24 Hours of Le Mans: After 8 hours of racing, Toyotas are solid leaders as night falls

The Toyotas attacked the 24 Hours of Le Mans night at the head, Saturday evening, without giving the impression of endangering themselves at the Sarthe Circuit. At midnight, that is, after eight hours of racing, the Japanese GR010s still enjoy an appreciable margin of speed in the queen category, the Hypercars, ahead of the American Glickenhaus marked with the number 709.

The No. 8 leader was one second ahead of the No. 7 after six exchanges of positions. At 4.45pm, the No. 8 Sébastien Buemi, led from the start, given under a bright sun, gave up his first place out of the pits behind his rival driven by Mike Conway. Trapped by the New Zealander, the Swiss may have lost his property for being too aggressive with his tires.

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The Briton and Swiss, after completing their triple stage, teammates Jose Maria Lopez and Brendon Hartley in turn reversed their seats, three hours later. Under pressure, the Argentine has given way to the New Zealander through the gravel of the Mulsanne bend.

With Japanese drivers Ryo Hirakawa and Kamui Kobayashi at the helm of No. 8 and 7, the two crews shook the race again when the first nominee, who joined the team this year, had to bow to his experienced compatriot in the 85th. return, at 9:15 p.m. Then, for the fourth time, shortly after 11 p.m. And twice more, when Conway easily outscored Buemi, following a team order? – then, finally, after the eleventh provisioning of the two white race cars, around midnight.

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Behind, the surviving Franck Mailleux Glickenhaus No. 709 still had a chance to avoid a fifth consecutive hit for the Toyota factory, sailing two laps from behind. Even better than Olivier Pla’s irreparable 6-lap delay, he seems trapped on the bend of the Tertre Rouge by a break that made him turn and finally on a wall.

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Of the five cars at the start of the Hypercar category, of the 62 lined up in total, another had also lost the chance to do well on arrival. Plagued by unreliable concerns about reliability, Nicolas Lapierre, Matthieu Vaxivière and André Negrao’s Alpine No. 36, third in 2021, had dropped out, taking 28th place overall, 9 laps, due to problems of clutch and ignition of the author. from the fourth hour.

The Glickenhaus no. 708 was on the podium when Pla hit the wall

In the LMP2 category, the fight continued to live up to its promise, with Jota No. 38 by Antonio Felix Da Costa leading the pack of 27 machines and in a good fourth overall position, ahead of No. 9 Prema de l ‘ ex-Formula. Robert Kubica, winner of Grand Prix 1 and Jonathan Aberdein’s Jota # 28.

While one of the attractions of this 90th edition, the German-Irish actor Michael Fassbender, experienced small misfortunes on board his Porche 911 n ° 93, whipped at the beginning of the night by the Ferrari 488 AF Corse n ° 61 of Vincent Abril, tried. responsible for the direction of the race. Shortly after midnight, the actor left the track alone after a mistake, before leaving.

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