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Toyota holds early lead at Le Mans

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LE MANS, France (AP) — 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.