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15:00 - VICTORY FOR TOYOTA #7!

It's victory for Toyota #7 and Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2021!
Le Mans 24hr
Highlights: Toyota #7 triumph at Le Mans with Kobayashi, Conway and Lopez victorious
22/08/2021 AT 22:49
What a triumph for the trio and the team. A fabulous finish and there are tears in the eyes of Conway and Lopez as Kobayashi comes through at last.
Thank you for your company on this live! We have much more reaction and videos to come on eurosport.co.uk...

Emotional scenes as victorious Kobayashi is greeted by Toyota #7 team

What on earth was going on here on the finish line with the chequered flag waver almost getting hit?

'That's a little bit rude!' - Man waving chequered flag almost gets hit by car at Le Mans finish

14:30 - One last push!

Kobayashi comes in for one final short stop and now he's ready to go for the final 30 mins in style to, hopefully for him and Toyota #7, seal the deal!
Can anyone stop him and Toyota #7 from sealing glory?

14:00 - Another yellow flag

There's a full-course clear up operation currently ongoing as Makowiecki's rear diffuser causing a right mess.
Plenty of debris after some brake issues there and this will be an interruption in the final hour.

13:45 - Final hour approaches

We are right at the business end of this iconic race now - just over an hour to go!
Britain's Mike Conway has taken the #7 Toyota as far as he can and Kobayashi takes over for one final push after a quick stop!

12:45 - Conway in the seat for Toyota #7

Britain's Mike Conway is in the driver's seat for Toyota #7 - the car which continues to lead the way in this famous endurance race.
Jose Maria Lopez delivered a fine stint for the team before making way for Conway with just over two hours remaining...

12:00 - Toyota hold firm with three hours left

There are now *just* three hours remaining in this year's edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
This is where we stand and with which driver in each of the leading cars...
  • 1 - Toyota #7 (Conway)
  • 2 - Toyota #8 (Hartley)
  • 3 - Alpine #36 (Vaxiviere)
  • 4 - Glickenhaus #708 (Mailleux)
  • 5 - Glickenhaus #709 (Dumas)

11:20 - 'It's a very tough race!'

Francois Perrodo has given his latest thoughts to Eurosport after a big night stint at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

'It's a very tough race!' - Perrodo with latest thoughts at Le Mans

11:00 - Four hours remaining

Hartley pits as the #8 Toyota goes in for some repairs and tweaks with mechanics working on the car.
The stop appears somewhat significant in that it restores the one-lap lead held by the #7 Toyota.

10:15 - Green and go

The Le Mans marshals do some sterling work as the track is cleared up and now we have a green flag at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

10:00 - Yellow flag

Repairs are needed to the track and so a full yellow flag intervenes.

09:00 - 'Not again!'

This (below video) was the dramatic moment the Toyota #7 slid off the track as Kobayashi was left 'in trouble' at Le Mans.
The Toyota was able to late regain the lead and this is where we stand:
  • 1 - Toyota #7 (Kobayashi)
  • 2 - Toyota #8 (Buemi)
  • 3 - Alpine #36 (Negrao)
  • 4 - Glickenhaus #708 (Mailleux)
  • 5 - Glickenhaus #709 (Dumas)

'Not again!' - Toyota #7 slides off track as Kobayashi 'in trouble' at Le Mans

08:30 - 'So far so good'

With six-and-a-half hours remaining, here's the verdict from Mike Conway: "So far so good on our side but there's still a long way to go."

08:00 - Toyota still lead

Welcome back to our live updates from the 24 Hours of Le Mans!
As the hours have gone by, the #7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid continues to extend its lead with #8 in second place.

23:00 - Eight hours done

That's it for Eurosport's coverage until the morning. Thanks for reading so far, and doubtless there is plenty of action to come overnight, and in the finale. You can of course watch live coverage on the feed throughout.

22:32 - United Autosports crash

Here is the dramatic moment from earlier when two United Autosport drivers managed to crash into one another.

‘This is going to change the whole race!’ – United Autosports contenders smash into one another

22:02

21:35 - Safety car out for third time

As the race stewards repair a barrier the yellow flag and safety car is out again, holding up the pace of the race for a few minutes, at least.

21:15 - Davidson crash snippet

From earlier, you can see just how severe the crash was at that time.

‘He is lucky the car is in one piece!’ – Davidson ‘lost it’ at the Dunlop chicane

20:50 - Back out racing now

Jose Lopez in the #7 Toyota, with Hartley still in the number eight.
In third is Mattieu Vaxiviere in the Alpine ETF Matmut.
In fourth place is the leading LMP2 Julien Canal in a Panis, number 65.
In 12th is the is the LMP2 P/A for Realteam Racing, with the AF Corse for the LM GTE Pro, and in 21 is at TF Sport.

20:20 - Safety car is out

Sophia Florsch's car is struck and she spins out. The problem is here, that her car isn't budging. She says it stalls, and she talks on her phone about the problems. It brings the safety car out.

19:31 - Top 3

  • #8 - Toyato Gazoo Racing - Kamui Kobayashi
  • #7 - Toyota Gazoo Racing - Brendon Hartley - 18.072 behind
  • #36 - Alpine ELF Matmut - Andre Negrao - 3:32.753 behind

19:10 - Reports of rain

It's been a constant worry, but teams are informing their drivers to be on the lookout for a downpour.

