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Porsche Out Front in Hour 3 as Contenders Hit Trouble

No. 911 Manthey Porsche continues to lead as contenders hit trouble…

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Manthey Racing remains out front of the Nürburgirng 24, as several GT3 contenders have hit trouble in the second and third hours.

The No. 911 Porsche 911 GT3 R of Romain Dumas leads Richard Westbrook’s No. 98 ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3 by just five seconds, following a recent stop by the Englishman in the third hour.

While the No. 98 BMW has been exchanging the lead between the pole-sitting Porsche, trouble has struck the sister No. 99 entry of Connor de Phillippi, who stopped on track with suspected electrical issues.

The car, which was running 12th at the time, remains stranded on-track. 

Both of the Frikadelli Racing Porsches, meanwhile, hit trouble earlier in the hour after Norbert Siedler was collected by a BMW.

An accident for the No. 48 HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Renger van der Zande in the second hour has put the MANN Filter-sponsored car out of contention.

The No. 4 Black Falcon Mercedes of Manuel Metzger runs in third, followed by the No. 1 Land Audi R8 LMS of Rene Rast, who is completing his ‘jumper’ stint in the car.

Rast will focus the majority of his driving duties in the No. 8 WRT entry, which is also running inside the top-10 overall.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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