With an hour to go in the 2020 Nürburgring 24 Hours the battle for the lead, and for the podium places, is on a knife-edge. There were twists aplenty for the leading group, the #1 Audi, still cycling round to the lead on its fuel stints, still out of step with the rest of the leading group, a 32 second stop/ go penalty for an earlier pitstop infringement though would not help their push for the win.
There was a spirited battle for third with two hours to go as Mathieu Jaminet in the #31 Frikadelli Porsche looking for a way by (or at times through) the #99 ROWE BMW of Philipp Eng with several physical reminders of his presence delivered to the rear end of the M6!
The next incident saw the end of the race for the #9 GetSpeed AMG, Fabian Schiller in the barrier at Hatzenbach, getting back underway but eventually calling it a day, for the second time for the car after its heavy shunt before the red flag, unable to get the car back, front left corner damage.
Also in trouble was Jörg Bergmeister in the #18 KCMG Porsche, a left rear puncture seeing him come to the pits slowly but requiring the assistance of the team to get the stricken car to its pit stall.
90 minutes to go and the rain came once again, almost the whole lead group opting to pit for wets after a number of cars had off-track incidents, including the #30 Frikadelli Porsche, Klaus Abbelen hard into the armco but getting the car back for attention.
The outlier though was the leading #3 Audi, Haase stayed out and it looked to have been an error, the chasing BMW managing to lap 20 seconds faster than the leading car INCLUDING its tyre stop!
Haase emerged back in second after pitting next time around with a 50-second deficit as Nicky Catsburg made good his escape in the #99 ROWE BMW.
The Audi though got down to the task in hand immediately, the gap tumbling as the final hour beckoned!
Behind another man on the move was Augusto Farfus up to fourth ahead of Wittmann, #42 Schnitzer BMW ahead of the #98 ROWE machine.