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Challenging night hours during the Total 24 Hours of Spa

29 July 2018

With 12 hours to go in the Total 24 Hours of Spa the #34 Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW leads the Total 24 Hours of Spa, with a slender lead over the #4 Mercedes-AMG Team Black Falcon car. Just before the 11-hour mark, the race was red-flagged following an incident involving the #666 Attempto Racing Lamborghini and the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley.

A number of frontrunners suffered problems during the second quarter of the Total 24 Hours of Spa, with the #8 Bentley had steering problems, the #98 Rowe Racing BMW having alternator issues and the #62 R-Motorsport Aston Martin needing a brake change. Just after one o'clock on Sunday morning the #114 Emil Frey Lexus had a hard contact with the tyre barriers at Eau Rouge, with Stéphane Ortelli at the wheel. The Monegasque driver was taken to hospital for medical check-ups.

With just over 13 hours a new incident involving the #666 Attempto Lamborghini and the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley happened at the Raidillon corner. To give the medical assistance crews and track marshalls the opportunity to attend to the incident, the race was red-flagged. Drivers Jürgen Krebs and Andy Meyrick were conscious when taken out of their cars and brought to the medical centre. After an interruption of one hour, the race was restarted,

In the Silver Cup the lead was still the subject of a duel between the #12 Ombra Racing Lamborghini and the #78 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini, while the lead in Pro-Am Cup was still firmly in the hands of the #42 Strakka Racing Mercedes-AMG.

The #77 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini continued to lead the Am Cup, but the #188 Garage 59 McLaren, class winner of the previous two rounds of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, had clawed its way back to second. Due to severe technical issues to the SpeedLover Porsche, the Groupe National lead remained in the hands of the GDL Racing Lamborghini.