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Audi Leads, Manthey Porsche Chasing Hard Into Final Hour

Penalties play a part and yet more top 10 dramas

Comedy and Tragedy moments into Hour 22. First, the 3rd in SP10 #74 BMW M4 GT4 comes off the Nordschleife with the Bonnet obscuring the windscreen, Rudi Adams attempting to get to the pits but instead ramming the pit entry wall, and hooking the car onto the armco, finally making it to the pit crew.

Beyond that the #73 KKraemer Ginetta, chasing hard to close the gap to the stricken BMW is dealt a 92 second time penalty, non-respect of speed limit during flag signals

Even more significantly Nico Bastian, aboard the 3rd placed #6 Black Falcon AMG is off the road at some speed at the Eis Kurve, the driver is out of the car and the #6 begins to drop down the order and is towed to a place of safety, their charge for a podium is done!

And almost immediately the #29 Audi, then running third, is in trouble a shredded right rear at The Karussel and major body damage as the tyre flails, van der Linde trying to get the car to the pits, but the car stopping out on circuit, the driver out of the car and distraught, they are done.

The #911 meanwhile takes its 5 minutes 32-second penalty and loses the lead as a result, the #4 Phoenix Audi to the fore at just before 13:15, after over 14 hours in the lead for the #911 and only the sixth lead change of the race.

After the penalty is served, Laurens Vanthoor climbs aboard the Porsche, still second.

Next to hit trouble was the fifth-placed #16 GetSpeed AMG begins to tumble down the order as Renger van der Zande is in trouble at Bergwerk and stationary.

The new leader had a 65-second advantage after their penultimate routine stop but Vanthoor was chomping into that.

Next to get a major penalty was the #18 GetSpeed AMG, currently running 6th, but will be parked for 6 minutes and 7 seconds for a Code 60 infringement, Philip Ellis will also get two points on his license.

And then it was Klaus Bachler, 14th place in the #44 Falken Porsche who lost the car at high speed coming onto the Dottinger Hohe and clattered the barrier, the front bodywork and splitter torn from the car.

Into the final hour the lead is relatively stable, 36 seconds, with a stop apiece for the battling duo, Likely to be Dries Vanthoor vs Kevin Estre to the finish.

The 4th placed #14 Audi is the latest to get a penalty, 87 seconds for too rapid a pitstop.

And as we get into the final hour the #911 Porsche makes its final routine stop, Estre climbs aboard.