THOMPSON WINS RACE 1
James Thompson turned pole position into his and Alfa Romeo's first win of the season. Nicola Larini of Chevrolet was second followed by SEAT Sport man Yvan Muller. Six cars were involved in incidents in the first corner meaning three laps under safety car conditions.Andy Priaulx came home 5th, in between SEAT Sport duo Jordi Gené (4th) and Michel Jourdain (6th). Jörg Müller will begin Race 2 from pole after claiming 8th position.
The rolling start saw Tarquini making contact with the side of Monteiro's car. The two veered off in opposite directions. As Monteiro was sent across the track he collected Robert Huff. In a domino effect Roberto Colciago of SEAT Sport Italia, and BMW Team Italy-Spain drivers Félix Porteiro and Alex Zanardi also found themselves in the gravel. They all retired.
Seconds later Augusto Farfus of BMW Team Germany spun and rejoined in 17th.
The race was resumed at the end of lap 4 and while the front runners kept position there was a shuffle towards the back. Luca Rangoni (eventual winner of the independents' race and 7th overall), overtook Pierre-Yves Corthals. Moments after, Tom Coronel and Jörg Müller also passed the Belgian. Müller promoted himself to 8th over the next few laps by overtaking Coronel and Stefano D'Aste. Meanwhile, Larini was defending against Yvan Muller.
Lap 12 saw a further pile-up after Coronel hit the back of D'Aste's BMW 320si which also caught Farfus. All three cars sped into the gravel and while D'Aste crossed the line 12th, Coronel and Farfus finished 21st and 22nd respectively.