Yelmer Buurman overcame poleman and series leader Craig Dolby of Tottenham Hotspur to romp away and give AC Milan its first victory of the Superleague Formula season at Magny-Cours on Sunday.
Buurman won the opening race by over 12 seconds, having passed Dolby at the Adelaide hairpin on lap four. His only real scare came in the pitlane, when his team released him into the path of the incoming John Martin (Beijing Guoan), but Buurman made the necessary evasive action to avoid a collision.
Despite this, Buurman rejoined well clear of Dolby, who was held up in traffic behind Sporting Lisbon's Borja Garcia. The 4sec gap between them quickly opened out, and Buurman cruised to the chequered flag unopposed. The result moves Milan up to second in the points, behind Tottenham.
"It was a great race for me, a bit lonely, but perfect," said Buurman. "I was a bit quicker than Craig, and I used my push-to-pass, and he blocked me. At first I thought I wasn't going to make it, but then I got him. Hopefully this will be the first of many wins."
Dolby said: "Race two will be better for us. I was not too happy with the car, something changed halfway through the race. But take nothing away from Yelmer, he was quick today."
There was a controversial clash between GU-run Chris van der Drift (Olympiacos) and Max Wissel (FC Basel) at the first corner, which left Wissel on the sidelines and distinctly unhappy: "We spoke many times about never to crash as team-mates, but he hit my with his front tire. So I don't know what went wrong."
Van der Drift survived the clash to finish third, jumping ahead of Martin during the pit stop cycle. Martin finished fourth, fending off repeated attacks from FC Porto's Alvaro Parente, who himself came under attack from sixth-placed James Walker (Liverpool). Walker had got ahead of Assen winner Davide Rigon (Anderlecht) with 10 laps to go.
It was a bad day for the quintet of French drivers on home soil. Franck Perera (Flamengo) finished eighth, ahead of Sebastien Bourdais (Lyon) and Franck Montagny (Bordeaux).
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1. Yelmer Buurman AC Milan 45m59.226s
2. Craig Dolby Tottenham Hotspur + 12.902s
3. Chris van der Drift Olympiacos + 21.282s
4. John Martin Beijing Guoan + 28.544s
5. Alvaro Parente FC Porto + 29.278s
6. James Walker Liverpool FC + 30.329s
7. Davide Rigon RSC Anderlecht + 31.131s
8. Franck Perera Flamengo + 32.012s
9. Sebastien Bourdais Olympique Lyonnais + 46.583s
10. Franck Montagny Girondins de Bordeaux + 48.907s
11. Borja Garcia Sporting + 56.315s
12. Robert Doornbos Corinthians + 1m00.008s
13. Julien Jousse AS Roma + 1m11.595s
14. Tristan Gommendy Galatasaray + 1m17.216s
15. Maria de Villota Atletico de Madrid + 1 lap
16. Marcos Martinez Sevilla FC + 1 lap
Max Wissel FC Basel 0 laps