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24 Hours of LeMans

WATCH: Rain chaos hits 2023 Le Mans 24 Hours

The early stages of the Centenary event have been frantic, with rain leading to the race's second safety car period.

Le Mans Start
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Peugeot has assumed the lead of the 2023 Le Mans 24 Hours with strategies thrown up in the air by a plethora of incidents and rain.

A number of heavy crashes triggered slow zones in the opening three hours of proceedings with the #8 Toyota seemingly in command after a strong opening to the race by Sebastian Buemi.

But a deluge of rain between Indianapolis and the end of the lap, particularly at the Porsche Curves, led to carnage as drivers struggled with aquaplaning.

The #709 Glickenhaus Hypercar, #31 Prema LMP2 and the #83 Richard Mille AF Corse Ferrari LMGTE all hit the barriers at the Porsche Curves, whilst the #3 Cadillac Hypercar was lucky to escape without damage when spinning at the same spot.

This brought out the safety, with the #94 Peugeot leading the #38 Hertz Team Jota Porsche and the #50 Ferrari AF Corse.

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