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Though the #7 and #8 Toyota TS030s of Alexander Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima, and Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Stéphane Sarrazin went elbow-to-elbow into turn one, though the polesitting #7 managed to maintain its advantage, extending it further as the opening laps rolled by. That was until a loss of traction during Lapierre’s stint allowed the sister #8 through into the lead.
As the field headed to lap 10, the sister TS030 trailed by nearly three seconds, the Audi double attack of Tom Kristensen, Loïc Duval and Allan McNish (#2), and André Lotterer, Benoit Tréluyer and Marcel Fässler falling a further sevens back. The lead #1 enjoyed its own bit of drama when a messy collision with the #57 Krohn Racing Ferrari 458 Italia led to Tréluyer being shown the black and white flag: ‘calm it down boy or we will give your wrists a slap’.
The #32 Lotus and #92 Porsche AG Team Manthey 911 RSR meanwhile couldn’t wait to get the gloves off, the former belted the latter with an over-ambitious move into turn one and spinning both on-track. While the Porsche cruised to pitroad, it would take the Lotus a further ten laps to get back to pitroad, having pulled off at turn 11. Race control were keen for a quick word with Dominik Kraihamer on his return to the pitlane just a few laps later.
Luis Perez Companc, Nicolas Minassian and Pierre Kaffe in the #49 Pecom Racing Oreca 03 leads the LMP2 category after a storming drive back for the Frenchman, while Toni Vilander and Gianmaria Bruni take up the stop spot in the GT Pro #51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia. Christoffer Nygaard, Kristian Poulsen and Nicki Thiim in the #95 Aston martin Racing Vantage V8 head the GT Am class.
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