The No. 18 Schubert Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 led the Nürburgring 24 at the 6-Hour mark but retired shortly afterwards, handing the advantage to the No. 88 Haribo Mercedes-AMG GT3.
Immediately after the restart, Jörg Müller surged into the lead ahead around the outside of Maro Engel in the No. 9 Mercedes at Turn One, before coming into the pits to change onto a set of full wet tyres.
Once the rest of the field had completed their pitstops, Müller found himself back in the lead, before his engine let go on the Döttinger Höhe.
After restarting sixth, the No. 22 ROWE Racing BMW driven by Markus Palttala took over the lead following Müller’s pitstop. However, the Finn was delayed in traffic at Karrussel and had dropped to third before suffering a right-rear puncture on the Grand Prix loop.
That cycled the No. 8 Haribo driven by Uwe Alzen, Lance David Arnold, Maximillian Götz and Jan Seyffarth into the lead, before a spin for the No. 29 HTP Mercedes of Christian Hohenadel allowed the Haribo No. 88 driven by the same four drivers to take second.
No. 88 was the first to pit while No. 8 stayed out, but a longer pitstop for the leaders meant they emerged behind the No. 88 and No. 30 HTP Mercedes.