Before taking on the ‘Green Hell’ in three rounds, the drivers would be driving on the shorter, Nürburgring GP-Strecke layout for the fifth round of the Mazda MX-5 World Tour.
Once again, Sonny Kanchin was on pole with championship leader Jaume Dalmases Torres starting behind him in second.
The start was once again clean in the MWT, with Sonny Kanchin keeping in front of Torres, who was right behind him. Travis Schwenke was able to move up to third, getting past Jean Francios Penot at the first corner.
After starting on the back row, Clifford Ebben had made his way up to eight from fifteenth on the grid, now following Jordie Fike at the front of his own little train.
With ten laps to go, Schwenke, Penot and Berger came into the pits. Penot broke very late for the pit speed limit line and avoided Schwenke by hitting the barrier splitting the pits and track. Schwenke came out first, followed by Nicolas Berger and then Penot, far behind, who had a speeding penalty.
Jeroen Ursem came in for a second pitstop as Kanchin and Torres came in from the lead. Torres missed his pit stall and lost a few seconds to the leader Kanchin. Schwenke battled with Torres in the stadium section to get second but wasn’t able to get in front.
Schwenke and Torres battled cleanly until Schwenke went down the inside at the final chicane with four laps to go. The AMS driver overshot the corner, allowing Torres to come back at him in the second part, but the pair made contact which sent Torres into a spin.
Schwenke waited for Torres to get going be he did, but there was too much damage on the yellow number two machine of Jaume Dalmases Torres for him to continue.
Schwenke’s waiting put him back into the clutches of Nicolas Berger. The pair battled until the end but Berger wasn’t able to get past for second place.
Kanchin won again, unchallenged after the pitstops. Stef Veenhof got the AM class win at the final corner on the final lap after Bjorn Deforche.