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Le Mans 24 Hours: 22H: Strategies unfold for Toyota, Porsche sprint race

Toyota and Porsche race strategies have played out and sees the lead two separated by just 30 seconds to set up a sprint race finale.
Toyota and Porsche race strategies have played out and sees the lead two separated by just 30 seconds to set up a sprint race finale between the #5 Toyota with Kazuki Nakajima and #2 Porsche of Neel Jani.

In the marathon event which has seen a solid rate of attrition has shaken out a sprint race between Toyota and Porsche for the overall race victory at Le Mans.

After Davidson completed his successful final stint he has handed over to co-driver Nakajima to bring home a first-ever win for Toyota at Le Mans.

Victory is far from assured with Jani in the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid 30 seconds back – with the final rostrum place looking settled for the #6 Toyota after Kobayashi spun and sustained damage.

The #36 Signatech Alpine looks assured of LMP2 victory if it can avoid any mechanical nightmares or crashes with a lap lead on the #26 G-Drive Oreca with Roman Rusinov at the wheel for the final two hours.

An impressive fightback by #37 SMP Racing BR01 has seen it rise above Strakka Racing to hold station for the final podium spot.

In GT, #68 Ford Chip Ganassi has profited from late problems with #82 Risi Competizione Ferrari but the battle is far from over with just 40 seconds separating the top two. The #69 Ford Chip Ganassai is also in contention a minute further back as Ford looks certain of securing three of the top four spots in the class.

Scuderia Corse Ferrari give the Italian manufacturer confidence of grabbing one class victory this year at Le Mans as the #62 driven by Jeffery Segal leads the #88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche by a lap with #83 AF Corse Ferrari in a comfortable third.



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