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H5: Peugeot in charge as Audi crashes

#1 Peugeot, Le Mans 2010Peugeot tightened its control over this year's Le Mans 24 Hours after Audi suffered a major setback during the fifth hour.

At the start of the hour Anthony Davidson made a fuel stop and returned to the track just ahead of Stephane Sarrazin, who had previously held a narrow lead over the ex-Super Aguri Formula 1 racer.

Davidson has now handed the #1 Peugeot to Alexander Wurz, who is a handful of seconds ahead of Nicolas Minassian in the #2 car. The #4 ORECA Peugeot, currently being driven by Loic Duval, is also still within half a minute of the leader.

Audi's setback came early in the hour. Tom Kristensen, who had been holding fourth in the #7 Audi, went off avoiding the #79 BMW M3 of Andy Priaulx, which was struggling with a puncture.

The eight-time winner spun into the gravel and hit the barriers. He got the car back and a quick stop for a new rear wing got Dindo Capello back into the race in eighth, but the car is now three laps behind the leaders.

The LMP2 battle is hotting up. Nick Leventis is driving the #42 Strakka HPD, which Johnny Kane and Danny Watts had got a lap ahead of its class rivals, and is being caught rapidly by the similar #26 Highcroft machine being driven by Marco Werner.

Ex-Renault F1 driver Romain Grosjean is having his first stint in the GT1-leading #60 Matech Ford GT. He is pulling away from the #73 Luc Alphand Chevrolet Corvette of Patrice Goueslard.

The intense GT2 battle continues. Chevrolet has taken a narrow advantage back from the #82 Risi Ferrari, Emmanuel Collard having taken the #64 Corvette past Pierre Kaffer in the leading 430. The Chevrolet has just pitted, handing the lead back to Kaffer until Risi too makes its stop, expected in the next few minutes.

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Q & A: Davidson on Le Mans dramas
Davidson thrilled with performance
Peugeot surprised by reliability woes
H24: Audi cruises to victory
H23: ORECA Peugeot retires as well
H22: Audi 1-2-3 after #1 Peugeot exit
Peugeot failure ends Wurz challenge
H21: #1 Peugeot pressuring Audis
H20: Audi duo remain in control
H19: #9 Audi continues to lead
H18: Audi 1-2 leads the way
Davidson clashes with GT2 leader
H17: Audi takes control
#63 Corvette suffers engine failure
Audi: Victory is in our hands
#2 Peugeot retires from the lead
H16: #2 Peugeot continues to lead
Minassian: No concerns over reliability
H15: #2 Peugeot extends lead
#8 Audi frustrated by small delays
H14: Audi keep pressure on Peugeot
H13: #2 Peugeot stretches lead
H12: Audi closes in on lead Peugeot
H11: Recovering #1 Peugeot spins
H10: ORECA Peugeot closes on #2
H9: #2 Peugeot still in command
Kaffer rues gearbox woes
Priaulx gutted over Audi incident
H8: #1 delay puts #2 Peugeot ahead
Risi Ferrari suffers gearbox blow
Alternator glitch delays lead Peugeot
Strakka thinks class win still possible
H7: #1 Peugeot pulls away
H6: Peugeot stays in control
Q & A: Ullrich on #7 Audi's crash
Audi hits out at Priaulx over incident
Kristensen Audi delayed by accident
H4: #1 Peugeot takes race lead
McNish: Audi faster than expected
Peugeot unsure of failure cause
H3: Trouble strikes lead Peugeot
Peugeot forced to retire #3 car
H2: #2 car leads Peugeot formation
H1: #3 Peugeot leads early running
Mansell crash hampers Audi's race
Peugeots hold lead at start