Peter/Davies second in Sakhir
The two JMB drivers crossed the line 26'209 off the time set by the winning pair of Christophe Bouchut and Antonio Garcia (Aston Martin). Next came the Corvette driven by Kumpen/Hezemans/Longin.
Michael Bartels and Timo Scheider took fifth in the MC12, just behind Pedro Lamy and Gabriele Gardel who, with this result, claimed the title. Karl Wendlinger and Andrea Bertolini were unable to defend their overall lead after their bevel gear gave way on lap nine. The driver from Sassuolo was holding second at the time, behind Bouchet. It was the first retirement of the season for the pair.
Bad luck also hit the second Vitaphone Racing Team MC12. It was forced to pull out three laps from the end of the race. This time the transmission shaft on Fabio Babini's car failed when he was in third.
After a clean start, Bouchut tried to pull away but he was tracked by the MC12s of Bertolini, Davies, Babini and Scheider. They all matched the Frenchman's lap times and Babini even bettered them by setting a fastest lap of 1:57.180. This time was only beaten in the closing stages of the race by Jamie Davies (1:56.478 on lap 61). On lap nine came the first shock when Bertolini retired, as stated above.
Half an hour in, Bouchut led Davies (+ 1'951), Bartels (+ 6'903) and Scheider (+ 14'341), overtaken on lap 15 by Lamy. Scheider was the first into the pits, on lap 20 for refueling and to make the driver change. He was followed by Davies (lap 27) and Babini (28).
After one hour and with pit stops still to be made, the race order read: Hezemans (Corvette) heading Garcia, Vasiliev, Peter, Biagi, Gardel and Bartels. Things settled down a few laps later with Garcia leading from Peter (+ 6'7), Biagi (+ 24'4), Gardel (+ 36'5), and Bartels (+ 38'2). The race was not a very eventful one and, halfway through the race, the Aston still held an 11'3 advantage over Peter, 33'4 over Biagi, 59'2 over Gardel and 1'01'566 over Bartels.
Having replaced Peter, Davies clocked the fastest time of 1'56'478 on lap 61. Ten laps later, Babini stopped to refuel and came back in tucked behind Lamy. On the next lap a message appeared on the team monitors warning that the safety car was coming on, even though the race officials or the race director had not shown any yellow flags or signs. The safety car stayed in the pit lane, its lights off.
Having seen the message though, many drivers pulled in to make their pit stops, among these the Aston Martin and Davies and Scheider's MC12. However, the Ferrari of Lamy/Gardel stayed out on the track. This episode damaged the chances of the German who made it back to the race behind the Portuguese driver and Kumpen's Corvette. He was now out of the running for the title.
A great duel between Lamy and Babini heated the final few laps. Babini pulled off an amazing overtaking move on the Ferrari man but his race ended prematurely with a transmission problem. As the event came to an end, Kumpen's Corvette edged past Lamy.
After three hours of racing, Bouchut/Garcia crossed the line up front. Peter/Davies and Longin/Kumpen/Hezemans took the runners-up places.
This race marked the end of the 2005 FIA GT championship season. Maserati were among the stars after taking the FIA GT1 Constructors' Cup and dominating the team series with Vitaphone Racing Team triumphing.