One bright spot of progress was the Nurburgring-winning bright red #50 BASF entry, which had made its way to eighth overall by the first hour. This promising start was first thwarted by clutch problems, and then ended with a crash before six hours had been completed. More troubles for BMW were to come before Sunday, with the #71 Prinz von Bayern entry retiring at the seven-hour mark with crankshaft damper failure.