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5H: Webber builds Porsche lead on Toyota

Mark Webber extended the lead of the #1 Porsche over #6 Toyota after five hours of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Mark Webber extended the lead of the #1 Porsche over #6 Toyota after five hours of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Australian added another 20s to the gap over Kamui Kobayashi, with the Japanese pilot dropping 38s behind the lead.

A quick, but steady stint for the former Formula One racer allowed the Porsche to glide through traffic, with Kobayashi rarely able to match Webber's pace. However, Toyota continue to run long stints with Kobayashi now having gained some eight laps over Webber.

Marc Lieb maintained 3rd place for the #2 Porsche; however is under investigation for an unsafe release some twenty minutes into the hour.

Anthony Davidson stole 4th place from the #8 Audi, after Jarvis suffered a slow stop when the door of his Audi came loose mid-stop, with the Briton dropping 30s as a result.

The #13 Rebellion sits in 6th place overall, although struggled back to the pits prior to the end of the hour, but rejoined seemingly without any issues.

Ryo Hirakawa currently leads the LMP2 class in the #46 Thiriet by TDS Racing ahead of Gustavo Menezes in the #36 Signatech Alpine.

Both the #47 KCMG and #44 Manor have fallen behind the top duo due as pit stints overlap; although the Manor man lost time following a spin in the Dunlop Curves.

The #68, #66 and #69 Ford Chip Ganassi secured the top three places in the GTE-Pro class, as the new entrants powered past the #82 Risi Competizione Ferrari half way through Hour 5. The #68 now leads the class by 24.6s.

The #78 KCMG Porsche (Joel Camathias) continues to lead in the GTE-AM class ahead of the #88 Abu Dhabi Proton Porsche (David Heinemeier Hansson), while Mathias Lauda holds 3rd for the #98 Aston Martin.



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