The Hexis duo of Christian Hohenadel/Andrea Piccini looked set to overcame their Young Driver Aston Martin stablemates in the championship race at Beijing's Goldenport track on Saturday until spinning out with a handful of minutes to go, which handed victory to Stefan Mucke and Darren Turner.
In a rain-affected and crash-strewn race, which started and finished under the safety car, the first corner of racing claimed the championship-contending All-Inkl Lamborghini of Marc Basseng and Markus Winkelhock, who were punted off the track along with the Hexis Aston of Stef Dusseldorp and Clivio Piccione.
The Young Driver Aston of Alex Muller/Tomas Enge led early on from the sister car of Turner and Mucke. The positions swapped in the pitstops, with Turner exiting ahead of Muller, but both were jumped by Piccini in the Hexis Aston.
The decisive moment of the race came with just five minutes to go, when Piccini spun off just as a safety car was called for due to Jeroen den Boer beaching his Corvette. The Hexis car's exit was an added bonus for points leaders Lucas Luhr and Michael Krumm, who finished third in their JRM Nissan – a great recovery after Luhr binned it early on in qualifying, forcing them to start the day from 16th on the grid. Krumm/Luhr take an 11-point lead over Mucke and Turner into the finale in Argentina.
Maxime Martin led the race briefly in his Marc VDS Ford GT after a blinding opening stint, but his teammate Bertrand Baguette just could not keep his pace, and dropped back to fourth by the finish. A great race for fifth was won by Enrique Bernoldi's Sumo Power-run Nissan after a frenetic duel with Nico Verdonck's Exim Corvette.