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Timo Bernhard leads for Porsche following a frantic first hour of the Le Mans 24 Hours, ahead of the pole sitting sister car of Neel Jani.

Though Jani led away from the flag, Bernhard was ahead by the end of the opening lap and proceeded to gap his team-mate when he began to come across traffic, only to be reeled in again through the first wave of fuel-only pit-stops.

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As it stands, Bernhard continues to lead Jani - whose fastest lap on lap eight is already two seconds faster than Andre Lotterer's benchmark from 2014 -, with the Audis of Loic Duval, Lotterer and Marco Bonanomi following in third, fourth and fifth, the trio closing in before the race was brought under safety car conditions on the hour to bunch them up again anyway.

Toyota, meanwhile, had their fears about race pace realised as they fell quickly behind in their own inter-team battle, the two cars slipping more than 45secs off the lead, even if they have been able to close the gap again under the safety car

Nissan, meanwhile, endured a fraught start, with the #21 car's door flying open on its out-lap, while the #23 car is 8 laps down after starting late from the pit-lane due to clutch issues.

In the LMP2 class, KCMG led away, but a charging Tristan Gommendy in the Thiriet by TDS Oreca snatched the lead after 35mins, with G-Drive Ligier in third.

In the GTE Pro class, Aston Martin is battling it out with Ferrari, but Porsche is already down to one car after the #92 911 spun with a problem and then proceeded to catch fire, causing the race to come under safety car as the first hour came to a close.

The incident would also catch out the close following Rebellion and Strakka cars, sending them into a spin with damage and prompt the hour-ending safety car.

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