Toyota were heading for a fourth successive overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The number seven GR010 car shared by Britains Mike Conway, Japans Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez was circulating a lap ahead of the Japanese manufacturers eight car.
Toyota is aiming for a fourth straight win in Le Mans 24-hour overall standings on Sunday with its hybrid Hypercars in first and second place four hours from the end of the race.
The number seven GR010 car shared by British Mike Conway, Japanese Kamui Kobayashi and Argentine Jose Maria Lopez ran one lap ahead of the Japanese manufacturers eighth car.
Toyota ranked second with Switzerlands Sbastien Buemi, Japans Kazuki Nakajima and New Zealands Brendon Hartley having previously reported vibration and refueling issues that resulted in shorter run times. Alpine A480-Gibson driven by Brazilian Andre Negrao and French duo Nicolas Lapierre and Matthieu Vaxiviere in third place but four laps behind.
The number eight car has won the overall Le Mans title for the past three years, with drivers of all seven having to go through several heartbreaks.
Kobayashi has now qualified the fastest in four of the last five, but he and his teammates, the defending world champions in endurance, have yet to win the biggest race in the world. sports car history.
Last year, the crew lost half an hour in the garage due to a potentially fatal turbo crash just halfway through and about third. In 2019, the number 7 car led most of the way but had to stop twice at the end of the race, once because of a puncture and then because of a bad tire change at the initial stop that caused him to fall to the position.
Monday. This year, Le Mans is the 89th edition of the race and the first of the new Hypercar era.