Le Mans 24 Hours: Kamui Kobayashi holds lead over Fernando Alonso

Kamui Kobayashi edged the #7 Toyota crew closer to a maiden Le Mans 24 Hours victory by maintaining a 2m10s advantage over the sister #8 car of Fernando Alonso

Le Mans 24 Hours: Kamui Kobayashi holds lead over Fernando Alonso

The car Kobayashi shares with Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez has led the vast majority of this year's race, and ended the 22nd hour still with more than two minutes in hand.

Both TS050s made two scheduled stops during the 22nd hour, as Toyota closes in on a second successive one-two finish at Le Mans.

SMP's #11 car retained a comfortable three-lap advantage over the #1 Rebellion-Gibson R-13 in the battle for the final podium position.

Vitaly Petrov replaced Mikhail Aleshin in the car that started the race fifth in the first 10 minutes of the hour.

The #3 Rebellion - the final LMP1 car still running - was fifth at the end of the hour with Thomas Laurent at the wheel.

LMP2 - Signatech-Alpine one lap clear

Signatech-Alpine retains its one lap advantage in LMP2 with two hours remaining, Andre Negrao continuing to lead Gabriel Aubry's #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA.

Matthieu Vaxiviere was 1m46s behind Aubry in the #28 TDS Racing ORECA at the hour mark in a comfortable third place, with the crew's Bronze-graded gentleman driver Francois Perrodo having completed his minimum drive-time by the mid-way point in the hour.

Vaxiviere is a further lap ahead of the battle for fourth, which ebbed and flowed between the #22 United Autosports Ligier and #30 Duquiene Engineering ORECA.

Paul di Resta replaced Filipe Albuquerque aboard the Ligier and was promptly passed by Romain Dumas, but regained the place when Dumas handed over to Pierre Ragues.

IDEC Sport's #48 ORECA continues to hold sixth with Paul Lafargue at the wheel, two minutes ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne in the recovering #26 G-Drive Racing ORECA - which had been comfortably in the lead until it lost 20 minutes in the pits struggling to restart following a routine pitstop in the 19th hour.

GTE - Ferrari in charge

The GTE Pro field continued to be led by the AF Corse Ferrari of Daniel Serra, who holds a commanding lead of over a minute.

The Ferrari made its decisive move in the previous hour after the Corvette crash and a well-timed safety car, meaning Serra has only had to manage the gap back to the #91 Porsche of Frederic Makowiecki and the #93 Porsche of Patrick Pilet.

Ford continues to lock out fourth to seventh positions.

The Keating Motorsports privateer Ford continues to lead GTE Am, although the gap is now just over a minute back to Jorg Bergmeister in the #56 Team Project 1 Porsche.

Positions after 22 hours

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