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Le Mans 24h: Drama as #7 Toyota loses lead with an hour to go

Kazuki Nakajima took the lead of the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours for the #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid crew inside the final hour after the long-time leading #7 Toyota slowed.

Le Mans 24h: Drama as #7 Toyota loses lead with an hour to go

Onboard footage showed that Lopez was stuck in third gear, with his steering wheel telling him he had a puncture, going down the Mulsanne straight, having been over two minutes clear of the #8 Toyota the lap prior.

Lopez brought the Toyota into the pits at the end of the lap, after limping for the majority of the eight-mile circuit, and handed the lead to Nakajima.

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Lopez had already served what was likely to be the penultimate stop for the Toyota near the close of the hour, stopping ahead of the #8 in what has been the conventional strategy for the manufacturer.

Since his pitstop, the car is back up to speed and lapping competitively, but is now a minute behind.

Nakajima will take the #8 Toyota to the flag after taking over from two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso following the completion of his final stint.

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