Their qualifying time may have been excluded for a stall test infringement, meaning a start from the back of the grid, but that didn't stop the Zytek 04S of Hayanari Shimoda and Tom Chilton from working its way from the back to the race lead to take victory in Germany for the Nurburgring 1000km round of the Le Mans Endurance Series.

Although the weather was very different from that of the extreme rain of the Silverstone 1000km last round, the race action was just as nail-biting and the result almost as close. The final half hour saw Allan McNish, once again back out in the Oreca Playstation Audi R8 and in the lead, but with a fast-closing Zytek piloted by Shimoda closing hand over fist.

McNish lowered his lap times but with a mere ten minutes to go Shimoda was right on his tail and a pass on the inside into turn one meant Zytek would go first. McNish looked at fighting back, and kept plugging in the quick laps, but there was to be no incident to slow Shimoda who took the chaequered flag punching the air in appropriate fashion.

Third place went to the Nicholas Minassian / Jamie Campbell Walter Creation DBA, just twenty seconds down on the winner.

Top ten overall
1. Shimoda/Chilton Zytek 04S
2. McNish/Ortelli Oreca Playstation Audi R8
3. Minassian/Campbell-Walter Creation DBA 03S Judd
4. Bouillon/Collard Pescarolo C60
5. Barbosa/Short/Ickx Rollcentre Dallara Judd
6. Hignett/Stack/Fisken Jota Zytek
7. Van de Poele/Theys Horag Lista Lola Judd
8. Frei/Vann/Cochet Courage C60 Judd
9. Turner/Dor/Bell Convers Aston Martin DBR9
10. Cressoni/Davies/RamosBMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 550 Maranello

 

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