As Lietz had set pole, he would take the start and did so settling in to lead the one day race.
Lietz came in to pit and handed over to Francisco Cruz.
In the third hour Cruz was hit from behind by another car forcing the team to make extensive repairs, dropping them down the order.
It took the Autorlando team an hour to effect repairs before Simonsen started the comeback charge.
The Autorlando Porsche was now consistently setting the fastest lap times, passing car after car.
But then came another drama – the gearbox became stuck in 3rd, perhaps as a result of the heavy rear end shunt earlier in the race.
Italian team mate Gianluca Roda was forced to pit whilst the fantastic Autorlando Sport team worked their magic.
With an hour to go, having worked themselves back up into the top ten, the gearbox finally let go, with Cruz at the wheel. It was now instant retirement.
Such a disappointment after such a promising outlook. Two years in a row Simonsen has led this classic race only to sidelined. Perhaps it will be third time lucky.
None the less, Allan was philosophical