Maximillian Buhk, Bernd Schneider and Maximillian Götz took overall honours in the 24 Hours of Spa, driving their HTP Motorsport Mercedes AMG SLS GT3.
Shortly after the twelve-hour mark, when the rapid Marc VDS trio had retired, the race became a straight fight between the #150 Manthey Racing Porsche of Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz and Patrick Pilet and the German HTP Motorsport team's Mercedes SLS.
The two teams were actually split by a gap of over two minutes, but differing pit strategies allowed them to at times race just inches apart. This gap grew due to a quicker brake change for the Mercedes, which made its stop for new pads and discs in the eleventh hour, while the Manthey crew serviced their brakes at the thirteen-hour mark.
For the majority of the race the two German cars were the only two cars on the lead lap, but a mistake by Manthey's Patrick Pilet, who overtook while behind a safety car, would prove extremely costly and resulted in a drive through penalty for the Porsche team. Given the speed and reliability of the #84 Mercedes, a two-lap margin was a near impossible deficit to recover from.
In all, six different cars led the 2013 Total 24 Hours of Spa and between them there were 44 lead changes; over 30 cars retired from the starting 65, a truly tantalising statistic.
Duncan Cameron, Matt Griffin, Alex Mortimer, and Toni Vilander took the Pro-Am class honours in the #59 AF Corse Ferrari after an epic fight with the #71 SMP Ferrari, while Jean-Luc Blanchemain, Jean-Luc Beaubelique, Patrice Goueslard and Fred Bouvy dominated the Gentlemen Trophy category with the #20 SOFREV ASP Ferrari 458 Italia, winning the 2013 Trophy in the process.