AKKA ASP continues to lead the 2017 24 hours of Spa as Audi close in

by Vince Pettit

As the clock counted down to two hours remaining, the #90 AKKA ASP Mercedes-AMG GT3 is still in control as the drivers settled in to their groove for the final stretch of the race.

The #1 Audi Sport Team WRT car along with the #25 Audi Sport Team Sainteloc R8 LMS have been running in close contention in second and third place.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for the #90 car as they had a brief scare when lapping a national cup Porsche through Eau Rouge the Mercedes-AMG GT3 driver was caught out, spinning around but thankfully avoiding contact with anything. Other than this small mistake the driving has been flawless up front.

The #9 ABT Bentley was forced to stop at La Source with smoke pouring from the car, they would play no further part in the race.

There was a right rear puncture for Am class second placed #488 Rinaldi Racing car, their issue was made worse when they had to serve a drive through penalty for their pitstop length.

The only other issue during this time was a full course yellow at bus stop due to debris on track, a quick dash by a marshal and the road was clear.

At the end of the twenty-second hour it was the #117 KüS Team75 Team Bernhard Porsche that was leading the way, only due to the three leading cars taking pitstops.

In the Pro Am class, Black Falcon continues to lead the way with their #16 Mercedes-AMG GT3 with the #97 Oman Racing with TF Sport Aston Martin hanging on to second place, in third is the #961 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3.

Another Ferrari in the shape of the #888 Kessel Racing car leads the way in the AM class ahead of #36 Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 and the #488 Rinaldi Racing Ferrari.

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