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Conway Out Front as Sun Rises Over Le Mans

Toyota Gazoo Racing maintain 1-2 run with ten hours to go at Le Mans…

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Toyota Gazoo Racing continues to hold command of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the sun beginning to rise over Circuit de la Sarthe with less than ten hours to go.

The No. 7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Mike Conway holds a 24-second lead over teammate Sebastien Buemi, which expanded following a slow zone.

Franck Mailleux runs third in the No. 709 Glickenhaus 007 Pipo, two laps behind.

LMP2 continues to be led by the No. 38 JOTA Oreca 07 Gibson of Roberto Gonzalez, who is ahead of Prema’s Lorenzo Colombo and the No. 5 Team Penske entry of Emmanuel Collard.

The class lead in GTE-Pro has changed hands, with a scheduled brake change for the No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR-19 of Kevin Estre handing the top spot to the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo of Alessandro Pier Guidi.

The Italian has a narrow advantage over the recovering No. 64 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R of Tommy Milner, with the No. 92 Porsche dropping to third as a result of the rapid brake change, which took less than two minutes.

Michael Christensen, however, is part of a three-way battle for the class lead that has kept the No. 92 car in firm contention.

GTE-Am is being paced by the No. 99 Hardpoint Motorsport Porsche of Alessio Picariello, with the Absolute Racing-backed entry just five seconds ahead of Porsche factory driver Julian Andlauer in the No. 79 WeatherTech Racing entry in second.

Several slow zones were deployed in the recent hours, the most significant for an accident by the No. 35 Ultimate Oreca, which resulted in barrier repairs.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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