45 minutes were a long time to race for the finalists but – as the 30 minutes semifinals – gave lots of track time to all competitors. Finally nine 1/10 racers saw the checkered flag of race director Markus Puetz who was assisted by Nicole Boers and Arno Puepke in the time keeping. After 162 laps it was Sebastian Buerge winning with a four lap advantage over Benjamin Lehmann. Pole-sitter Andy Weyhofen was another two laps down and completed the podium. Marco Muscaro, Bernd Rausch, Joerg Baldes, Klaus Vollmert, Udo Tappertzhofen and Michael Hetzel came in on fourth to ninth position while Daniel Toennessen retired after 20 minutes following a crash.
Tobias Hepp took TQ with 20 laps in 5.03,501 minutes which was more than a lap quicker in comparison to the 1/10 TQ of Weyhoven (19/5.08,369). Hepp was followed by Frank Schewiola and Ralf Vahrenkamp in the three rounds of heats. In the 45 minutes final race Hepp did 172 laps, ten more than 1/10 winner Buerge. As after the heats it was Hepp in front of Schewiola and Vahrenkamp which made it an all-Serpent podium.
Round two of the NRW Challenge will be held on 26/27 September at Oberhausen, the finale will take place on 17/18 October at Bad Breisig.