News and quotes 08:30hrs

With seven more hours to go, the race leader of Audi Sport Team Land has completed 111 laps. Less than a minute behind (50.586 seconds), the #9 of Audi Sport Team WRT still holds second place.  Following a collision while lapping another car the Schnitzer BMW #43 has lost its third position and dropped back to fourth and so, thus opening the Rowe Racing BMW M6 GT3 #98 the chance of moving up to third.  With consistent times, the Falken Motorsport M6 #33 worked its way up to fifth. And the independent Wochenspiegel Ferrari 488 GT3 – surrounded by works cars – holds sixth position.  
4 – Haupt / Al Faisal / Stolz / Juncadella (Mercedes-AMG GT3)
08:09hrs Luca Stolz replaces Abdulaziz Al Faisal. Stolz: “I drove into the morning and doing so was really nice. Apparently many people get tired, now, and as a result we witness more accidents. It’s fun to race although our pace isn’t quite up to the task.
9 – Müller / Fässler / Frijns / Rast (Audi R8 LMS)
07:08 Uhr Stops for new brakes. Nico Müller for Marcel Fässler.
07:10 Uhr Fässler: “Currently the race is running rather well for us but we have to stay careful. We will try to close the gap.
08:09 Uhr Scheduled stop. .
29 – De Phillippi / Mies / Winkelhock / van der Linde (Audi R8 LMS)
06:53 Uhr The race leader pit. Christopher Mies for Markus Winkelhock.
33 – Dumbreck / Imperatori / Dusseldorp / Seefried (BMW M6 GT3)
07:18 Uhr Marco Seefried for Alexandre Imperatori.
43 – Farfus / Lynn / Felix Da Costa / Scheider (BMW  M6 GT3)
07:58 Uhr The third-place BMW suffers a puncture right rear tyre at the Döttinger Höhe. Is back in the pit-lane..
07:59 Uhr Alex Lynn for Felix Da Costa.
08:02 Uhr Antonio Felix da Costa: “I had a close encounter with another car, resulting in a puncture. He didn’t see me and touched my rear.”
48 – Heyer / Schneider / Dontje / Assenheimer (Mercedes-AMG GT3)
07:43 Uhr Patrick Assenheimer for Indy Dontje.
07:45 Uhr Indy Dontje: “No problems in my double stint. Everything went really well. Driving into the sunrise was fantastic. I could set good times and in the second stint I was faster than in the first.”
702 – Mutsch / Piccini / Laser / Mailleux (SCG SCG003C)
07:34 Uhr Andrea Piccini replaces Thomas Mutsch who says: §The car is running really super and lap-times-wise we can match the leaders. Unfortunately we had fuel-tank capacity problems from lap one. We can’t refuel enough fuel for eight laps and consequently lose a lot of time.
704 – Westphal / Mailleux / Simonsen / Laser (SCG SCG003C)
08:29 Uhr Pit stop for new brakes. .