The 25,000 spectators in the grandstands of the Motopark Oschersleben were treated to an action-packed FIA GT race around the tight and winding German circuit, but could not be sure of the result as they headed for the exits at the end of the day.
With overtaking difficult, partly due to the circuit and partly due to the narrow speed differences between the GT and N-GT cars, the race was extremely close, with some fine battles. It was perhaps inevitable, therefore, that the final race result came not on the track but in the stewards' room, with BMS Scuderia Italia inheriting the overall win after the Lister Storm of Jamie Campbell-Walter was involved in an incident with a backmarker.
With the British Lister crew excluded for 'causing an avoidable accident', fellow 'Storm-bringer' Creation Autosportif took its first podium, ahead of the Care Racing Ferrari. In N-GT, a Ferrari one-two-three proved the pre-race predictions about this circuit, with JMB Racing taking a well-deserved second win of the season, ahead of the two Team Maranello Concessionaires cars.
Mike Hezemans, in the #5 Force One Viper, made the best start and got ahead of the pole-position holder Konrad Saleen, with the #7 Graham Nash Saleen in third place. Campbell-Walter made a good start in the #14 Storm, moving up to fourth.
The Konrad Saleen was faster than the Viper, but could not get past, and Hezemans withstood the pressure for six laps, before Walter Lechner Jr finally got ahead at the Shell Esses and then began to pull away. Behind the youngster, the #5 Viper, #7 Saleen and #14 Lister were all involved in a frantic battle for second place, while
a similar fight took place for fifth between the #4 Viper, #15 Lister and #23 Ferrari.
On lap 19, Campbell-Walter overtook Thomas Erdos for third place, and began to chase down Hezemans. By the time the first pit-stops took place, however, Lechner Jr had built up an impressive lead of over 30secs, although this was reduced to 18 after his stop to hand over to Toni Seiler, who soon found himself under pressure from a charging Nathan Kinch in the #14 Lister, while Anthony Kumpen - now in the #5 Viper - was close behind in third.
"The car was very good today," Lechner reported, "I lost out at the start and the Viper was so very quick at getting away - I had no chance. Although I was quicker, I
could not overtake. I tried to prepare my moment for six laps, until I decided my only chance was to go for it. That worked, and I pulled away. I was pushing really hard, doing a qualifying lap each time. I have only one stint in the car, so I have to give everything I have."
On lap 64, the leading Saleen slowed with a problem with the front left wheel, but it was Kumpen, who had earlier overtaken Kinch, who took the lead. However, the Force One Viper, which had already lasted longer than in any other race this season, ran into its all-too-familiar reliability problems, handing the Lister the lead.