This win so hoped for, Toyota went after it right from the start by perfectly
negotiating the early race despite a remarkable rain shower. Taking advantage
of the problems overwhelming the #7 and #8 Audis and those of the #1
Porsche, the Toyota camp quickly found itself in a position of strength with two
contenders for victory against just one Porsche and no Audis.
A first alert delayed the driver line-up of the #6 which remained in its box
a few minutes following an incident for Kamui Kobayashi at the karting corner.
The #5 then took the lead and benefitted from less fuel consumption to make
two fewer stops than the #2 Porsche and consequently able to carve out a gap