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.
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.
Different strategies change racing order
2014 winners leading Total 24 Hours of Spa