Raffaele Marciello took a rare break from driving the #90 Mercedes at the start of the 19th hour, with Mercedes DTM man Edoardo Mortara getting a turn at the wheel. Christopher Haase in the #25 Sainteloc Audi briefly held the lead before pitting, which saw P1 in the hands of Soucek in the #8 Bentley for a couple of laps before he too pitted.
It was then the Team75 Porsche’s turn in the lead, Michel Christensen at the wheel at this point, before the cycle reset itself with the #90 Mercedes leading the #1 and #25 Audis and the #8 Bentley while the Team75 Porsche dropped to fifth.
Things remained fairly uneventful as the clock approached midday, save for the #90 having a heart-stopping moment at Eau Rough while lapping the #991 Porsche. After getting going again, Mortara had lost 15 seconds of his lead (and Marciello ‘five years of his life’ according to his tweet!).
The #98 ROWE BMW made an unscheduled garage visit around the same time, all but putting paid to its slim victory chances that had looked strongest around the time of the last safety car. Approaching the end of the 20th hour, the #117 Team75 Porsche had cycled back into the lead, skipping Estre in the driving sequence as Christensen took back over from Vanthoor. This car, the #2 Audi, #90 Mercedes, #1 Audi and #25 Audi all still in with a realistic chance of victory.