The Matt Griffin-Marco Cioci-Piergiuseppe Perazzini AF Corse Ferrari 458 maintained its lead in the Gulf 12 Hours as the event passed the eight-hour stage.
The leader has a 28s advantage over the United Autosports Audi R8 LMS of Ryan Dalziel-Alexander Popow-Vicente Potolicchio as the cars now race under lights in the spectacular Yas Marina Circuit setting.
The United Autosports Audi lost time on the first lap of the restart after Popow made contact with the second AF Corse Ferrari, currently running fourth, at the first chicane, clash that led to brief Safety-Car period.
The Peter-Broniszewski-Coimbra-Ramos Ferrari is no longer on the lead lap after a Drive Through penalty for corner cutting, but has just recorded its fastest race lap as it begins a fightback just over two minutes behind the second place Audi.
The CN2 class leader is still the pole position Bellarosa-Belotti-Lian Avelon Formula Wolf, now with approaching two laps in hand over the Ibanez Racing Service Norma.
In the Cup category, the Bonaldi Motorsport Lamborghini Gallardo of Alex Caffi-Andrea Mamé- Mirko Zanardini is still in charge, with a three laps lead over the Team Lompech Sport Renault Megane Eurocup car. The French car overtook the PFI-Racing Porsche after a really exciting fight, with the two cars running bumper to bumper for a few laps.
The local Yas Marina Circuit Aston Martin continues to lead the way in GT4, but the Aylezo Motorsport entry is finally showing some very good laptimes, even if early technical woes mean a huge 61 laps gap with the opposition.
The race now has four hours to run, with the chequered flag falling at 2300 UAE time.