BMW closes on Spa 24 Hours win
|By Kevin Turner||Sunday, August 1st 2010, 10:15 GMT|
BMW holds a lead of over a lap with four hours of this weekend's Spa 24 Hours still to go.
The #79 car of Dirks Werner, Muller and Adorf, which qualified second, had been in a fight with the quickest GT2 Porsches of BMS and IMSA.
But the dry conditions this morning have allowed the M3 to show its pace and it had pulled out a lead of over three minutes from the #23 BMS 911 until its latest stop, just before the 20-hour mark.
IMSA is still chasing BMS for the GT2 lead, and Patrick Pilet is currently a lap behind Wolf Henzler in the BMS machine.
The #78 BMW remains fourth, well behind the leading trio, but almost 10 laps clear of a fine fight for the GT3 lead.
With the #73 WRT Audi (suspected engine problems) and #99 Marc VDS Ford GT (starter motor) hitting trouble, the battle for fifth overall and GT3 is between the #53 Muhlner Porsche and the United Autosports Audi of Mark Blundell/Zak Brown/Richard Dean/Eddie Cheever.
Cheever is currently less than 20 seconds behind the Porsche, with Juergen Haring at the wheel, and is closing.