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Le Mans 24 Hours: 9H: Jani capitalises on Toyota pit to lead at midnight

Neel Jani has produced a piece of opportunistic driving to re-take the lead from #6 Toyota on the stroke of midnight at Le Mans.
Neel Jani has produced a piece of opportunistic driving to re-take the lead from #6 Toyota on the stroke of midnight at Le Mans.

After a 22-minute safety car period to clear debris on the track after Paul Dalla Lana spun out his Aston Martin, Toyota opted to stick to strategy and pit Stephane Sarrazin on schedule just as the track returned to green.

As the #6 Toyota returned to the action with Mike Conway, Jani in the #2 Porsche reeled in the Toyota and grabbed the lead down the Mulsanne straight and into the first chicane. However, Jani is due to pit shortly which will hand the lead pack to Conway.

It was a nightmare hour for the #1 Porsche who has spent the majority of it in the garage with a suspected battery problem and has dropped from the top three and out of contention. That promoted the #5 Toyota into third, #6 Audi into fourth and the LMP1 privateer Rebellion Racing #13 into the top five.

In LMP2, #46 Thiriet by RDS Racing has had no sort of trouble and leads by over two-and-a-half minutes from #36 Signatech Alpine crew in a relatively uneventful hour in the class.

In GTE-Pro the leading trio has broken away from the rest with the #68 Ford GT leading from #82 Risi Competitizone Ferrari in second ahead of the #69 Ford. In GTE-Am, the #88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche leads with Patrick Long at the wheel.



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