Another layer of Peugeot's dominance peeled away in the 12th hour of Le Mans as the second-placed ORECA 908 pitted for extended mechanical attention in the garage.
Romain Dumas now lies second for Audi, a lap behind Stephane Sarrazin in the leading Peugeot 908.
Andre Lotterer is third in the No. 8 Audi, two laps ahead of the ORECA car and the recovering No. 1 Peugeot driven by Anthony Davidson. Loic Duval brought the ORECA out of the garage in sixth place.
The number No. 7 Audi had a somewhat chaotic pitstop half way through the hour. Tom Kristensen pulled in and the team lifted the car on to the trolley and began to wheel it into the garage, then aborted the maneuver and performed a tire change before sending Kristensen on his way.
Strakka Racing remain in control of the LMP2 class thanks to a combination of faster pace and better luck than their rivals Highcroft Racing.
Nick Leventis leads in the No. 42 car by three laps from Marino Franchitti, who lost time in the 11th hour with a puncture and then had to pit for another set of new tyres at the beginning of the 12th after running wide and picking up gravel.
The GT1 class continued to be dictated by attrition and is led by the car with the fewest problems so far. The No. 50 Larbre Saleen driven by Gabriele Gardel is two laps ahead of Julien Jousse in the No. 73 Corvette. The No. 60 Ford GT that led the class until being rear-ended by a prototype lies third.
Chevrolet extended its lead in GT2. Emmanuel Collard is half a lap ahead of teammate Antonio Garcia, while the No. 77 Porsche of Marc Lieb is a lap down.