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FIA World Endurance Championship leader Anthony Davidson has targeted a points finish at Le Mans after hopes for victory all but disappeared early in the race.

After 13 hours, the #8 TS040 Hybrid he shared with Nicolas Lapierre and Sebastien Buemi was in sixth place, 12 laps behind the leader and the last car in the LMP1-H category for manufacturers.

With double points on offer at the 24 Hours, the trio are in danger of losing their lead in the WEC as their team-mates in the second Toyota, Alexander Wurz, Stephane Sarrazin and Kazuki Nakajima, have been leading for eight hours and could pick up 50 points if they reach the chequered flag first. Davidson, Lapierre and Buemi currently hold a 16-point advantage in the drivers championship.

"The task now for the #8 is to score as many points as possible for the World Championship," Davidson said. "We are pushing as hard as we can and we will try to get the best result possible. My stint was cut short a bit; after my second stop I felt something wasn't right on the left rear so we had to pit early."

Before the race, Davidson had told AOL Cars how victory at Le Mans would leave him in a much better position to fight for the WEC title but was pragmatic when it came to the realities of the tough endurance classic.

"You don't want to be throwing away double points by having a DNF, so it is a race to finish more than ever to pick up those points," he said.