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Leading Toyota in Trouble With Turbo Issue

Race-leading Toyota hits trouble just past halfway in 24 Hours of Le Mans…

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Trouble hit the No. 7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid just past the halfway mark of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Kamui Kobayashi’s Toyota, which had led from the seventh hour, underwent a right-hand turbo change, dropping the car to fourth overall and in class after spending nearly 30 minutes in the garage.

It has handed the No. 8 Toyota of Brendon Hartley the race lead, with the No. 1 Rebellion R13 Gibson of Gustavo Menezes promoted to second overall, just two laps behind the new leader.

Kobayashi returned to action just past 3:10 a.m. and is now seven laps behind Hartley.

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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