Audi Sport Team Saintéloc emerged through the many caution periods in a favorable position and generally performed strongly. The two Germans and 2017 winners Haase and Winkelhock and their Belgian teammate Vervisch had been in with a chance of finishing on the podium since Sunday morning. With third place within grasp, Vervisch rolled slowly, due to a very close fuel calculation, to his final pit stop on the last drops of fuel and was beaten in the brand internal fight by Team Montaplast by Land-Motorsport. Wolfgang Land’s team, a former class winner at Spa, returned to the 24-hour race with Audi this year. The brothers Kelvin and Sheldon van der Linde and their Swiss teammate Jeffrey Schmidt finished third after excellent drives from all of them.
Immediately after the start, René Rast led the race in the Audi R8 LMS number 2 from Audi Sport Team WRT. With such strong competition there was no dominant brand to start and the lead changed hands frequently. However Audi’s DTM Champion dropped back during the night together with his teammates Nico Müller and Robin Frijns. His team completed the mandatory five-minute technical pit stop under the green flag, while other competitors benefitted from caution periods. At not a single pit stop was the number 2 able to benefit from this advantage when the entire field follows the safety car at slow speed and thus lose less time during a pit stop. The Audi factory drivers from the DTM took the checkered flag in eighth place.
Start number 1 went away empty-handed after a strong comeback drive. After qualifying Christopher Mies, Alex Riberas and Dries Vanthoor received a sport penalty that they had to take in the first race laps. From 63rd and last place, they fought their way into the top ten before having to retire just before the finish. In addition to the three Audi R8 LMS cars in the top ten, Attempto Racing also made the finish. Pierre Kaffer, Kim-Luis Schramm and Clemens Schmid took the checkered flag in 24th place.
The third round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge is on the agenda in just four weeks. The teams meet up again in Japan at the Suzuka 10 Hours on August 24–26. Audi is reigning Champion in this global race series.