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Spa 24 Hours: Hours 15-16 (06.30-08.30) #1 Audi Comes To The Fore

#90 Mercedes is closest challenger, 90 seconds behind

As the sun rose higher in the sky above Spa-Francorchamps, Connor de Phillippi got Sunday morning’s proceedings going with a new fastest lap of the race, a 2:20.746 to eclipse Fisichella’s benchmark from lap three. The only car not to complete its technical stop at this point, the #85 HTP Mercedes, did so on lap 314, promoting the #1 WRT Audi to the lead for the first time in the race.

At close to 7am, de Phillippi’s best race lap was outdone by Vervisch in the sister #2 car, currently running 11th due to its overly long technical pitstop during the night. His marker didn’t last long, however, with the ‘golden hour’ conditions giving Soulet in the #8 Bentley the opportunity to lower the mark still further, to 2:20.182.

A little later, the same car was spotted with its front grille panel flapping loose, while there were also issues for the delayed #7 Bentley, which Steven Kane reported as having no ABS.

The battle for the lead of the Pro-Am class continued to bubble away, with a drive-through penalty for the #16 Black Falcon Mercedes (for speeding in the pitlane) aiding Johnny Adam’s pursuit in the Oman Aston Martin. The pair sat 12th and 13th overall with a shade under nine hours of the race remaining.