All of the top three places were filled by SEAT cars, with second-placed Andreas Pfister finishing less than half a second ahead of Stian Paulsen to claim maximum points in the Single-Make Trophy.
Thanks to Monje’s ten-place penalty, imposed after an incident at the previous ETCC meeting in Slovakia, it was the SEAT of Igor Skuz that started from pole position. Skuz, making his debut in the SUNRED Engineering León TDI, held onto his lead until Lap 11, when both the charging Monje and Pfister went past. Struggling with less and less grip from his tyres, Skuz eventually finished 9th.
Behind Monje in Super 2000, Petr Fulín’s BMW finished fourth overall and the best non-SEAT, with the Honda of Peter Rikli in fifth place. The predicted close battle between the two Honda Civic cars in Super Production went down to the wire, with Nikolay Karamyshev losing the lead on the penultimate lap and regaining it again before the chequered flag.
In Super 1600, the Ford Fiesta of category leader Kevin Krammes took yet another win, but the surprise of the race was the performance of the two Maurer Motorsport Chevrolet Aveo cars. Wilson Borgnino finished 2nd, less than one and a half second behind Krammes, with Vadim Meshcheryakov 3rd. Steffen Grossmann’s Fiesta hit the barriers at Turn 9 on only the third lap, which brought out the safety car until the car could be recovered.
As predicted, the tight chicane at Turn 1 provided more than its share of incidents, with Christian Fischer and Aytaç Biter making contact on the opening lap and the pair clashing at the same place on Lap 10. That collision forced the driver’s door on Fischer’s car to open and the Rikli Motorsport Honda then came into the pits on Lap 12 after hitting the tyre stack marking the track limit at T1.
Start – Skuz is first into T1, ahead of Pfister and Fulín
Lap 1 – Monje climbs up to 9th after T1, then passes Sonderegger for 8th
Lap 2 – Contact between Fischer and Biter at T1
Lap 3 – Monje passes Biter for 8th; safety car deployed after Grossman hits barriers at T9
Lap 6 – Paulses passed Fulín for 3rd
Lap 7 – Monje passes Sonderegger for 5th; Bruckner is 2nd S1600 behind Krammes
Lap 8 – Monje up to 3rd after passing Paulsen and Fulín; Rikli passes Gáspár for 7th
Lap 9 – Monje passes Pfister for 2nd; Štádler into the gravel at T12
Lap 10 – Contact between Biter and Fischer; Rikli passes Sonderegger for 6th
Lap 11 – Driver’s door open on Fischer’s car; Monje and Pfister both pass the leader Skuz
Lap 11 – Borgnino passes Bruckner for 2nd in S1600
Lap 12 – Contact between Fischer and Gáspár at T1; Fischer back to the pits
Lap 12 – Skuz drops to 5th behind Paulsen and Fulín
Lap 13 – Rikli passes Skuz for 5th; Tošić passes Karamyshev to lead SP
Lap 14 – Monje takes the win from Pfister; Karamyshev re-takes the SP lead