + 17 Laps
26. No. 76 Porsche IMSA Performance Matmut (GTEP) + 17 Laps
27. No. 56 BMW BMW Motorsport (GTEP) + 17 Laps
28. No. 77 Porsche Team Felbermayr-Proton (GTEP) + 18 Laps
29. No. 70 Porsche Larbre Competition (GTEA) + 19 Laps
30. No. 50 Corvette Larbre Competition (GTEA) + 19 Laps
31. No. 81 Porsche Flying Lizard Motorsports (GTEA) + 19 Laps
32. No. 61 Ferrari AF Corse (GTEA) + 19 Laps
33. No. 40 Oreca Race Performance (LMP2) + 20 Laps
34. No. 71 Ferrari AF Corse (GTEP) + 21 Laps
35. No. 65 Lotus Lotus Jetalliance (GTEP) + 21 Laps
36. No. 63 Porsche Proton Competition (GTEA) + 24 Laps
37. No. 83 Ferrari JMB Racing (GTEA) + 25 Laps
38. No. 88 Porsche Team Felbermayr-Proton (GTEP) + 26 Laps
39. No. 57 Ferrari Krohn Racing (GTEA) + 27 Laps
40. No. 44 Norma Extr (LMP2) + 28 Laps
41. No. 68 Ford Robertson Racing (GTEA) + 28 Laps
42. No. 60 Aston Gulf AMR Middle East (GTEA) + 29 Laps
43. No. 89 Ferrari Hankook Team Farnbacher (GTEP) + 31 Laps
44. No. 66 Ferrari JMW Motorsport (GTEP) + 31 Laps
45. No. 64 Lotus Lotus Jetalliance (GTEP) + 44 Laps
46. No. 58 Ferrari Luxury Racing (GTEP) + 52 Laps
47. No. 5 Oreca Hope Racing (LMP1) + 61 Laps
48. No. 15 OAK OAK Racing (LMP1) + 71 Laps
49. No. 24 OAK OAK Racing (LMP1) + 31 Laps
50. No. 1 Audi Audi Sport Team Joest (LMP1) Retired
51. No. 62 Ferrari CRS Racing (GTEA) Retired
52. No. 79 Aston Jota (GTEP) Retired
53. No. 20 Zytek Quifel-ASM Team (LMP1) Retired
54. No. 3 Audi Audi Sport North America (LMP1) Retired
55. No. 007 AMR-One Aston Martin Racing (LMP1) Retired
56. No. 009 AMR-One Aston Martin Racing (LMP1) Retired