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Spa 24 Hours: Fisichella Ferrari leads after six hours

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Spa 24 Hours: Fisichella Ferrari leads after six hours
Jul 29, 2017, 10:11 PM

The Ferrari shared by Giancarlo Fisichella, James Calado and Marco Cioci led the Spa 24 Hours at one-quarter distance. 

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#55 Kaspersky Motorsport Spirit Of Race Ferrari 488 GT3: Giancarlo Fisichella, Marco Cioci, James Calado
#63 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3: Mirko Bortolotti, Christian Engelhart, Andrea Caldarelli
#63 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3: Mirko Bortolotti, Christian Engelhart, Andrea Caldarelli
#63 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3: Mirko Bortolotti, Christian Engelhart, Andrea Caldarelli
#55 Kaspersky Motorsport Spirit Of Race Ferrari 488 GT3: Giancarlo Fisichella, Marco Cioci, James Calado
#50 AF Corse Spirit Of Race Ferrari 488 GT3: Pasin Lathouras, Michele Rugolo, Alessandro Pier Guidi

The AF Corse-run Kaspersky Ferrari 488 GT3 moved back to the front of the blue-riband Endurance Cup round of the Blancpain GT Series as the six-hour mark approached. 

Cioci held a 10-second advantage over Christian Engelhart in the factory Grasser Lamborghini Huracan GT3 in a car that had led the race for much of the way. 

Fisichella had converted pole position into the lead of the race and then led to the first round of pitstops. Team-mate Calado was then able to build up a lead of more than 20s over Andrea Caldarelli in the Lambo during the fourth hour, although a subsequent safety car removed that advantage. 

Behind the Lamborghini, which had been qualified second by Mirko Bortolotti, Jimmy Eriksson held third place in the for the HTP Motorsport Mercedes team. He was just under four seconds behind the Lambo in the car he shares with Maximilian Buhk and Frank Perera. 

Fourth place was held by the best of the fleet of WRT Audis with Connor de Phillippi at the wheel. 

Andy Soucek was running fifth in the #8 M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3, while the second HTP entry with Fabian Schiller driver held sixth.

The pro-am class was led by the TF Sport Aston Martin V12 Vantage shared by Jonny Adam, Ahmad Al Harthy, Euan Hankey and Salih Yoluc.

Big crash punctuates race

The race was interrupted by a series of caution periods, the first of which was triggered by a monster crash for the #50 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3. 

Thai driver Pasin Lathouras crashed heavily at Eau Rouge late in the second hour, but was able to walk from the wreck and was then given the all-clear at the circuit medical centre. 

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