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Ek showcased his mastery of both the BMW and the circuit

Greetings from the legendary Nordschleife, where today's 120-minute GT3 race unfolded under clear skies and dry conditions. Despite a slightly reduced grid, with about 20 drivers opting in, the iconic circuit promised no shortage of excitement and competition.

Benjamin Ek, in his BMW M4 GT3, secured pole position and led the field off the line with a clean start. Despite a couple of individual issues among drivers, there were no major incidents, setting a tone of clean, competitive racing for the duration.

The Nordschleife, with its daunting 8-minute lap time and over 170 corners, tested the skills and endurance of every driver, but even with fewer cars, the track witnessed several engaging battles across the classes.

In the Gold class, Benjamin Ek showcased his mastery of both the BMW and the circuit, leading comfortably throughout the race. Although it might have seemed an easy win from the outside, maintaining pace and concentration on such a demanding track is anything but simple. Arcadio Trevino followed in second place, steering his Mercedes AMG EVO with skill and precision, while Xander Huizing completed the podium in his Ferrari 296, making a solid statement in his performance.

The Silver class saw some dramatic moments, especially towards the race's end. Phil Clarke, in a daring move with his Lexus RCF, attempted an overtaking maneuver on Eduardo Daroca's Mercedes AMG EVO at the penultimate corner. This resulted in a spin for Daroca, leading to immediate controversy. The race stewards quickly intervened, reviewing the incident and deciding to reverse the positions, awarding Eduardo Daroca the class victory due to Clarke's overly aggressive move. Anthony Smeekes finished third in his Ferrari 296, rounding out the Silver podium.

As the dust settles on the Nordschleife's lengthy and twisting layout, the Spring Cup GT3 series now shifts focus to the upcoming sprint race at the Red Bull Ring. The stark contrast from the Nordschleife’s complex 170 corners to the Red Bull Ring's far fewer turns will pose a different set of challenges for the drivers, testing their adaptability and speed on a much shorter, but no less intense, circuit.

Stay tuned as we continue to bring you all the action from the Spring Cup GT3 series, where each race brings its own unique set of challenges and thrills. Until next time, this is your pit lane reporter signing off from an exhilarating day at the Nordschleife.