The move for the lead came before the two-hour mark, as Pfeffer sent the Mercedes down the inside at Leeukop and held firm down the Mineshaft to hit the front. That proved to be the decisive pass in terms of the overall win, as UOL consistently built up the gap across the stints and drivers – Tobias Gronewald and Michael Tauscher – over the following hours. It was Gronewald who took the chequered flag first, just under 12 seconds ahead of Sherratt. The HRT Mercedes team took third, having started third in class, after the MKers Mercedes retired due to damage five hours in.
Championship leader McLaren Veloce crossed the line in fifth, after a steady race which saw the team stay out of trouble, with main rival BS+Competition fighting through the field to seventh place – although some 30 seconds further back. That gives Veloce a 15-point lead heading into the final round, meaning a fourth-place finish or better will secure the title.
In Silver class it was the Kramer car that would take the win, after its class pole position, but the team didn’t have things all its own way. After keeping a gaggle of Pro cars behind for an hour, second stint driver Noah Eder fell back into the clutches of Valentin Barrier (Virtualdrivers by TX3), setting fastest laps in the Aston. However, a penalty for the TX3 car saw it drop behind again just before half distance, before Maximilien Vedy lost out to Joe MacAuley (FFS Racing) after a mistake at Cheetah corner. With the class-leading AJA Simracing car only able to finish fifth, FFS Racing now takes an eight-point advantage into Spa in another two-way fight for the title.