After four hours of racing unfortunately the #85 car is in the box with an engine problem. The other car also had to return for a quick repair as the alternator did not work properly.
Just before 17:00, after almost two hours racing, both cars made a pit stop including driver change. Benjamin Leuenberger replaced Andrea Chiesa and rejoined the field in a tenth position and Ralf Kelleners took over from Peter Dumbreck in the 85 SNORAS Spyker Squadron car that was running in an eight position.
Also after 17:00 many accidents occurred. An LMP prototype went off hard and two competing Porsches collided. Later on a GT1 car lost its wheel at high speed and another LMP car crashed.
At 17:40 the number #94 Speedy Racing Team car returned to the pit for a regular stop to refuel the car. Benjamin rejoined the field in the same position – eight in GT2 class. Benjamin’s stop was followed by Ralf who also came in for a refuel stop. He rejoined in a seventh position. According to the timing screen the #85 stop was the quickest so far in the GT2 class.
Both cars ran like a clock until minutes after 18:00 Ralf called the team over the radio that he had to return to the pit box. Just after the Porsche Curves he got a problem with the engine. After a quick inspection by the mechanics the car was retired from the race.
Shortly after Benjamin also reported a problem with the #94 car. He got a ‘low voltage’ warning and returned to the box to change a broken alternator. It took about 10 minutes to repair the car but he is back out in eight position.