Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen and Matteo Cairoli took the ‘Grello’ #911 Porsche 911 GT3 R to victory by a bit of beneath 9 seconds over the #98 ROWE Racing BMW machine shared by Sheldon van der Linde, Connor de Phillippi, Marco Wittmann and Martin Tomczyk.
With simply 59 laps accomplished, the race was the shortest within the occasion’s historical past, surpassing the earlier document set in 1992.
It marks Porsche’s 13th win within the race as a producer, and a primary for Estre, Christensen and Cairoli. Lars Kern was additionally registered as a fourth driver within the #911 automotive, however was withdrawn through the race.
The lengthy crimson flag interval in a single day meant the race was successfully diminished to a three-and-a-half hour dash, with the polesitting #1 Rowe Racing BMW M6 GT3 of Phillipp Eng main the sphere again to inexperienced in what have been nonetheless tough circumstances at 11.40am native time.
Maro Engel carefully shadowed Eng on the wheel of the #four HRT Mercedes-AMG GT3 through the early laps till he suffered a serious crash at Tiergarten whereas attempting to barter backmarkers, which granted Eng a cushty lead on the head of the sphere.
Nevertheless, a brand new regulation dictating minimal pitstop instances based on stint size meant the #1 Rowe BMW dropped down the order when it got here in for its first post-restart service, because it had made its earlier cease shortly earlier than the crimson flag, virtually doubling its pitstop time.
This was a moot level ultimately nonetheless, because the pole-sitting automotive later suffered an electronics glitch and Eng was compelled to tug into the pits to retire.
Restart within the fog
Picture by: Alexander Trienitz
The Manthey Porsche of Christensen due to this fact took over the lead from the surviving #98 Rowe BMW of van der Linde, which made its second post-restart cease two laps sooner than the Porsche, placing the 2 vehicles on barely diverging methods for the rest of the race.
Van der Linde cycled into the lead after Christensen handed over to Estre for the run to the flag, and was 28 seconds to the nice when he made the automotive’s remaining cease with a bit of beneath 50 minutes to go.
However a shorter remaining cease for Estre two laps later allowed the Frenchman to rejoin with 15 seconds in hand over the BMW, giving the ‘Grello’ Porsche a transparent run to the flag.
The ultimate podium spot went to the #7 GetSpeed Mercedes-AMG GT3 shared by Raffaele Marciello, Maximilian Gotz and Daniel Juncadella, after Marciello handed the #44 Falken Motorsports Porsche of Sven Muller on the penultimate lap of the race.
Marciello courted controversy earlier within the early laps after the restart when he punted the #11 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 of Michele Beretta throughout a battle for place.
Beretta’s team-mate Nicki Thiim wrote on Twitter: “The ‘specialists’ name them the most effective GT drivers on the planet. I let you know… you don’t have any thought how distant you might be. Good job R.Marciello.”
Marciello responded: “I give my standpoint earlier than everyone seems to be accuse me.
“[Beretta] misplaced the automotive already few corners earlier than, virtually crashed out @MiesChris + he was 10 sec off the tempo, then he go away a spot open (whereas he’s sliding). I am going for it and shut the door like if I’m not right here.”
“Fortunately I don’t care and I don’t undergo about it however I’m getting so many insult. Folks ought to settle down and suppose twice earlier than writing one thing.”
#7 Mercedes-AMG Crew GetSpeed Mercedes-AMG GT3: Maximilian Götz, Daniel Juncadella, Raffaele Marciello, Fabian Schiller, Jules Gounon
Picture by: Andreas Beil
Responding to Thiim’s put up, fellow Audi driver Christopher Mies wrote: “Possibly feelings are nonetheless excessive however for those who test the entire lap onboard from me and Raffaele behind Beretta, it’s truly insane he didn’t received off earlier than.
“Ah forgot he did, kissed the wall at Breitscheid. Very unfair blocking and driving from him.”
Audi misplaced one other of its front-running vehicles when Kelvin van der Linde crashed the #29 Land Motorsport automotive with a bit of over an hour and a half to go, in an incident that additionally eliminated the #three Rutronik Racing Porsche from competition.
That meant that the most effective of the Audis on the end was the #2 Automobile Assortment Motorsport automotive in fifth, with Nico Muller narrowly lacking out on passing the #44 Porsche on the ultimate lap.
One other BMW, the #20 Schubert Motorsport automotive, accomplished the highest six forward of the #eight GetSpeed Mercedes and the Professional-Am #23 Huber Motorsport Porsche. Falken’s second Porsche, the #33 automotive, was the ninth and remaining automotive to complete on the lead lap.
Two top-10 runners have been eradicated within the remaining hour when Augusto Farfus all of the sudden slowed on the wheel of the #77 BMW Junior Crew M6 GT3, which resulted in Patrick Pilet’s #31 Frikadelli Motorsport Porsche piling into the again of the Brazilian at pace.