Verstappen’s exit from his pit was obscured by the Ferrari 51 Ferrari GTE which entered the pits sideways.
Verstappen was able to resume the race in second place and took the lead when the 16-car Veloce, which has Mercedes Formula E driver Stoffel Vandoorne among its drivers, made an unexpected pit stop.
Rebellion Williams Esports’ entry at 13, with the Factory GT ACE GT from the Raffaele Marciello factory at the wheel, was quickly closed on the injured Verstappen.
Former Ferrari junior Marciello was able to get within a second of Verstappen before the Dutchman suffered a series of technical problems that caused his car to crash into the barriers through Porsche curves.
Verstappen performed injections for repairs, then handed the Redline entrance to Kerkhof, who began his attempt to charge to get back into the top 10.
Marciello took the lead against Oliver Rowland of Formula E in the race of the 2 Mers Motorsport, with another Rebellion Williams car – featuring F1 junior F1 Jack Aitken – completing the top three in the LMP class.
The GTE class was dominated by the No. 93 Porsche, with Norwegian sim rider Tommy Ostgard driving the final relay.
The Porsche sisters No. 92 and No. 91 supported by the factory maintained the manufacturer’s 1-2-3 at 10 o’clock.
Charles Leclerc suffered a second nightmare pass in his Ferrari 488 GTE as he left second place shortly after leaving the pit lane.
He was then hit by a multitude of technical problems that left his car – now in the hands of fellow F1 star Antonio Giovinazzi – raced last at the end of the 10thE Time.
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