Anthony Davidson gave Peugeot the lead of the Le Mans after the fifth hour of the race.
Davidson jumped previous leader Marcel Fassler in the No. 2 Audi when Fassler came into the pits for the sixth time. Peugeot have been able to last longer between stops, and Davidson currently has a 17s lead but has only completed five stops.
Audi seemed to have the edge in raw pace, as Romain Dumas in the No. 1 R18 had closed rapidly on Davidson for second - only to dive into the pitlane before he was able to mount a full challenge on Davidson.
Dumas then suffered a spin coming through traffic at the Tertre Rouge, although he recovered in fourth position.
Simon Pagenaud in the No. 9 Peugeot is currently third, while Nicolas Minassian took over from Stephane Sarrazin in the No. 8 Peugeot, which is currently fifth.
In the petrol class, Julien Jousse took the lead in the No. 16 Pescarolo-Judd after hunting down and passing Neel Jani in the No. 11 Rebellion Racing Lola.
Dominik Kraihamer continued to stretch the No. 48 Team ORECA's lead in the LMP2 class, which is now comfortably more than three minutes to Nick Leventis in the No. 42 Strakka HPD.
Richard Westbrook meanwhile took over the leading No. 74 Corvette in the GTE Pro class, enjoying a 39s advantage over Joey Hand in the No. 56 BMW M3 GT.
Michele Rugolo led the GTE Am class in the No. 57 Ferrari 430 GT.
- The No. 3 Audi of Allan McNish crashed out of the race in the first hour having just taken second position. The Scot collected the No. 58 Luxury Racing Ferrari in the right-hander after the Dunlop Bridge. The heavy impact destroyed the car and the Scot was taken to hospital for precautionary checks, but appears to be unhurt.
- Both Aston Martin AMR Ones ran into trouble on the first lap of the race. Darren Turner spinning with mechanical trouble and Adrian Fernandez stopping out on the Mulsanne. The No. 007 car of Turner was recovered to the pits where it was discovered an alternator belt tensioner was to blame.