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Jun 29, 2019

Barram claims win in frantic opening race

Photo: Revved Photography

David Barram has claimed the first race of the Australian Prototype Series’ second round at Phillip Island after an incredible performance on the opening lap saw him pick up the win.

Barram started the race in eighth place after a disappointing qualifying session in the wet but soon found himself in the lead after a frantic opening lap saw a number of the top enders fall down the order.

Once in the lead, he never gave it up as he continued for the next six laps comfortably in control and untroubled.

Despite closing the gap in the second half of the race, Barram continued his charge and claimed the first race of the weekend.

Click here to watch the top three's full reactions. 

"I'm very excited because the start went like I have never started in 35 years of racing," Barram said.

"From 8th to the lead on the first lap, I think they might’ve squabbled a bit and I got a bit of a gap so it really satisfying.

"I've had better prep this time round. Last round, I had a sticking throttle so I fixed that so hopefully we don’t have any problems later on this weekend."

Both reigning champion Jason Makris and John-Paul Drake were the other drivers to gain big from the chaotic opening lap as they moved from sixth and seventh to second and third respectively.

For Makris, he put his rise up the field down to his team's successful strategy.

"Today we had qualifying in the wet and we were not quite set up for those conditions because yesterday we had dry weather," Makris said.

"Today I was confident sticking with the our plan and it paid off because we finished second.

"Tomorrow I need to focus on tyre preservation. I didn't really preserve the tyres in that race, so I’ll just have to do the same thing as today, just a little bit of preservation.

As for Drake, who was celebrating his 43rd birthday today, a bumpy start, which saw him off the track, cost him a stronger position and a chance to beat Barram and Makris.

"It's awesome, I was pretty happy with that. I thought I had a chance, I had a reasonably bad start, but got caught out on the grass," Drake explained.

"I felt really good in the wet today, In qualifying I came in a couple of laps early and then everyone got quicker so it was a rookie mistake from me.

"In the race, we got through the first lot of traffic fine and then in the second lot of traffic, I just got caught up and it take long.

"I sort of had to battle a bit through. I got up with Dave and Jase and it was a pretty entertaining race for a while."

Click here to view the full results from race 1.

It was a race to forget for the starting top two as the weekend’s pole placer Carmelo Bonaventura’s good work in qualifying was undone off the start when he was slow off the line, finishing in seventh outright after being unable to recover.

The second round of the Australian Prototype Series continues with race two at 9:40am (AEST).