The final race of the season would see either Core Simracing or Team Heusinkveld Engineering taking the title, with SimRacing for Holland and Blackadder Motorsport also vying to finish in the top three for the season. The fight for 5th would still be wide open, with Legends Racing, NKH Racing ,Endless Simracing, HAWK SimRacing and Blue Flag Racing covered by just 6 points.
Not having visited the Nürburgring Grand Prix Circuit for some time, getting some early “sighting laps” would be key to a successful race and clinching a top-5 championship placing. It soon became apparent that traffic management would also be crucial, and that passing the BMW Z4 GT3 would pose a significant challenge.
Qualifying went well, with Darren getting the car onto the second row of the grid in 4th place, and the start of the race was – as ever – a very tense affair. Being on the outside on the run to T1 allowed the Endless Simracing Prototype of Jason Marechal to sneak by, and whilst contesting fourth place, the top three opened up a gap on the rest of the field.
Traffic played its part in bunching up the prototypes, and with a clumsy attempt at a pass on lap 16, Marechal clipped the Legends car, sending Darren spinning down the order to 8th place, and facing another uphill battle to recover. 7th place would come courtesy of a fine pass towards the chicane on lap 50, and moved to 6th on lap 59 as Endless Simracing had an early stop.
Adam took over from Darren on lap 63, and was sat in 5th by the end of lap 98. From that point forward the Blackadder prototype would fill Adam’s mirrors, in what ultimately looked to be an inspried strategic call to save fuel, and allow Chrisitan Challiner to take the Blackadder car to the finish without the splash and dash that many teams found to be needed, and gaining several positions as a result.
After a quick visit to the pits late in the race for a splash of fuel, Adam safely brought the Legends car home in 6th.
Adam and Darren finished the season in 6th place in what was a really tight mid-pack battle, but topped the table in the Clean X standings, something the pair can be rightly proud of.
The season wasn’t without mistakes, bad luck, or falling foul of the wrath of the stewards, but seldom in endurance racing does everything go to plan!