Toyota continued to control proceedings in the 24 Hours of Le Mans as dawn broke through the 15th hour, with Jose Maria Lopez leading the way in the #7 car ahead of Fernando Alonso.

Lopez assumed duties from #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid co-driver Kamui Kobayashi for the final night stint at the Circuit de la Sarthe, holding a lead of around a minute over the sister #8 car.

While Alonso was able to put in some quick lap times to whittle the gap down to 50 seconds at one stage, Lopez hit back to re-establish the minute buffer at the front in the early part of his stint.

Rebellion Racing's #3 R13 Gibson continued in a comfortable third overall ahead of the #11 SMP Racing entry, with the two cars separated by almost two minutes at the end of Hour 15.

A fortuitous Safety Car split helped G-Drive Racing open up a big gap at the head of the field in LMP2, with Jean-Eric Vergne completing a quick third stint in the #26 Aurus Gibson before handing over to silver-rated Job van Uitert shortly before daybreak. Van Uitert holds a 90-second lead over race-long rival Nicolas Lapierre in the #36 Signatech Alpine entry.

James Calado continues to lead for AF Corse in GTE-Pro behind the wheel of the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo, but is being chased by Richard Lietz in the #91 Porsche 911 RSR, the gap standing at less than 20 seconds.

Ben Keating holds top spot in GTE-Am in his eponymous team's #85 Ford GT, leading from Team Project 1 and TF Sport.



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