Toyota Gazoo Racing leads at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. (24 Hours of Le Mans Photo)

Toyota Gazoo Racing Leads 10+ Hours Into Le Mans

LE MANS, France — 8:46 p.m. ET — Ten and a half hours into the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the No. 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing machine piloted by Sébastien Buemi leads Hypercar and overall. It holds a 20-second gap over the No. 6 Porsche Penske car. In third sits the sister Toyota Gazoo Racing car — the No. 7 entry — with Kamui Kobayashi currently behind the wheel.

In LMP2, the No. 20 Nielsen Racing car holds a 29-second lead over the No. 183 AF Corse entry. The No. 37 COOL Racing car runs third.

In LMGT3, the No. 58 United Autosports team holds a 27-second lead over the No. 87 Akkodis ASP Team entry. The No. 91 Manthey EMA car sits in third.

A Safety Car was out for approximately 90 minutes after a crash and heavy rain slowed down the race beginning in the sixth hour. Most — if not all of the rain — should be out of the area for the remainder of the event. 

A total of six cars have retired, including three in Hypercar. 

3:23 p.m. ET — A little over five hours into the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the AF Corse Racing No. 83 entry piloted by Yifei Ye leads both overall and in the Hypercar class. The No. 5 Porsche Penske Motorsport machine, a regular in IMSA, sits second with Matt Campbell behind the wheel and the No. 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing car is third. 

At 22nd overall, the No. 10 Vector Sport entry leads LMP2 with the No. 37 COOL Racing car in second. The No. 22 United Autosports car is third with up-and-coming open-wheel star Nolan Siegel currently behind the wheel. 

In LMGT3, the No. 46 Team WRT car leads with the No. 92 Manthey PureRxcing car in second. The No. 91 Manthey EMA car is in third. 

So far, a full course yellow and a double yellow flag have occurred during the race. A few rain showers hit the circuit during the second hour, forcing teams to alter their strategies and adjust to rain tires.