The top finishers from each country showed up for the deciding race in Silverstone: Matthew Simmons from Australia, Ryan Lynch from the United States (we were rooting for him at Blackburn Nissan, as you might expect), Hüseyin Dağli from Turkey, Ali Samy from North Africa, and Juan Carlos Carmona from Mexico, in that order on the grid based on their qualifying performances.
The race was a nail-biting eight-lap sprint. Simmons was off to a great start but too slow in the first corner and dropped to third. Lynch missed a braking point and nearly spun, after which the fight for first was all between Dağli and Simmons, who left everyone else behind as they raced for victory.
When it seemed as though Simmons might finally have cemented first place with back-to-back fastest lap times, a mechanical fault caused his car to lose power and he fell back to third.
Though Dağli won the race, in an unprecedented move, the judges deliberated for an hour before finally announcing Simmons as the GT Academy 2015 champion, signifying the start of his new career as a professional racing driver.