TOYOTA GAZOO Racing retained the lead of the Le Mans 24 Hours as the 85th edition of the race moved into its evening stage.
Pole position setter Kamui Kobayashi successfully completed his first stints behind the wheel, extending the lead over the #1 Porsche to more than half a minute for the #7 TS050 HYBRID he shares with Mike Conway and Stéphane Sarrazin.
Anthony Davidson in the #8 he drives along with Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima was unfortunate in traffic and dropped to third position after losing time due to a local slow zone, when cars must drive significantly slower than racing speeds.
José María López performed impressively in his first racing stints at Le Mans and moved up to fourth position, helped by a technical problem for the #2 Porsche, which lost a lot of time in the pits.
After the second driver changes, Stéphane took over the leading #7, with Kazuki at the wheel of the #8. Yuji took over the #9 for his first racing laps of the Circuit de la Sarthe.