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Octane 126 Ferrari on Fire in Hour 3; Black Falcon in Lead

Octane 126 Ferrari catches fire in Hour 3, driver OK; Black Falcon leads race…

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Octane 126’s Ferrari 488 GT3 went up in flames at the start of the third hour of the Nürburgring 24, while Manuel Metzger reassumed the lead for Black Falcon.

Alexander Prinz’s Swiss-entered Ferrari caught fire in spectacular fashion around the GP loop on his out-lap after just over two hours of racing.

He eventually stopped at the side of the track and exited the car unaided before extinguishing the fire by himself.

Prinz was sharing the Octane 126 entry with Simon Trummer, Jonathan Hirschi and Bjorn Grossmann.

He was set to pull double duty between the Ferrari and a Hofor Racing BMW M3 GTR which crashed out on the first lap.

Shortly before the Ferrari fire, Maro Engel got his No. 2 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 back into the overall lead after losing it to Fred Makowiecki following the first round of pit stops.

Makowiecki picked up a puncture on his Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R, dropping him almost a lap down, while Metzger took over the Black Falcon car from Engel after a double stint.

Laurens Vanthoor is second, having taken over the No. 911 Manthey car from Michael Christensen.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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