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Dramas Overnight, More Drama Still Coming Into Dawn!

Race leading AMG and Lamborghini out, Silver Cup leading Lamborghini out

There have been multiple race-ending incidents and plenty of meteorological challenges for the leading runners in the 2020 Total Spa 24 Hours overnight with the race leading cars from Akka ASP (the #88 AMG GT3) and FFF Racing (the #63 Lamborghini Huracan) with eliminated, Felipe Fraga suffering a catastrophic brake failure at Les Combes that saw the front left wheel part company, the subsequent damage seeing the car retired in the pits.

The exit for the Lamborghini was no less dramatic, Dennis Lind caught out by the greasy conditions at Eau Rouge/ Raidillon around dawn and spearing off to hit the inside barrier hard – the #63 out on the spot – both of the battling duo were out.

Martin Tomczyk was another one to preside over a retirement, the #35 Walkenhorst BMW into the wall overnight.

And the long time Am class leading Raton racing Lamborghini out too after suffering a mechanical failure.

Into daylight and soon after the Lind incident Chris Goodwin was caught out by the slippery track at Raidillon, he spun the Pro-Am leading #188 Aston Martin which led to a spin in avoidance from Daniel Alleman in the #991 Herberth Porsche, the 911 hitting the wall hard with debris galore – next in the chain was the luckless Alec MacDowall who, with debris everywhere, went for a gap that closed to the inside, the Silver Cup leading Barwell Lamborghini, hit hard and out on the spot too!

That little lot and more saw the top positions reshuffled, the #51 Ferrari moving into the lead for a period overnight and still running strongly in a six car leading group, the #4 AMG, #98, #12 and #54 Porsches, #66 and #25 Audis, #51 and #72 Ferraris on the lead lap.

The leading Bentley, and the Honda, that had been on the lead lap both dropped back with tyre choices in changeable conditions overnight and the #47 KCMG lost 5 laps with a front upright repair.

With the remaining runners released after caution period for the three-car incident at Raidillon there was a further incident, the #52 Ferrari out after going hard into the wall, Louis Machiels apparently OK.

Then, as the 18-hour mark approached there was a bit of Safety Car mayhem as Race Control tried to get the race back underway but the process of picking up the leading car was initially mis-timed, all credit to the Race Director by delaying the release of the field to allow the Safety Car time to find the leader in the field, a process complicated somewhat by the leading pair of Audis pitting for fuel just as they were caught by the Safety car.

All was eventually well, the order at the restart #25, 66, 52, 12, 72, 98, 4, 54, Haase in the Sainteloc car having leapfrogged the Drudi-pedalled Attempto Audi in the quick splash pitstops under the Safety Car.

The new leader in Pro-Am was the #23 Sky Tempesta Ferrari, just ahead of the #188 Garage59 Aston Martin, with inside the top 20.

The elimination of the Silver Cup leading Barwell Lamborghini put the #5 HRT AMG into the class lead with a lap gap to the #84 HTP Mercedes.

The sole remaining runner in AM meanwhile is the #108 CMR Bentley!

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