Spa: Hour 8 report

After eight hours of racing, night has fallen over Spa-Francorchamps. With one third of the race distance done, the nr 11 GPC Giesse Squadra Corse Ferrari 575 M Maranello has taken the lead. The nr 2 BMS Ferrari is back in second place, while its...

After eight hours of racing, night has fallen over Spa-Francorchamps. With one third of the race distance done, the nr 11 GPC Giesse Squadra Corse Ferrari 575 M Maranello has taken the lead. The nr 2 BMS Ferrari is back in second place, while its sister car has dropped down to eighth after going off into the barriers. The leading G2 car, the nr 143 BMW M3 GTR of Lamy, Garcia, Mollekens and Priaulx, has inherited third place overall, just in front of the N-GT leader, the nr 77 Freisinger Yukos Motorsport Porsche, and its sister car nr 50.

As the fireworks lit up the night sky, the fight between the three Ferrari cars - the nr 11 GPC Giesse Squadra Corse Ferrari 575 M Maranello and the two BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 550 Maranello cars - continued throughout most of the last four hours. The nr 1 Ferrari 550 Maranello, which was leading at the four-hour point, had to pit with frontal damage on lap 105, having grass removed from the car. This promoted the nr 11 GPC Ferrari into the lead. The three leading cars, all on the same lap, were fighting hard. The nr 2 Ferrari had a spin at La Source on lap 122. Pit stops promoted the nr 1 back into the lead by lap 125, but on lap 131, the nr 11 retook the front spot as the nr 1 pitted in its turn. From this point onwards, the nr 11 remained dominant.

After six hours, the first points were allocated, with Babini, Peter, Salo and Vosse of the nr 11 GPC Ferrari taking 5 points each, while car nr 1 was given four points for second place and its sister car nr 2 got three points, helping BMS increase its lead in the Teams' classification. In N-GT, the five points for the leading car went to Vasiliev, Bernhard and Bergmeister of the nr 77 Freisinger Porsche. Four points were awarded to car nr 50, which saw Ortelli and Collard increase their points lead in the Championship to Maassen and Luhr, who only took 0.5 points for coming eighth in their class after having struggled with various problems. Lucas Luhr said: "First one of the tyre nuts came lose and we lost two laps because of that. Then we were just catching up again and regained third position, when I caught some oil on the double left-hand corner going down hill and I lost the car. We lost about ten laps in the pits. Right now, things are not going so well, but the race is still very long." The three points for third place were given to nr 77 Gruppe M Porsche.

Shortly before midnight, the nr 1 car, driven by Bobbi, Gardel, Livio and De Castro, was pushed into the garage, with damage at the front of the car, after hitting debris and going off into the barriers. Livio was at the wheel at the time. This promoted the leading G2 car, the nr 143 BMW M3 GTR of Lamy, Garcia, Mollekens and Priaulx, into third place overall, while the nr 11 GPC Ferrari remained in the lead, ahead of the nr 2 BMS Ferrari.

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Lucas Luhr