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Spa 24 Hours: Hour 2 (17.30-18.30) Lamborghini Leads, Lathouras Shunts

Race over for #50 Ferrari as Thai driver walks away from huge crash

Abuse of track limits continued to be an issue at the start of the second hour as drive-through penalties were given to the #72 (Victor Shaytar in the SMP Ferrari), #58 (Rob Bell in the Strakka McLaren) and #53 (Andrea Bertolini in the Pro-Am class Spirit of Race Ferrari).

Later in the hour, drive-through penalties were also given to the #26 Pro-Am Sainteloc Audi (Christian Kelders), the #488 Rinaldi Ferrari, also in the Pro-Am cup (Patrick van Glabeke), the #6 WRT Audi (Treluyer), the #911 Herberth Porsche (Haring), the #19 Grasser Lamborghini (Ineichen) and the #77 Barwell Lamborghini (Gavin).

The leader (Fisichella in the Kaspersky Ferrari) pitted at the end of his 27th lap and handed the car over to Marco Cioci. Fisichella reported heavy tyre wear during his stint at the wheel.

The #99 Rowe BMW (Alexander Sims driving) slowed on the track at Pouhon, with a right rear puncture. He made it safely back to the pits where the team investigated under the wheelarch.

The #912 Herberth Porsche (Daniel Alleman) was tipped into a spin at Rivage (Bruxelles) by the #78 Lamborghini driven by Phil Keen. The marshals spent some time extricating Alleman from the tyre barrier and the car was pushed away to a place of safety. Keen received a drive-through penalty for his part in the incident.

After all the leading cars had made their pit stops, it was the #63 Grasser Lamborghini that led, having had a five-second-shorter pit stop than the #55 Ferrari and left Bortolotti behind the wheel of the green Lamborghini.

Almost inevitably, the WRT Audis benefited from the pitstop cycle, with #1 (Rast staying in the car) and #2 (De Phillippi in for Mies) moving up to third and fourth behind the Lamborghini/Ferrari battle. Maxime Soulet in the #8 Bentley improved from eighth before the stops to fifth after.

Jonny Adam continued to lead the Pro-Am class, having stayed in the Oman Aston Martin at the first round of stops.

At 18:20, 1h 50m into the race, the first Full Course Yellow was called due to Pasin Lathouras hitting the wall heavily on the left-hand side on the way up to Raidillon in the #50 Ferrari, leaving a huge amount of debris (including the whole of the front-left wheel assembly) in the middle of the track.

Bortolotti in the race-leading #63 Lamborghini, just over an hour into his stint, made a beeline for the pits, as did much of the rest of the field. Having pitted somewhat early at the end of his first stint, though, he would benefit most from the race neutralisation, which became a Safety Car period after a single lap of FCY.