The Spa 24 Hours GT3 challenge of ex-Formula 1 drivers Eddie Cheever and Mark Blundell has been severely dented this afternoon with power steering problems.
The United Autosports Audi R8 LMS, which Cheever and Blundell are sharing with team bosses Zak Brown and Richard Dean, had risen up the order after qualifying 16th. It was fighting for the lead of GT3 and fifth overall, despite a brief delay with an electrical issue, at the 20-hour mark.
Cheever had closed to within seven seconds of the GT3-leading #53 Muhlner Porsche when power steering failure caused the American to have a huge moment at Eau Rouge.
He brought the car into the pits before briefly returning to the circuit. But he was straight back in again and the team is currently working on the car. The R8 is presently eighth and the next car to catch it is due to be the sister #67 machine.
"The car was going very well and I really enjoy this race," said Cheever. "I'm very disappointed right now."