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The #7 Toyota continues to hold firm at the head of the leaderboard after nine hours of racing in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Alex Wurz is back in the car and was maintaining a fairly steady lead of 1min 30secs over the #2 Aud, with both pitting at the end of the hour, while the #1 Audi remains on the lead lap but is more than three minutes out of contention.

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Porsche, meanwhile, circulates in fourth and fifth, though Neel Jani - having complained of brake issues - became the third driver in the team to overshoot Arnage and lose time.

The #8 Toyota pitted during the hour and was up on the jacks, but has since returned to track. It is running 11th overall, nine laps off the overall lead.

In LMP2, Jann Mardenborough continued to protect the OAK Racing Ligier's lead, ahead of Nelson Panciatici in the Signatech Alpine and the Race Performance Oreca of Franck Mailleux.

Of all the classes, GTE Pro remains the most hotly-contested, with Aston Martin ahead now after passing the #74 Corvette for the lead, while the #98 Aston Martin also leads GTE Am.

Meanwhile, the #48 Murphy Prototypes Oreca has officially retired after another off, while the #26 G-Drive Morgan also stopped on track and is seemingly out.

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Live text commentary recap of Hour 9: Key moments in bold

The #2 Audi is in the pit-lane for fuel

Top LMP2 contender, the #35 OAK Ligier pits and leaves with its lead intact

It's certainly not been a race of attrition. As we head into the tenth hour, just eight of the 54 starters are classified as retired so far

Meanwhile in GTE Pro, Aston Martin leads again with Stefan Mucke at the wheel, five seconds ahead of Oliver Gavin in the Corvette and the close-following Ferrari of Gimmi Bruni

Change of plan, Marc Gene stays in the car... and promptly runs off at Forza. No harm done, just a couple of dropped seconds

The #1 Audi pits from third place. Good effort by late stand-in Marc Gene, the Spaniard one the pace of the leaders throughout his stint.

Penalty for the #77 Proton Dempsey Porsche after spinning its wheels in the pit lane... it's a harsh one too, 3min stop-go penalty!

There has been a yellow flag at Michelin for some time, but it hasn't been communicated as to why. However, Olivier Pla in the #14 G-Drive Morgan has apparently 'stopped' on track, so we're putting two and two together...

There appears to be issues for the #91 factory Porsche GT, which has been in the pit lane for some time now

Looks like Audi is getting ready to bring the #1 Audi in, with Tom Kristensen suited, booted and raring to go

Webber brings the #20 Porsche in for another pit-stop, its tenth of the race

Marcel Fassler has just had a slow lap in the #2 Audi, dropping 8secs to the leading Toyota in one lap alone. Wurz is now circulating more than 1min 30secs ahead

Emmanuel Collard must have eaten his carrots, because he is apparently on track driving without headlights on... not sure how he hasn't noticed yet!

Jani in the #14 Porsche has just had another straight-on moment at Arnage... the third one for Porsche in the last couple of hours after Hartley and Webber in the #20 car. Jani was complaining of brake problems...

Good conditions out there for the LMP2 cars it seems, three of them have just posted their fastest laps of the race, including the class-leading #35 car of Jann Mardenborough

GTE Pro remains nice and close though, with the #74 Corvette, #97 Aston Martin and #51 Ferrari split by just 7 seconds

Speaking of LMP2, Jann Mardenborough continues to lead the category in the OAK Ligier, comfortably ahead of the sister TDS Ligier, currently being driven by Tristan Gommendy

More bad news for the Murphy Oreca - Berthon is off towards the end of the lap. It was running several laps down after Karun Chandhok spun off in the earlier rain

The #12 Rebellion is wheeled back out and is set to resume the race having maintained sixth place

It is fairly chilly out there as we head into the eighth hour of the race. With midnight looming, the race has settled into a nice rhythm

It appears to be missing a front left wheel. Nick Heidfeld was in the car at the time and it had gone a long way into this race without any problems, so kudos to the privateer Swiss team

The #12 Rebellion is slow and has entered the pits

Nakajima pits the lead car and Wurz - who drove the first stint - jumps in the #7 Toyota, gets a new set of tyres and heads back out

Fassler pits from second place in the #2 Audi, while the #14 Porsche is still six laps off the lead but now ahead of the #12 Rebellion - the private LMP1 entry having just been taken over by Nick Heidfeld who appears to be running slowly

Webber has had an off in the #20 Porsche as he runs wide at Arnage, similar to the incident that cost Hartley about two minutes the lap before he handed over to Webber

It's unclear what the cause of this stoppage is but the #8 crew are looking underneath the car. Mardenborough now up to P7 overall as he enjoys a lead of almost two minutes in LMP2

Trouble at Toyota as Lapierre brings the #8 car back in to the garage and it's up on the jacks as work begins in the cockpit...

Lapierre brings the #8 Toyota back ahead of the LMP2 cars and up to seventh overall. Four laps ahead of him, Dumas is about to pass Beche in the #12 Rebellion for P5 overall - three seconds between them

Gene brings the #1 Audi in from third place. He was lapping two seconds a lap quicker than Fassler in the #2 Audi before pitting