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24h Spa 2015 (result & amp; pictures): BMW can still win

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24h Spa 2015 (result & pictures)
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L has been introduced by BMW with the Z4 GT3 have to wait for a success in an important 24h race. Many had no longer believed in it. But at the last big appearance of the discontinued model it finally worked. The Marc VDS trio Markus Palttala, Lucas Luhr and Nick Catsburg secured the long-awaited success with a one-lap lead. This means that the Z4 GT3 can retire as the winning car if the BMW sports car program is continued in 2016 with the M6 ​​GT3.

Marc VDS 'BMW Z4 GT3 wins 24h of Spa

Although Marc VDS 'Belgian team went into the home game as the favorites after strong training runs, the race was anything but a sure-fire success. Until a few hours before the checkered flag, several manufacturers had a good chance of overall victory. After a cautious start, the BMW team had only worked its way forward during the night. A strong final sprint ensured clear conditions in the end.

The Audi R8 LMS of Frank Stippler, Nico Müller and Stephane Ortelli rolled over the line one lap behind. This marked the end of Audi's winning streak at the endurance classics at the Nürburgring and in Spa after 3 successes. Another Audi trio landed on the podium with Christian Mamerow, Christopher Mies and Nicki Thiim. The new R8 LMS is now ready for series production. The first customer vehicles are to be produced in September.

Mercedes breakdown shortly before the end

Mercedes went after a strong one Beginning empty. The Rowe team had secured the lead in the hotly contested start phase with rain showers and safety car phases and was able to hold it in the night. In the end, however, the targeted podium did not work out. The SLS AMG GT3 of Nico Bastian, Daniel Juncadella and Stef Dusseldorp failed 45 minutes before the end with a defective alternator.

The AF Corse Ferrari of Gianmaria Bruni, Alessandro Pier, Pasin Lathouras and Stephane landed in 4th place Lemmert, who also secured victory in the ProAM classification. The British manufacturers were unlucky. Both the McLaren and the Bentley were involved in a lot of collisions, falling far behind or retiring early. The Dream Team's BMW G3 Z4, with Alex Zanardi, Timo Glock and Bruno Spengler, did not see the checkered flag either. Shortly before the end of the race, Glock had to have the car with a noticeable paintwork defectpark.

In our gallery we have collected many spectacular pictures from the 24h race in Spa-Francorchamps.

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