The British rising star Moss began the race, initially leading, with three phenomenal rounds, posting average times of between 43:07 minutes and 43:58 minutes. But then he came off the road with his left wheels, span down a hillside into a field covered in rocks and was only able to get back onto the track with the energetic assistance of several dozen spectators. The result was that Moss had lost the lead and the lighting of the 300 SLR was so badly damaged that he would not have been able to drive in the dark. Neubauer wrote: “The beautiful Mercedes 300 SLR looks like Mister Moss found it on some scrapyard and cobbled it together himself. The headlamps are torn out, the body is pressed in at the rear, the whole sidewall is torn open and shredded, and there are dents and scratches all over...” Yet, but for the lighting, the racing sports car continued to be fit to drive.