High drama has already engulfed the race with the Manthey Racing 911 having engine problems on the first lap. The #1 car started from pole position for the third year running and the Manthey team were aiming for a third successive race win to go with their triple pole effort. However, just moments after crossing the start line smoke started puring from the 911’s engine bay. This left the #2 Dodge Viper GTR-S in the lead. However, this car also had troubles and came into the pits early. The Volkswagen Sciroccos qualified in first, second and fourth places in their class, but the #117 entry (Stuck, Sainz) had problems during the warm-up lap. It is unclear what the issue was, but Hans-Joachim Stuck, who was at the wheel, seemed to get the car running again.
More screen grabs from the warm-up lap and race start can be seen below. And just as a reminder of what diverse range of cars are taking part in this great race, make sure you see the last image in the set!
A full list of race positions can be seen HERE.
Race start with Manthey Porsche in pole position