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Stippler Out Front With 9 Hours to Go

Frank Stippler leads with nine hours to go at Spa…

Photo: Audi

Photo: Audi

Frank Stippler is out front of the Total 24 Hours of Spa with nine hours to go, although the No. 6 Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi R8 LMS has still yet to make its mandatory five-minute mechanical pit stop.

Stippler holds a one-minute lead over the No. 8 M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3 of Andy Soucek, following a rather undramatic last few hours at Spa-Francorchamps.

The No. 7 Bentley made its mechanical stop while under the race’s eighth Full Course Yellow in the 14th hour, when the No. 12 Boutsen Ginon Racing BMW M6 GT3 stopped on track.

It initially dropped the Guy Smith-driven car to 12th but had rebounded to the top-five prior to a recent pit stop for routine service.

The No. 99 ROWE Racing BMW runs in third, after leading through the majority of the night, followed by the No. 16 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Mirko Bortolotti, which like the leading Audi, has yet to make its long stop.

Mercedes-AMG has reached the top-five, with the No. 84 AMG-Team HTP Motorsport entry of Dominik Baumann, although still one lap behind.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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