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Walkenhorst Leads Into Final Hour At Spa

Tight at the top as the race winds down

As the leaders contemplated their final stops the #25 Audi Sport Team Sainteloc Audi of Frederic Vervisch was shaping up for a strong finish, closing in to 3.2 seconds behind Alexander Sims’ second place #99 BMW, which made its scheduled stop. Vervisch was seen crawling out of the Paul Frere curve though, down on power, or perhaps fuel having pushed so hard. The #25 car made it to his pit but had lost vital track time.

This brought the #4 Black Falcon Mercedes back into play, Stolz elevated to second place and then taking the lead for the first time as Sims and Eng began their exit from the pit lane. The #4 Mercedes dived for the pits on the next lap.

The order settled back as it was before the stops, Eng’s #34 BMW 10.6 seconds ahead of Sims’ #99 Rowe car, which had gained a little with 40 minutes to go. The Audis were running 15 seconds back, Kelvin Van der Linde’s #29 Land Motorsport R8 now 22 seconds clear of Vervisch’s #25 Sainteloc car in a switch of order.

Stolz’s Mercedes was poised for anything affecting the leading four, 13.5 seconds adrift.

In the other classes, there were no other key changes heading into the final dash to the flag. The #333 Rinaldi Racing Ferrari led the Pro-Am division,the #12 Ombra Lamborghini sat atop the Silver Cup and the #77 Barwelll Huracan was out front in Am.