Adam Christodoulou has been forced to take the No. 2 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 into the pits from the lead of the Nürburgring 24 after contact with a Toyota GR Supra.
The Brit was leading the race in the pole-sitting car which he shares with Manuel Metzger, Maro Engel and Dirk Mueller.
Entering the first corner on the inside line, Christodoulou was hit by the field’s only Supra, entered by Toyota Gazoo Racing, which cut across the Mercedes’ line from the left-hand side.
Uwe Kleen was driving the Supra at the time.
Christodoulou appeared to do a lap of the GP loop before heading straight back into the pit garage, with the car dropping out of contention with steering damage.
It’s currently unclear whether it will be repairable or if Black Falcon will be forced to retire the car.
Christodoulou had taken the lead from the No. 911 Porsche 911 GT3 R shortly before when the Manthey Racing car headed to the pits for a brake change.
The incident allowed Michael Christensen to put the Porsche back out front, running ahead of Franck Mailleux in the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003C and Maxi Goetz’ Mann-Filter Mercedes.
Christensen, whose No. 911 car has been battling with the Black Falcon car for the entire race so far, has a 2:30 lead over Mailleux, who overtook Goetz shortly after the No. 2 Mercedes issue occurred.
Before the lead changed hands twice, the most dramatic incident of the race so far occurred during the seventh hour when Josh Burdon’s KCMG Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 was hit by a Porsche Cayman S running in the V6 class.
Burdon was struck from behind on the Döttinger Höhe, pushing him into the wall and sending the Cayman rolling.