24 Hours of Le Mans: Toyota team retires after 11 hours image

Toyota team has retired the Le Mans competition after 11 hours and 134 laps, leaving the Audi team holding the top three positions.

First, British driver survived a spectacular crash when his Toyota collided with a Ferrari, the clash sending his car airborne and out of the event. The incident happened in the fifth hour at Mulsanne Corner.

The incident forced the race organisers to send out the safety car while emergency services attended the scene.

A spokesman for Toyota, who have returned to the race for the first time in 13 years, said that Davidson was not seriously hurt. [Video]

“He is walking, he is talking and he has gone to hospital,” he said.

Things then got steadily worse for the Japanese manufacturer when their second factory entry slipped 25 laps off the pace at the nine-hour mark.

Kazuki Nakajima, who was at the wheel at the time, came into contact with the Nissan DeltaWing driven by Japanese compatriot Satoshi Motoyama.

After repairs, the car returned to the track before Alexander Wurz then had to bring it back in again for a new alternator.