18:36 - Gomes appears to be ok

18:19 - Gomes crash

Marcos Gomes in the Aston Martin has to be extracted after a huge smash into the hoardings. The yellow flag is out now as the martials try to resolve the situation.

18:14 - Hartley steps in

Brendan Hartley has stepped in for the #8 Toyota, and Andre Negrao is in the #36 Alpine.
In pole the new driver is Kamui Kobayashi for the #7 Toyota.

17:54 - Davidson back in business

But he's way down, in 19th position in class.

17:42 - Jota skids out

Coming up to the Dunlop chicane, Anthony Davidson flies off into the gravel in his #38 Jota. The LMP2 leader - or ex-leader now - is waiting to by picked up and plopped back into action.

17:10 - Top 3 standings

Here we are for now, Buemi is on top:
  • #8 - Toyato Gazoo Racing - Sebastian Buemi
  • #7 - Toyota Gazoo Racing - Mike Conway
  • #36 - Alpine ELF Matmut - Nicolas Lapierre

16:50 - LM GTE standings

The top rider in the the LM GTE Pro is the AF Corse, with Daniel Serra in #52.
In the LM GTE Am, is Julien Andlauer in the Dempsey - Proton Racing #88.

16:30 - Hypercars now top the podium places

After the unusual sight of a LMP2 car occupying one of the top spots, we're now back to normal proceedings:
  • #7 - Toyota Gazoo Racing - Mike Conway
  • #8 - Toyato Gazoo Racing - Sebastian Buemi
  • #36 - Alpine ELF Matmut - Nicolas Lapierre
The highest-placed LMP2 car is now Nyck De Vries in the #26 G Drive Racing.

16:22 - Rain incoming

Miguel Molina takes first in the GTE Pro with his AF Corse.
Now, for the whole pack, there is the worry as reports of more rain comes in. With everyone on slicks, that could pose a bother.

16:10 - Conway stretches lead

Conway is a minute ahead now. Buemi is attempting to drag him closer but he remains in third. But it looks promising for the Toyota pair. If they can work together and not spend too much energy fighting for the lead, they could profit here.

16:00 - Top 3 after an hour

Here we are, then
  • #7 - Toyota Gazoo Racing - Mike Conway
  • #38 - Jota - Antonio Da Costa
  • #8 - Toyato Gazoo Racing - Sebastian Buemi

15:55 - Dramatic start

WATCH - Formation lap gets under way at 24 Hours of Le Mans

15:42 - Top 3

As it stands, Mike Conway in the #7 Toyota leads, the Jota - number 38 - with Antonio Da Costa in second, and Olivier Pla is third in the Glickenhaus Racing #708.

15:37 - De Vries

Formula E driver Nyck De Vries launches an attack and moves into third in the LMP2. First place over all is still held by the #7 Toyota.

15:27 - Buemi mounts a comeback

Buemi is on the charge into 41s as he looks to get back towards the top end of the race again after his early slip-up.

15:21 - Corvette take 1-2

In the GTE Pro, both 64 and 63 of Corvette Racing are in first and second respectively.
Across the course there seem to be a number of cars struggling with various ailments. 15 or more cars have left the track at one point or another.
The 36 Alpine spins and is struggling to restart. The car was firing through a corner on cold tires, and they spun and twirled him for a loop.

WATCH - Fernando Alonso creates history with first F1 drive on Le Mans circuit

15:15 - The race proper is go

Now that they've had another formation lap to clear the track, the safety car has peeled off and the race is really starting now with mist and attacking everywhere. Early, number 8 is spun around as a group of cars come together.
Buemi suddenly stops on the side of the track after having continued difficulties, and the #36 Corvette is coming into second now.

15:00 - The race gets underway

With the track still very wet, there's an extra formation lap but the race has indeed technically started. It will dry the track out a little bit with the rain having stopped.

The world’s most iconic endurance motorsports race

The build-up to the jewel in the year’s endurance racing crown – the 24 Hours of Le Mans – starts with an exclusive 30 minute documentary to premiere on Eurosport and available to stream via discovery+ from Monday 16 August. Featuring interviews with drivers past and present, journalists and motorsport identities of years gone by, Race to Le Mans outlines in detail what make this particular event what it is today.
Alongside presenters Lesly Boitrelle and Guenaelle Longly, nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen and Top Gear USA’s Jethro Bovingdon will front Discovery’s programming, which will include live coverage of Free Practice, Qualifying and the race itself, which is set to feature some of motorsport’s best-known superstars, including Paul Di Resta, Anthony Davidson, Robert Kubica, Juan Pablo Montoya and Kazuki Nakajima.
While Eurosport will offer exclusive coverage of 24 Hours of Le Mans across its channels and digital platforms in more than 50 markets across Europe and Indian Subcontinent region, Discovery’s MotorTrend TV will show exclusive coverage for US viewers with the action available on Velocity in Canada. Discovery’s recently launched global streaming service discovery+ will also screen the race via Eurosport and MotorTrend TV in available markets.
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