BMW has retained its advantage in the opening exchanges in the Nurburgring 24 Hours.
Although the polesitting #26 Marc VDS BMW Z4 GT3 was swamped at the start of the twice-around-the-clock German GT classic, and dropped back to third, it was back in the lead by the time of its first pitstop just before the hour mark.
DTM ace Martin Tomczyk led in the #20 Schubert BMW for most of the first hour, pitting on the same lap as the #26 car having just conceded the lead.
The front-row starting Black Falcon Mercedes SLS briefly grabbing the lead but overshot the first corner of the race, allowing BMW to quickly assume a 1-2-3 formation, with the Marc VDS BMW moving up to second past the second Schubert car, the #19 started by Dirk Werner.
Mercedes and Bentley have emerged as BMW’s closest opposition so far, with the #84 Bentley Continental running just behind the #19 Z4, the leaders pitting right on the one-hour mark.
The #5 Black Falcon Mercedes has actually hit the front of the race, but only by dint of not completing its mandatory pitstop time – and will receive a penalty at its next stop.