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After two slightly unusual A Mains, the Thriller landed in our laps as three of the Worlds hopefuls ended up blasting it out in the closing stages.

Another clean start led away by Jorn Neumann as he looked to lock down a World title however a massive mistake cost him as he landed badly off the small table top allowing Cavalieri to pass – Cav not in with a chance to win overall but this setup an interesting dilemma, Tessmann right behind and then AE team mate Steven Hartson in 3rd from 6th on the grid.

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The trio raced lap after lap with Tessmann shadowing Cav whilst also holding off Hartson right behind snapping up any scraps should the leading pair tangle. The big moment happened  3 mins in as Cavalieri got the step up corner infront of the drivers stand wrong allowing Tessmann and Hartson to duel it out for a World Championship, a collective gasp of excitement from the crowd ensued. Tessmann looked to soak up Hartson’s pressure like a sponge, however with 1:20 left on the clock it happened: Tessmann got a bad entry to the triple double went wide and landed on the top of a jump, Hartson inch perfect swept by on the inside, able to smell a World Championship, however that wasn’t the end of the drama as Tessmann desperate to atone for the mistake forced his D413 into top gear to pressure Hartson. For the penultimate lap Hartson had the lead but again going into the flat DTM section he rolled it, landing luckily on his wheels but losing ground to Tessmann who now had a World title in sight, at this point Naoto had caught up to 4th just behind Cav in P3, Cav showed great sporting driving pulling aside to let Naoto through, setting up an 30 second EPIC showdown for a World Title.

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As Tessmann led around he had a small gap to Hartson, however a wheelie on the banked corner ended in disaster as his car grip rolled and overturned, he managed to save it onto all four but lost the critical lead also allowing Naoto into 2nd. With no time left seemingly the momentum seemed to lie with Naoto, slicing his way though the field chasing down Hartson on the last lap, the pair drag raced down the straight and Naoto sent his car flying like a ballistic missile over the triple double collecting Hartson in the process. Both cars landing roof down but critically Hartson’s Associated held together whilst Naoto broke. Hartson rolled the last few corners and crossed the line as the new 4WD World Champion.

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