Sunday’s racing immediately saw ten become five, with a 40-car race at Silverstone in Ferrari GT3s. The ten nations were drawn into head-to-head semi-final brackets, to be decided by points scored in the all-hand race. This saw Germany, France, Italy, Chile, and the UK win their matches, and a second repechage race – this time rallycross in Ford Fiestas – allowed Spain to be the sixth finalist.
The UK team took first blood in the finals, with Jamie Fluke winning in the NASCAR Cup cars at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but the German, French and Italian teams packed out the rest of the top ten. As a team event, this put those three nations at the head of the pack. France put in a strong performance in the second event, another rallycross, with first and third for Yohann Harth and Jeremy Bouteloup, split by Charlie Summers for the UK. However a trip to Le Mans put Germany back in command as all four of its drivers placed within the top ten.
That set up the final race, in the 2009 Williams FW31 at Monza. Benecke took the victory for Germany, ahead of Antoine Higelin of France, but the team-racing format meant a long wait to find out who’d actually won overall thanks to all four French cars finishing in the top seven – and a dramatic last lap incident involving the last German car of Wallmeier. His 15th place finish was just enough to see Germany win by six points overall.
France and Italy rounded out the podium, with the UK just outside in fourth.
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