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Le Mans 24 Hours: 6H: Toyota wrestles lead from Porsche

Toyota's Kamui Kobayashi claimed the lead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans from Porsche's Timo Bernhard at the quarter mark.
Toyota's Kamui Kobayashi claimed the lead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans from Porsche's Timo Bernhard at the quarter mark, as pit stop strategies unravelled further.

Kobayashi grabbed the lead just after the five hour mark, when Webber pitted the Porsche #1, losing it when he stopped 20 minutes passed the hour.

The Toyota #6 then regained the lead when Webber stopped fifteen minutes before the six-hour mark, with the Australian handing over to Bernhard.

Kobayashi holds a 64.7s lead for Toyota, with the former F1 racer continuing Toyota's plan of running 14-lap stints, compared to the 13 lap stints from Porsche and Audi.

Anthony Davidson holds 3rd place in the #5 Toyota, some 86.8s off of the lead, while the former champions run the same strategy to the leaders. Niel Jani currently runs 4th in the #2 Porsche, while #8 Audi remains in 5th with Lucas di Grassi having taken over from Oli Jarvis.

Thiriet by TDS Racing have maintained the LMP2 lead with Ryo Hirakawa leading Stephane Richelmi in the #36 Signatech Alpine. Matt Howson (#47 KCMG) heads the #26 G-Drive, despite the latter being pinged with a drive through for keeping the engine running during a fuel stop.

There was drama for the #31 Extreme Speed Racing Ligier when Chris Cumming went off twice in a lap, damaging the suspension in the process.

Matteo Malucelli leads GTE-Pro in the #82 Risi Competizione Ferrari, as strategies unfold; however former leaders Ford Chip Ganassi GT sit close, with the #68, #69 and #66 machines holding 2nd-4th places respectively.

Khaled Al Qubaisi heads the GTE-ASM class for Abu Dhabi Proton, although the Porsche man will drop behind Christian Ried in the #78 KCMG. Mathias Lauda continues in 3rd place for the #98 Aston Martin.



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