John de Veth recovers to win GT1/GT2 opener
Despite a chaotic start to his race John De Veth came through the field to take the TradeZone GT1/GT2 win. De Veth passed Kerry Ross and Blair McDonald to take the lead on the penultimate lap, and then built a 5-second by the fall of the checkered flag.
Event more impressive was after bringing out the red flag in qualifying de Veth started the race from last on the grid and struggled to get the car going. A safety car was called on the first lap which allowed him to catch the back of the train without losing a lap.
The race saw a tight battle between Kerry Ross and Blair McDonald, the pair switching places a number of times through the race. Ross came out on top at the line to take the second place by almost half a second.
Brian Grey finished fourth in the GT1 class, 5-seconds behind the lead group.
Brock Cooley took the GT2 race win while finishing fifth overall in a close battle with Brayden Phillips, who came home in second just 0.065s behind Cooley.
Nick Jones followed the pair home about half a second behind to round out the podium in third. Shane Whitley was another four tenths behind in fourth place.
Simon Barry and Nigel Snow came home in fifth and sixth respectively in GT2, also rounding out the overall top ten.
Andrew Stewart and Nathan Strachan finished in seventh and eighth in class, with Strachan in a tight battle with Ryan Jury only a second back in ninth.
Eric Hennephof rounded out the GT2 top ten, finishing 14th overall.
Richard Wagstaff, Struan Robertson and Brad Jesson failed to finish the race.