Toyota holds top 2 spots in opening hour at 24 Hours of Le Mans

By on June 14, 2014

Photo by Wonker / Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Wonker / Wikimedia Commons

LE MANS, France—Chasing its first win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota held the top two spots after the opening two laps on Saturday.

Alexander Wurz’s Toyota No. 7 started from pole position on the grid and had a lead of 2.6 seconds over Nicolas Lapierre’s Toyota No. 8, which overtook Neel Jani’s Porsche No. 14 in the second lap.

Andre Lotterer’s Audi No. 2 climbed to fourth place, followed by Marco Bonanomi’s Audi No. 3 and Tom Kristensen’s Audi No. 1.

Audi won nine of the last 10 races at Le Mans, including the last four. Porsche is returning to Le Mans after a 16-year absence in the top category.

A total of 54 cars started the 82nd edition of the race, which ends on Sunday at 1300 GMT.