Though the first half of the race has been dominated by BMWs Audi are increasingly taking a stranglehold on the race with the #16 Audi Sport Team Phoenix of Rene Rast, Frank Stippler and Andrea Piccini leading to the half way point of the 2012 Total 24 Hours of Spa.
The trio held the lead through the three hours up to half way despite a constant flow of safety cars as mechanical and human attrition continued to take their toll on the cars and drivers.
United Autosports had the dubious honour of bringing out the eleventh safety of the race with a spin and crash exiting La Source, adding themselves to a growing list of retirements that also now includes the erstwhile Cup Class leader, the #42 Pro GT by Almeras Porsche.
Among several minor spins and offs which added to the safety car count was Phil Dryburgh in the Beechdean Aston Martin at the Bus Stop.
Mistakes were not limited to out on track, Jeroen den Boer punished for driving past a red light at the end of pitlane during one of the latter SC periods, dropping them to sixth place at the end of the hour. The red light cost Marc VDS, being held and falling as far as fifth place before bouncing back to third, but a lap in arrears to the lead Audis. Vita4One Racing lie fourth with the #2 Team WRT Audi fifth the DB Motorsport car – post penalty – in sixth
Despite the disappointment at losing the Cup Class entry Pro GT by Almeras hold seventh overall and the Pro-Am lead by two laps over the #50 AF Corse Ferrari 458, the squad running ninth, tenth and eleventh each having completed 226 laps.
In another Porsche First Motorsport lead the Gentlemen Trophy in 30th overall, SpeedLOver leading the Cup Class, dwindling under the pressures of the race.