Nick McBride has continued his hot form at Sandown with victory in the opening Carrera Cup race of the weekend.
McBride, who was fastest in practice before taking pole earlier today, got the jump off the start to head Sonic Motor Racing team-mate Andre Heimgartner.
Jaxon Evans was to share the front row, but he broke a drive shaft on the warm-up lap and had to watch from the sidelines.
The Sonic duo skipped out to a handy lead, while GT3 Cup Challenge winner Jordan Love soon came under pressure from Alex Davison.
After holding out for six laps, Love skipped across the grass heading into Dandenong Rd corner and soon after Davison was through, follow by points leader David Wall.
Davison closed the gap to Heimgartner, which eased the pressure on McBride through to the finish.
The Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge saw a great fight between Sam Shahin, Stephen Grove and Tim Miles. Each led at one stage, before Shahin spun and then Miles passed Grove late.
The second race of the weekend will be later this afternoon.
VIDEO: McBride and Miles speak after the opening race
|1||77||Nick McBride||Sonic/Bob Jane T-Marts||P|
|2||777||Andre Heimgartner||Bob Jane T-Marts/Money Now||P|
|3||888||Alex Davison||President Limo Australia||P|
|4||38||David Wall||PAYCE/Wilson Security||P|
|5||5||Cameron McConville||Repair Management Australia||P|
|6||79||Jordan Love||Sonic Motor Racing/Quintis||P|
|7||23||Brenton Grove||Porsche Centre Melbourne||P|
|8||136||James Abela||Horsley Park Gun Shop||P|
|9||88||Dylan O’Keeffe||APB Group/President Limo Australia||P|
|11||70||Tim Miles||Miles Advisory Partners||C|
|12||33||Simon Ellingham||Peak Marketing||P|
|13||22||Dean Cook||Zonzo Racing||C|
|14||34||John Morriss||Motorsport Leasing/Race Ramps||C|
|15||4||Stephen Grove||Grove Group||C|
|DNF||7||Jaxon Evans||Hungry Jacks||P|