2016 24 Hours of Le Mans – Hour 6 Update: Toyota Back in Control


The G-Drive Oreca 05 took a penalty for a pit lane infringement. (Credit: Craig Robertson/SpeedChills.com)

Kamui Kobayashi in the #6 Toyota GAZOO Racing leads the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Audi LMP1 team started the hour in turmoil with the #8 being forced to sit in the pits as its door was fixed. As a result it failed to maintain its position on the lead lap meaning only the two Porsche’s and the #6 Toyota GAZOO Racing car maintained that advantage.

It wasn’t plain sailing for the Porsche’s though with the #2 finding its pit stop under investigation. Fortunately, little came from it as they continued to chase down their team mate.

The Toyota could make its car run further on fuel, a venture that looked like it could save them a pit stop. The #1 used the clear air to build a gap as the race long battle between the #1 and the #6 continued with the Toyota leading after Webber pitted.

Further back the #13 Rebellion Racing R-One AER driven by Dominik Kraihammer had issues. A misfire caused them to slow, making an unscheduled pit stop. He soon got back out, but would need luck to catch the others.

In LMP2 the #26 G-Drive was hindered with a penalty after they left the engine on while refuelling the car. As a result, they’ve fallen a lap behind the battle for the lead. Meanwhile the #46 Thiriet by TDS Racing continues to lead.

While GT-Pro saw the Risi Competizione back in the lead as the battle between them and the three Ford’s continued.

KCMG found themselves still chasing the #88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing in GT-Am but the gap had grown as the #57 spun off into the gravel at the Porsche curbs. This eventually caused a slow zone, troubling the other competitors.