Racing Steps Foundation-backed Dennis, who had been unable to gain any laps throughout the weekend due to fire damage in both the practice and qualifying sessions, took the start of the race in 33rd position having been unable to set a qualifying time earlier in the day.
Fellow RSF-backed racer Ben Barnicoat’s Strakka Racing team-mate Alvaro Parente would start from 13th position on the grid in their McLaren 650 S GT3 machine.
Despite all cars safely managing the opening turns when the lights went out from the rolling start, a melee involving multiple cars towards the back of the grid ensued on the exit of Turn 6.
Both Dennis and Parente managed to escape the accident, but Parente had already collected a puncture to the right rear tyre of the McLaren, while Dennis’s position at the back of the field was of a benefit. The race was quickly red flagged due to the extent of damage and recovery work required.
On the restart, both Dennis and Parente worked hard to pick up places ahead, with Parente handing over to Barnicoat at the earliest available opportunity when the pit window opened; Barnicoat resuming in 26th place.
Dennis’s excellent work resulted in team-mate Pieter Schothorst taking over the car and exiting the pits in 16th position.
With Barnicoat setting excellent sector times and moving up four places during his stint, he was then handed a drive-through penalty for track limits infringements, losing two places in the process.
But the McLaren GT Academy driver battled back well to re-take the two places lost, and took the chequered flag in 22nd position, with Schothorst coming home in 14th place.
The #84 HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 pairing of Franck Perera and Maxi Buhk scored race victory from second place on the grid after pole sitter Giovanni Venturini (Attempto Racing Lambourghini Huracan GT3) was forced to pit on the race resumption with fuel pressure issues.
The sister HTP Motorsport #85 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Fabian Schiller and Jules Szymkowiak scored second place. The #90 Akka ASP Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Michael Meadows and Raffaele Marciello completed the all-Mercedes-powered podium.