24 Hours of Le Mans – After 7 hours of racing, the solid Toyota leaders at nightfall

The Toyotas attacked the night of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the lead on Saturday night, without giving the impression of endangering themselves on the Sarthe Circuit. At 11pm, after seven hours of racing, the Japanese GR010 still has an appreciable speed margin in the queen category, the Hypercar, against the American Glickenhaus.

The No. 8 leader had a second lead over No. 7 after four shifts. At 4.45pm, the No. 8 Sébastien Buemi, leading since the start, dating back to the blazing sun, first gave way by standing out from the stands behind his rival driven by Mike Conway. Trapped by the New Zealander, the Swiss may have lost his property by being too aggressive with his tires.

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As the British and Swiss each completed their three-way relay, teammates Jose Maria Lopez and Brendon Hartley in turn reversed their seats three hours later. Under pressure, the Argentine gave way to the New Zealander through the gravel at the Mulsanne corner.

With Japanese drivers Ryo Hirakawa and Kamui Kobayashi at the controls of No. 8 and 7, the two crews once again tipped the race when the first-named team member, who joined the team this year, had to bow to his experienced compatriot in the 85th round, 9:15 p.m. Then, a fourth time, shortly after 11 p.m.

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Behind, the Glickenhaus no. 708 d’Olivier Pla pointed to the third place at 2’43 “, in front of the sister car no. 709 driven by Franck Mailleux, 50” further away, when the Alpine no. 36, three in 2021, had lost his footing around the fourth hour of the race, and had fallen to 28th place, nine laps, due to a clutch and then coil concern. An unusual fact for the French car and reliable for a year and a half. In the LMP2 category, the fight continued to live up to its promise, with Jota No. 38 leading the pack of 27 machines, ahead of Prema No. 9 and Jota No. 28.

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