At the re-start, it was Scheider rather than di Resta who was found wanting, as the West Lothian-born ace sprinted away from his rival. Legge received a drive-through penalty for releasing Scheider and Tomczyk but not fourth-placed Paffett, who now had the charging Ekström right on his tail. Just 1.6 seconds separated the two leaders with 13 laps remaining, but no sooner had the action got underway again than it was halted once more, with a substantial accident for the luckless Kristensen at McLaren, as 'Mr Le Mans' speared off the track and ended his race firmly embedded in the circuit's tyre barriers.
At the same time, Markus Winkelhock spun at Druids further down the order, sending Schumacher sideways and broadside into Maro Engel, who he literally T-boned and bulldozed out of his way in his efforts to rejoin the track, though how such behaviour will be viewed by the pair's employer Mercedes remains to be seen. The ensuing chaos brought the safety car out for a second time, and with the clock rapidly ticking down, by the time the action resumed there was long enough just for two more laps.
As di Resta paced himself onto the chequered flag for a famous triumph, Scheider backed off and settled for second and a further step towards holding onto his hard-fought title, with Tomczyk making it three podium finishes in succession in third. Paffett just held off the attacking Ekström for fourth, with Spengler, Mike Rockenfeller and Jarvis rounding out the points-scorers, the latter benefitting from the late-race mêlée
just ahead of him to leapfrog his rivals and snatch the final marker.
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