A reminder of the grid for the first race of the new championship season:
In the first stint of the race, low starter Felipe Cesar was the fastest of the runners, setting the fastest lap on lap 17, with the race leader Vahasoyrinki seeming to take the opening part of the race
in a controlled manner, coming under pressure from the cars behind. On lap 6, Mikko Heininen got past Juan Alejandro, before Jamie Gerrard unleashed a move into Ascari on Alejandro and Yohan Dubois. Other gainers include Henk Dekzwabber and Christian Fischoff, while Germund Svensson and Luis Pesdesbills lost significantly. The only incident was involving Christos Lostovolos, who spun on the exit of turn 2, narrowly avoiding the barrier but losing two positions and a lot of time.
Race standings after lap 19 of 37:
Race standings after lap 37 of 37: