Mathieu Jaminet has moved Frikadelli Racing Team into second position in the Nürburgring 24 after an entertaining stint-long battle in the early morning hours with Christian Hohenadel.
The pair, with Jaminet in the No. 31 Frikadelli Porsche 911 GT3 R and Hohenadel in the Mann-Filter Mercedes-AMG GT3, ran together for most of the 16th hour, shortly after sunrise in the Eifel.
After spending a while behind the Mercedes, which started from second, Jaminet eventually made his way past at the Ford-Kurve on the GP track, taking second for Frikadelli.
Hohenadel initially dropped back but ended up reemerging behind the Frenchman, looking set to make an attempt for the position until the next round of pit stops.
The Mercedes driver pitted first, handing over the HTP Motorsport-run car to factory driver Raffaele Marciello, while Jaminet came in one lap later.
Jaminet was able to keep the lead int he stops, with the pair running about eight seconds apart.
They are almost three minutes off the leader, Michael Christensen in the No. 911 Manthey Racing Porsche, which has led since before 11:30 p.m. local time when Adam Christodoulou’s Black Falcon Mercedes was taken out from the lead.
Christopher Haase made a move on Frank Stippler to move the Audi Sport Team Land car ahead of the Phoenix factory car, meanwhile.