There will be 180 ‘finals to be experienced with bated breath for those that are missing at the end of the 24h of Spa-Francorchamps, with the protagonists of the GT World Challenge Europe – Endurance Cup and Intercontinental GT Challenge who have completed the 21st hour of the race.
In three out of four categories, everything is still in the balance, starting with the absolute ranking, where the PROs are competing for primacy and the positions to follow. As if that were not enough, the sky is threatening with its black clouds and the rain (which is starting to fall with a few drops) could further shuffle the cards in the final sprint.
Speaking of the tug-of-war for the first place, Alessandro Pier Guidi / Côme Ledogar / Nicklas Nielsen at the turn of the 18th and 19th found themselves reduced by a Full Course Yellow / Safety Car the good advantage they had on the Audi R8 # 32 of Dries Vanthoor / Kelvin Van Der Linde / Charles Weerts (Team WRT).
Vanthoor, whose pace was much higher, chased and caught up with Ledogar at the 21st hour, with the Frenchman who returned to the pits to give the wheel to Nielsen, followed shortly after by the Belgian who gave way to Van Der Linde. Ferrari re-extended with 6 “on returning to the track, but Audi did it again and in a very complicated dubbing phase, Van Der Linde had to discard the escape route at the” Bus Stop “in order not to collide with a Mercedes. , while Nielsen searched for an opening inside.
In the last pit stop, the Ferrari came out again in front of the Audi, which is now chasing with 6 “to refit.
Third with one lap behind them is always the Aston Martin Vantage # 95 of Garage 59 (Nicki Thiim / Ross Gunn / Marco Sørensen), now chased by the Audi R8 LMS of Attempto Racing (# 66 Mattia Drudi / Dennis Marschall / Christopher Mies) and Team WRT (# 37 Nico Müller / Robin Frijns / Dennis Lind).
Both benefited from the Drive-Through inflicted on the # 63 Lamborghini Huracán of the Orange 1 FFF Racing Team (Andrea Caldarelli / Marco Mapelli / Mirko Bortolotti) for spinning the # 93 Ferrari into “Brussels” in a dubbing that Mapelli had to perform. .
The car of the Toro di Sant’Agata Bolognese therefore slipped sixth, even if the good pace can still bring it back close to the rivals of the Four Rings, while the Porsche 911 GT3-R # 47 of KCMG suffers (Maxime Martin / Nick Tandy / Laurens Vanthoor) came down seventh and was overtaken by opponents on the track, as well as incurred a 15 “penalty to be served for having cut the” Bus Stop “chicane taking advantage.
Eighth was the Jota’s McLaren 720 S # 38 (Rob Bell / Oliver Wilkinson / Ben Barnicoat), well ahead of the Audi # 25 of Saintéloc Racing (Markus Winkelhock / Patric Niederhauser / Christopher Haase) and the Mercedes-AMG # 89 of AKKA ASP (Lucas Auer / Timur Boguslavskiy / Felipe Fraga), who returned to the PRO of the Top 10 against the Porsche of KCMG (# 18 Edoardo Liberati / Alexandre Imperatori / Josh Burdon), who passed the Mercedes-AMG # 89 of AKKA ASP (Lucas Auer / Timur Boguslavskiy / Felipe Fraga).
In the Silver Cup Class, MadPanda Motorsport’s # 90 Mercedes-AMG (Ezequiel Perez Companc / Ricardo Sanchez / Patrick Kujala / Rik Breukers) sweated cold after FCY / SC, overtaken by Aston Martin # 159 of Garage 59 (Tuomas Tujula / Alex MacDowall / Valentin Hasse Clot / Nicolai Kjaergaard) and recovering the record in the 20th hour, but with a few seconds of margin.
The Audi # 99 of Attempto Racing (Fabien Lavergne / Max Hofer / Alex Aka) was in contention with them, but yet another Drive-Through imposed on it by track limits sees it set back in time.
The Ferrari # 33 of Rinaldi Racing (Benjamin Hites / Fabrizio Crestani / David Perel) – among those punished with Drive Through for track limits – instead lost the fourth place to the advantage of the Mercedes of Toksport WRT (# 7 Axcil Jefferies / Oscar Tunjo / Paul Petit / Marvin Dienst), while that of SPS Automotive Performance remains sixth (# 40 Miklas Born / Jordan Love / Yannick Mettler / Lance David Arnold).
The AMGs are followed by the Audi of Team WRT, with the # 30 of James Pull / Franco Colapinto / Benjamin Goethe overtaking the # 31 of Ryuichiro Tomita / Frank Bird / Valdemar Eriksen.
In the PRO-AM Class we always have the two AF Corse Ferraris in front. Leader is the # 53 of Duncan Cameron / Rino Mastronardi / Matt Griffin / Miguel Molina with behind the ‘twin’ # 52 of Louis Machiels / John Wartique / Andrea Bertolini / Alessio Rovera.
The # 77 Lamborghini of Barwell Motorsport (Miguel Ramos / Leo Machitski / Henrique Chaves / Sandy Mitchell) remains on the podium, also because the Ferrari # 93 of Sky Tempesta Racing (Jonathan Hui / Chris Froggatt / Matteo Cressoni / Eddie Cheever) lost time for the aforementioned spin and for a Drive-Through due to track limits.
Further away the Porsche # 61 of EBM Giga Racing (Wolfgang Triller / Carlos Rivas / Reid Harker / Will Bamber) and # 911 of Herberth Motorsport (Antares Au / Daniel Allemann / Alfred Renauer / Robert Renauer).
Finally in the AM Class the only survivor is the Porsche # 166 of Haegely by T2 Racing (Pieder Decurtins / Dennis Busch / Manuel Lauck / Marc Basseng), given the previous retirement of the # 23 of Hubert Motorsport (Jacob Schell / Ivan Jacoma / Niki Leutwiler / Nico Menzel).