24-hour business: BMW and Mercedes-AMG lead the race / GT World Challenge

24-hour business: BMW and Mercedes-AMG lead the race / GT World Challenge


24 Hours of Business-Francorchamps continues to gain business. In the morning, the Rowe Racing BMW M4 GT3 is at the front of the field. More than ten cars left on the lead lap.

The 24 Hours of Spa are in full swing: with the cars from Porsche and Mercedes-AMG fighting for the lead at the start of the race, BMW managed to keep up throughout the night with the M4 GT3 of Nicky Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Nick Yelloly. (Rowe Racing) also took the lead. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 driven by Raffaele Marciello, Daniel Juncadella and Jules Gounon from AMG Team AKKODIS ASP, which started from pole position, continues to be close behind.

The second Rowe-BMW with youngsters Daniel Harper, Neil Verhagen and Max Hesse holds third place ahead of the Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 with Maxime Martin, Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim (Beechdean AMR).

After the 74th edition of the Ardennes classic got off to a relatively quiet start, the 66-car field quickly returned to the familiar image of previous years. A number of yellow phases of full speed and the placement of safety cars made up the picture at night. After the crash of the Porsche in the very fast Blanchimont bend, the race even had to be interrupted for a short time by a red flag.

Two of the main characters of the previous installment have already withdrawn after the accident. Both the Porsche from Dinamic Motorsport (Klaus Bachler, Come Ledogar, Thomas Preining) and the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 from Albert Costa, Mirko Bortolotti and Jack Aitken (Emil Frey Racing) finished the race prematurely. The GPX Martini Racing Porsche of Richard Lietz, Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre is no longer running. However, there was a technical flaw here.

In general, nothing has been decided in Business yet. More than ten cars are still on the front line and therefore have a chance to win. The Audi R8 LMS evo II GT3 of Valentino Rossi, Frederic Vervisch and Nico Müller, which is usually around 15th, is also still in good shape. MotoGP champion Rossi is coming through his first 24h car race very well and has produced an unremarkable (and therefore good) performance so far.

Status after about 13.5 hours

BMW – Catsburg/Farfus/Yellow
Mercedes-AMG – Marciello/Juncadella/Gounon
BMW – Harper/Verhagen/Hesse
Aston Martin – Martin/Sorensen/Thiim
Mercedes AMG Engel/Buhk/Grenier