Despite missing yesterday's action with a back injury, Scotland's Allan McNish has made a stunning start to the Race of a Thousand Years, taking the lead and earning enough points to be declared as series champion.
McNish only had to complete 25 laps to earn enough points to extend his points out of the reach of all his rivals.
After taking the green flag at 4:15pm, Frank Biela took the lead in the #78 Audi, but McNish raced through into the lead - making the move as they entered Victoria Park at 4:40pm
David Brabham held on to third spot as the cars hit 5:00pm aboard the Panoz he will share with local stars Greg Murphy and Jason Bright.
Fellow Panoz driver Jan Magnussen was not as fortunate, retiring at 4:20pm with a broken alternator.
Olivier Beretta and Lucas Luhr held the early lead in the GTS and GT divisions.
The #37 Porsche 911 Turbo of Vic Rice was the first car to enter the pits with a damaged front suspension. The team later reported the car had broken a front ball joint.
The car however, later suffered further trouble with a drive shaft failure, putting them out of the race just before 5:00pm
<pre> RESULTS - HOUR ONE
PROTOTYPE DIVISION 1. Allan McNish, Audi 32 laps
2. Frank Biela, Audi 32 laps
3. David Brabham, Panoz 32 laps
GTS DIVISION 1. Olivier Beretta, 9th outright Chrysler Viper 29 laps
2. Ni Amorim, 17th outright Chrysler Viper 28 laps
3. Stephen Watson, 20th outright Chrysler Viper 28 laps
GT DIVISION 1. Lucas Luhr 10th outright Porsche GT3-R 28 laps
2. Sascha Massen 11th outright Porsche GT3-R 28 laps
3. Bill Auberlen 12th outright BMW M3 28 laps