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Hours 22 & 23: Advantage Porsche, ROWE Racing & Nick Tandy!

At the restart following the recovery of the #33 it was the #25 leading with the #66, 51, 72, 98, 4, 12, 54, all on the lead lap, then the #22, 29, 163 and 99 all a lap down.

Nick Tandy meanwhile was on the move and made his way to fourth and was charging.

Fred Vervisch was soon back to the lead ahead of Boccolacci in a move that looked planned.

There were dramas meanwhile at La Source Fred Makowiecki hit by Maro Engel and spun at La Source, the #22 Frikadelli Porsche dropping a couple of positions in recovery.

And there was drama too for Sergei Sirotkin who turned in on Patrick Pilet at Speakers Corner putting himself into the tyre wall from 5th and 
unable to select reverse. The Ferrari would lose a full 2 laps before Full Course Yellow was called – the Ferrari was pushed back and rejoined but now down in 12th.

Pilet in the #12 GPX Porsche meanwhile took fourth around the outside through Blanchimont from Engel, Engel then adjudged at fault for the contact on the #22 at La Source, 10 seconds would be added to HRT’s next pit stop.

100 mins to go and the top group on lead lap looked like this:

#66 Niederhauser
#25 Boccolacci +8 secs
#51 Pier Guidi +15
#98 Tandy+ 7
#54 Cairoli +12
#12 Jaminet +26
#4 Engel +4

Tandy soon passed for third with a similar pass around the outside in the sopping wet on Pier Guidi that Pilet had pulled on Engel.

He then pushed on to chase the Audis but had a BIG tank slapper at Eau Rouge – and recovered – reeling in Boccolacci very rapidly.

The race meeting was over soon afterwards for the #163 Lamborghini, Franck Perera off and into the tyre barrier at Blanchimont, left rear wheel off and car out of the race from 10th.

Tandy’s charge took him to the rear of Boccalacci just as FCY was called for the recovery of the #163 with the leaders all pitting under FCY but ROWE double stint rubber and leapfrogging the Audis to lead.

The #51’s pitstop though was under investigation but the car pitted in any case to bank on not getting a penalty, and in leaving the pits with under 65 minutes, banked on no penalty and gaining an advantage to anyone needing a splash!

The #98 followed suit as the Safety Car got the field under control as the sister #99 car was confirmed as a retirement, accident damage with the Audis also pitting.

Into the final hour with the lead group concertinaed again by the Safety Car.