The first hour of the raced passed with the Safety Car still out and it was lap twenty-seven before the green flag was shown, once again Paul quickly passed the LMP3 and LMGTE cars ahead of him and within a lap he was lying fifteenth but second of the cars that had made two pitstops. The Racing Engineering Oreca was now involved in a close battle with the DragonSpeed Oreca with the two cars separated by less than a second. By lap thirty-eight several of the LMP2 cars were now taking their second pitstop and Paul was lying eleventh and he passed the DragonSpeed car when it had an incident with a LMP3 car and he was now leading the “two-stop” cars in eighth position.
As the ninety minute mark passed, Paul was up to seventh which soon became second, thirteen seconds behind the leader and first of the “two-stop” runners but on lap forty-seven he pitted the Racing Engineering car for the third time and Olivier Pla replaced him in the driving seat. Olivier was now ninth but first of, what was now, the “three-stop” cars, and on lap fifty there was another Safety Car period which saw a flurry of pitstops for the “two-stop” cars which was unlucky for the Racing Engineering car as they lost less time with their stop than the Spanish team who had stopped under normal racing conditions. The race reached two hours, the half-way point, with Olivier in seventh, eleven seconds behind the leader and with three cars ahead who had yet to take their third stop as the Safety Car returned to the pits.