The No. 2 Peugeot held a narrow lead over the ORECA 908 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the eighth hour, after the leading No. 1 car lost four laps in the pits with alternator trouble. Franck Montagny was at the wheel of the French manufacturer's sole factory car not to hit trouble so far, with Olivier Panis only just over a minute behind in the as-yet problem free No. 4 car.
The No. 8 and No. 9 Audis are now running 10 seconds apart in third and fourth places, with Benoit Treluyer and Mike Rockenfeller at the controls. Allan McNish has taken over the No. 7 R15 and dropped behind Stefan Mucke's No. 007 Aston Martin in the process.
Marc Gene is back on track in the No. 1 Peugeot and now running in seventh place, one lap ahead of Darren Turner in the No. 009 Aston and two ahead of Oliver Jarvis in the No. 15 Kolles Audi.
Strakka Racing is back in possession of the LMP2 class lead. Jonny Kane moved ahead when he stayed in his HPD during a pit stop while Marco Werner handed the Highcroft machine over to David Brabham. Kane has a comfortable lead now after Brabham made a precautionary pit stop to check a vibration.
Thomas Mutsch still has two laps of breathing space in the No. 60 Matech Ford GT, with Stephane Gregoire having taken over the No. 72 Alphand Corvette.
It was an hour of attrition for the race's two most competitive classes and, sadly, the thrilling battle for the GT2 lead could not last the distance. The No. 82 Risi Ferrari hit trouble and has been sitting in the pits for the last 15 minute with a gearbox problem, leaving Corvette with a comfortable 1-2. Oliver Gavin is a minute clear of Jan Magnussen, with Richard Lietz two minutes further back in the No. 77 Felbermayr Porsche.