Spa 24: Mercedes takes advantage of Audi's misfortune

The past few hours have not been kind to Audi as the Spa 24 Hours passes midnight.

Spa 24: Mercedes takes advantage of Audi's misfortune
#99 Rowe Racing Mercedes SLS AMG GT3: Nico Bastian, Daniel Juncadella, Stef Dusseldorp
#1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS: Laurens Vanthoor, René Rast, Markus Winkelhock
#8 Bentley Team M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3: Maximilian Buhk, Andy Soucek, Maxime Soulet

As midnight fell at the Spa 24 Hours, Mercedes led the pack thanks to the ROWE Racing car of Stef Dusseldorp/Nico Bastian/Dani Juncadella.

An off by race leader Laurens Vanthoor late in the evening cost his Audi five laps, the Belgian ace citing a self-induced error in traffic as the cause of the off. That allowed the Mercedes to take the lead ahead of the Pro Am Ferrari 458 Italia of Gianmaria Bruni/Alessandro Pierguidi/Pasin Lathouras/Stephane Lemeret and the Audi of Stephane Ortelli/Frank Stippler/Nico Muller, while the better-placed Marc VDS BMW Z4 ran fourth with Maxime Martin back at the wheel.

All of the leading Pro Cup cars were out of the points at the six-hour mark, the most significant result being retirement for Bentley number 7 of Steven Kane and Guy Smith after Andy Meyrick crashed it at Les Combes.

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