Manthey Porsche 911  doing battle with a Mercedes SLS

What a difference 4 hours can make! Well actually what a difference a few minutes can make - just after 8pm, the Farnbacher Ferrari came into the pits with a suspension problem - handing the lead to the Porsche Hybrid.

The Hybrid's held on the lead wasn't for long though - it suffered a gear box issue around 8:40, and lost 9 laps, whilst it was being repaired.

#32 Heico Mercedes SLS is running 2nd currently

Since then there has been a tussle at the front between various Mercedes SLS AMGs, and the Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

#18 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR is currently leading.

The Manthey car looks the stronger, but lost 30 seconds due to the fuel being turned off when it came in to pit.

What should also not be overlooked is the three Audis in P4-P6, waiting to pounce on any trouble ahead.

Audi R8 LMS are placed in P4-P6. This one #16 Phoenix Racing, is 4th

Interesting Facts:

  • Only the top 7 are on the lead lap
  • Each of the top 4 cars, is a different make (Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, Audi)
  • Stucks are up to 10th!
  • Golf GT 24s have dropped back - closest one is about 2 laps behidn the leaders

#76 Schubert BMW Z4 is running 3rd

Top 10 overall after 8 hours:

1: #18 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Lieb/Bernhard/Dumas/Luhr)
2: #32 Heico Motorsport Mercedes SLS AMG (Arnold/Margartis/Brück/Frankenhout)
3: #76 Team Schubert BMW Z4 (Sandström/Milner/Larsson/Hürtgen)
4: #16 ABT Sports Line Audi R8 LMS ( Ekström/Scheider/Werner/Abt)
5: #15 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS ( Stippler/Hennerici/Haase/Winkelhock)
6: #14 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS (Basseng/Fässler/Piccini/Stippler)
7: #1 BMW Motorsport BMW M3 GT (Müller/Farfus/Alzen/Lamy)
8: #12 Wochenspiegel Team Manthey Porsche 911 GT3 MR ( Weiss/Kainz/Jacobs/Krumbach)
9: #8 Haribo Team Manthey Porsche GT3 R (Westbrook/Menzel/Sturgsberg/Riegel)
10: #34 Reiter Engineering Lamborghini Gallardo LP600 (Stuck/Stuck/Stuck/Rostek)