The third-placed Mercedes-AMG GT3, one of the leading contenders in the Nürburgring 24, has dropped back after Maxi Goetz hit the barrier at Hohe Acht.
Goetz appeared to bounce off the curb at the right-hander, pushing the No. 48 Mann-Filter car into understeer and straight ahead into the barrier.
The car is being prepared to be towed back to the paddock.
He had been running second for a while after co-driver Raffaele Marciello moved ahead of the Frikadelli Racing Team Porsche 911 GT3 R in the previous stint.
Shortly before Goetz’s incident, Sven Mueller passed him on the Döttinger Höhe on the previous lap, demoting the HTP Motorsport-run Mercedes to third.
It had been running in the top three for almost all of the race, and had been swapping second position with the No. 31 Frikadelli Porsche for the past few hours.
Mueller is 1 minute, 28 seconds behind Earl Bamber, now in the No. 911 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R that has been leading for 11 hours now.
Rene Rast has inherited third place from Goetz, with Dries Vanthoor now fourth. The Audi pair have continued their duel that they took over from respective co-drivers Christopher Haase and Frank Stippler.
The battle was neutralized a couple of laps ago when Vanthoor went too deep into Turn 1, running off track and losing time.