2-hour update: #2 AMG Team Getspeed Mercedes-AMG takes over the lead of the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa

30 July 2022

Twelve minutes before the 2-hour mark, there was a contact between the #188 Garage 59 McLaren and the leading Gold Cup car, the #57 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG. The latter got stuck in the gravel trap at the Bruxelles corner, and the race director had no choice than to install the first Full Course Yellow period of the race, to allow marshals to get the car out of its predicament.

Earlier, and just after the first series of pitstops, the #2 AMG Team Getspeed Mercedes-AMG of Luca Stolz had taken over the lead of the race by passing the #54 Dinamic Porsche that had led the race since the start. The Porsche, now with Côme Ledogar at the wheel, dropped back to fourth, behind the #88 AMG Team Akkadis ASP machine and the #221 GPX Martini Racing Porsche. That order remained the same after second series of pitstops, taken just before the 2-hour mark.

The #777 Al Manar Racing by HRT Mercedes-AMG was still leading Silver Cup, even running in sixth overall. The Pro-Am lead was still in the hands of the #24 Herberth Motorsport Porsche, running well inside the top 20. The #93 Sky Tempesta Racing Mercedes-AMG took over the lead of the Gold Cup, while the #20 SPS Mercedes-AMG still topped the Bronze Cup rankings. 

The first retirement of the race came after 93 minutes of racing, when the #26 Saintéloc Junior Team Audi hit the barriers hard at the exit of Blanchimont. Even though César Gazeau managed to bring the car back to pitlane, but a damaged chassis meant their race was over.