Porsches dominate Nurburgring with 12 hours to go

We've reached the halfway point in the Eifel Mountains.

After 12 and a quarter hours, Porsches dominate the top seven spots, with the Land Motorsport car having just given up first place with a rear-axle problem to the No. 1 Manthey Porsche, who have completed the monumental task of unlapping themselves three times after being in 213th place a little over 12 hours ago.

#1 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: Timo Bernhard, Marc Lieb, Romain Dumas, Marcel Tiemann.
Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt.

These two are a lap ahead of the Paragon Porsche, still running a conservative race, that so far is paying off. Just behind is a slew of Porsches, prepared by Olaf Manthey's team; the Nos. 23, 121, 25 and 26.

In eighth place, the ORMS Racing Z4 is now the sole remaining BMW trying to keep the Stuttgart marque from shutting out the top 10 after the Schubert Z4 was involved in a major crash with Stian Sorlie taken to hospital in Adenau for medical examinations. Just after the eighth hour, the car flipped at Hatzenbach coming to rest on its roof.

After a long time out front, the Hisaq Porsche was forced to give up the lead just before the halfway mark when Richard Westbrook brought the No. 4 car into the pits to fix a problem with the gearbox. The team is still trying to solve the issue and have dropped to 10th place and keep falling.

Another victim of the night was the Alzen Porsche. The car came to a stop in the Kesselchen area with a broken drive shaft but the team was able to retrieve the car as the regulations allow and bring it back to the pits for repairs. After two hours in the pits, Christian Menzel was finally back on track but now in 100th place.

Also, after making their way back to the top 20 after electrical problems, the Zakspeed Viper had a major collision after avoiding a BMW M3 during the small hours of the night, forcing Sascha Bert into the barriers hard, effectively ending the local team's chances at victory this year.

All of these incidents for the big boys has allowed smaller class cars to get close to the top 10. The BMW 320d of Augusto Farfus and J?rg M?ller are in 11th while the Scirocco No. 118 is 13th and the Falken Motorsports Nissan Z33 in 14th. Also of note, the No. 117 Volkswagen of Carlos Sainz is now in 22nd after encountering an alignment problem and a crooked steering wheel.