Naujoks again took pole position in his semi-final, holding off Ellis Jr by four-thousandths, and it was just as tight into the first corner but the BMW was able to fend off the Apex Audi.
McCormack got a great start off the third row to split the G2 cars of Murphy and Tormala, with the R8Gs of Jajovski and Csincsik sitting either side of the elimination line. Jajovski couldn’t harry Tormala into an error, and the front six would finish in that order.
Perhaps surprisingly, it was Baptista taking pole in the second semi with the fastest lap of the weekend, but his lead lasted until the first corner as Bennett hit the front. In a relatively stable race, the only other big move for position came when Tomin passed Wisniewski for third, with both the remaining Porsches of Bakkum and Rogers coming through in the final two spots.
Final qualifying saw Bennett beat his fellow BMW driver Naujoks by just six-thousandths, and the Redline man made a devastating start to leave Naujoks over half a second back in the early stages. Ellis too would lose out, with Wisniewski jumping him in the stadium section.
Though Naujoks was able to claw back some of the time later in the race, Bennett would secure a comfortable win, with Wisniewski keeping third ahead of Ellis. The results mean Rogers – despite finishing 12th after a jump start – retains the championship lead by one point from Toman, with Ellis now in third, as R8G extends its teams’ championship advantage to 77 points from Redline.
Round 3 Final Results
1. Luke Bennett (Team Redline) - BMW M4 GT3 - 8 laps
2. Nils Naujoks (BS+Competition) - BMW M4 GT3 - +0.444s
3. Nikodem Wisniewski (Williams) - Mercedes-AMG GT3 - +1.679s