The streets of Adelaide were renowned for being tough on cars during the Formula One era, but the DAMS Cadillac team hadn't thought it would be this tough.
With the "crocodile Audi" continuing to lead after three hours, both France-based Cadillac prototype cars were forced out of the race, one with steering problems, the other with an engine dilemma.
The Panoz of Johnny O'Connell and Hiroki Katoh also struck dramas. "We have had brake problems as well as a sticking throttle," O'Connell said. "Added to that we also broke a driveshaft which has cost us quite a few laps, but we are continuing to push on."
More drama on track included the #0 Rafanelli Lola losing a wheel at Stag Corner and GT favourite Hans Stuck, Boris Said and Johannes van Overbeek forced out of the race with a blown clutch.
Dominique Dupuy continues to hold the lead in the GTS division aboard the Chrysler Viper. Dupuy, Karl Wendlinger and Olivier Beretta are still looking strong to claim a (US) $450,000.00 bonus for the Oreca team for winning three of the four major races of the year.
Lucas Luhr was at the wheel of the lead Dick Barbour Racing Porsche in front after three hours, with team-mate Bob Wollek one lap adrift.
<pre> RESULTS - HOUR THREE
1. Dindo Capello, Audi 112 laps
2. Emanuele Pirro, Audi 111 laps
3. Greg Murphy, Panoz 109 laps
GTS DIVISION 1. Dominique Dupuy, 6th outright Chrysler Viper 99 laps
2. Ni Amorin, 7th Chrysler Viper 98 laps
3. Stephen Watson, 15th Chrysler Viper 91 laps
GT DIVISION 1. Lucas Luhr 8th outright Porsche GT3-R 98 laps
2. Bob Wollek 9th Porsche GT3-R 97 laps
3. Mike Fitzgerald 10th Porsche GT3-R 97 laps