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Toyotas were swapping the lead midway through the Le Mans 24-Hour race Sunday with a pair of Dauer-Porsches lurking nearby.

Steven Andskar of Sweden, Georges Fouche of South Africa and Lionel Rovert of France were handling the lead Toyota followed by the Toyota of Briton Eddie Irvine, Italian Mauro Martini and American Jeff Krosnoff, who shared the driving duties of the other Toyota.The cars had taken turns in the lead since the four-hour mark, with lead changes coming on pit stops. Only 29 cars from a starting field of 48 were still running after 12 hours.

Less than a lap behind in third was a Dauer-Porsche 962 LM driven by 1985 Indianapolis 500 winner American Danny Sullivan, German Hans Stuck and Belgian Thierry Boutsen, followed by another Dauer-Porsche.

The top cars had done 172 laps on the 8.45-mile course, averaging about 121.2 mph. At that rate, last year's record distance of 375 laps and 3,175 miles won't be challenged. Peugeots went 1-2-3 in 1993 and 1-2 the previous year but turned to Formula One racing this year.