Toyota had set the pace right through to the halfway stage of the race before Kazuki Nakajima came to a halt at the Arnage corner due to an electrical problem.
And Benoit Treluyer was in the driver’s seat as Audi hit the front in Le Mans – the world’s oldest active sports car race in endurance racing – with 10 hours remaining.
The number two Audi car, which is made up of Treluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler, is a lap ahead of Nakajima, Stephane Sarrazin and Alexander Wurz in Toyota’s number seven vehicle.
Porsche (no. 20), who boast former Formula One driver Mark Webber in their ranks, are third in the standings – three laps adrift.
Meanwhile, Audi (no. 1) and Toyota (no. 8) round out the top five positions.
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