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2020 24 Hours of Le Mans, 4 Hours In: Toyota Leads The Charge

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The 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans has gotten off to a strange start befitting of a strange year. There have been a handful of yellow flags for drivers who took some off-track excursions, and the weather has alternated between a light drizzle and bursts of sunshine. It was a fairly clean run despite everything, with no safety cars for the first four hours.

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To no one’s surprise, the two Toyota LMP1 cars slid into the front within the first few minutes, with the No. 7 leading from pole position. Most of the top cars averaged a 10-11 lap stint before needing to stop for fuel. Bruno Senna has set the fastest lap of the race so far.

How to Watch

If you haven’t hunted down a place to watch this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, you can find it on MotorTrend TV in the United States and Velocity in Canada. You can check out a full list of all viewing and streaming services here. If you’re looking for a slightly less official way to watch, Reddit will have you covered.

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Motul is offering several different viewing options on YouTube, such as the full race onboard and a live view from the pit lane.

There are also live onboard cameras on the Toyota Nos. 7 and 8.

Live timing is available via Le Mans and WEC.

The full entry list is available here.

Who’s Struggling

  • No. 36 Signatech Alpine Elf: Andre Negrao stopped due to a water leak
  • No. 61 Luzich Racing: Oswaldo Negri Jr. spun at turn 1
  • No. 29 Racing Team Nederland was twice wheeled into the garage for engine repairs. It was able to return to the track.
  • No. 35 Eurasia Motorsport: Nobuyo Yamanaka spun in the gravel
  • No. 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing: Sebastien Buemi stopped with the puncture at the end of lap 14 and returned to the track, losing the lead.

Retirements So Far

  • No. 88 Dempsey-Proton Racing: Thomas Preining hit the wall at the Dunlop chicane on lap five and became the first car to retire.
  • No. 11 Eurointernational: Erik Maris suffered an electrical problem and went into the gravel. They went behind the wall and have not returned.
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Top 5 Overall

1. No. 7 Toyota Gazoo Racing
2. No. 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing
3. No. 1 Rebellion Racing
4. No. 3 Rebellion Racing
5. No. 38 Jota

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Top 5 LMP1

1. No. 7 Toyota Gazoo Racing
2. No. 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing
3. No. 1 Rebellion Racing
4. No. 3 Rebellion Racing
5. No. 4 Bykolles Racing Team

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Top 5 LMP2

1. No. 38 Jota
2. No. 32 United Autosports
3. No. 39 SO24-HAS by Graff
4. No. 22 United Autosports
5. No. 26 G-Drive Racing

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Top 5 LM GTE Pro

1. No. 97 Aston Martin Racing
2. No. 51 AF Corse
3. No. 71 AF Corse
4. No. 31 Aston Martin Racing
5. No. 92 Porsche GT Team

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Top 5 LM GTE Am

1. No. 90 TF Sport
2. No. 56 Team Project 1
3. No. 98 Aston Martin Racing
4. No. 72 HUB Auto Racing
5. No. 83 AF Corse

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Yes I drive a 240... Sort of

Wait, what? I was under the impression that Le Mans was canceled this year?