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Kazuki Nakajima has a lead of over two minutes after seven hours of the Le Mans 24 Hours following the third safety car period of the race.
Alexandre Imperatori had a high-speed spin in the final sector – apparently due to a right-rear suspension failure – which saw him wipe the front of the car off against the wall on the exit of the Porsche Curves. With the car unable to move off the track under its own power and with debris on track the safety car was brought out, leading to a number of pit stops.
The #2 Audi took the opportunity to change drivers during the safety car period, with Marcel Fassler taking over from Benoit Treluyer, but that also dropped the car further behind Nakajima – who also stopped during the safety car laps.
Mark Webber completed his first racing laps at Le Mans since 1999 having taken over the #20 Porsche from Brendon Hartley, but an error on Hartley's final lap – when he outbraked himself in to Arnage – cost the car almost two minutes and dropped it behind the #1 Audi in the fight for third.
Following the safety car period, the GTE PRO battle reignited with Richard Westbrook in the #74 Corvette having to hold of Darren Turner in the #97 Aston Martin and Giancarlo Fisichella's #51 Ferrari as darkness started to fall over the circuit.
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20:58 (UK Time)
Turner outbrakes Westbrook in to the first chicane and he has the lead of the GTE PRO class
The GTE PRO battle has started, with Westbrook leading the class in the #74 Corvette but having to hold off Turner in the #97 Aston and Fisichella in the #51 Ferrari
A replay of Imperatori's off seems to show a right rear suspension failure causing the crash and resulting in the car spinning out of control
Nakajima now has a 2m53s lead in the #8 Toyota after Fassler took over the #2 Audi, while Nakajima is also a lap clear of Gene in the third-placed #1 Audi. Webber 2m13s back
Safety car in this lap, and there's going to be some great racing in the GTE PRO class as the top three are running line astern
We're still behind the safety car as the sun continues to set. We're closing in on 10pm local time and the headlights will soon take over.
Looks like game over for Imperatori and the KCMG as the #47 Oreca's front wheels are not pointing in the same direction and he's wheeled back behind the wall and in to retirement
A busy pit lane as teams take advantage of the safety car period. Nakajima brings the #7 Toyota in from the lead, while Fassler takes over the second-placed #2 Audi
Safety car is out. Imperatori has gone off in the #47 KCMG Oreca having spun at high speed in the final sector and knocked the front off his car
It will be interesting to see Gene's race pace having been a late replacement for Duval after the huge crash on Wednesday in practice. Gene is the team's reserve driver but hasn't had much seat time in the R18 E-Tron Quattro this week
Webber easing himself in to this stint - he's lapping six seconds slower than Nakajima in the lead Toyota and is the slowest LMP1 car on track at the moment
Driver change time in the #1 Audi as di Grassi brings it in from third place and Gene - replacing the injured Duval - jumps in
Bleekemolen brings the #79 Porsche 911 back to the pits and it has a lot of damage to the left rear corner as a result of that puncture with the rubber flailing. A small exhaust fire needs extinguishing too
These are Webber's first racing laps at Le Mans since 1999. Hartley confirms he just locked up and made an error at Arnage
The #20 Porsche lost just under two minutes with that off at Arnage. We've got another puncture for a 911 too - the left rear has gone on the #79 car which Bleekemolen is driving
Hartley returns the #20 car to the pits and hands over to Webber for the next stint. The Porsche has gone a lap down on the #7 Toyota and #2 Audi now
Hartley is off! The #20 Porsche has gone straight on at Arnage and he's struggling to get the car moving again. It doesn't look like he's able to get away easily and needs the marshals to help turn him round before he heads on his way again
The #27 SMP Oreca - which had been running down in 45th place overall - has been rolled back in to the garage for some more work.
The #61 Ferrari of Venturi takes a trip through the gravel at Arnage but gets back out again relatively quickly