Monza always produces amazing racing, and Race 1 was no different.
Pole-sitter Augusto Farfus failed to capitalise on his position, with Brit Rob Huff diving down the inside before the first chicane with Gabriele Tarquini taking the long way round from seventh on the grid to tuck in behind Huff.
Independents Kristen Poulsen and Darryl O' Young got too close for comfort coming out of the first chicane, and both went careering into the barriers
Approaching the start of Lap 2 Tarquini's SEAT was all over the back of Huff's Chevrolet, gaining a huge tow down the main straight. In the late braking battle that ensued, it was Tarquini that came out on top. Cue Huff to take up the job of hugging the SEAT's rear bumper like a long lost brother.
Behind them, the Team RBM duo of Andy Priaulx and Farfus were involved in their own little scrap over 3rd.
Whereas a great battle was shaping up at the front, luck wasn't on Norbert Michelisz's side. After running well in 5th, he was clouted by the Chevrolet of Alain Menu going into the first chicane, causing him to cut it, with Menu having to cruise to the pits when his bonnet flicked up after the shunt. Michelisz was then given a Drive Through. And when things couldn't get any worse for the Norwegian, he was called in again to remove his flailing rear bumper.
Coming through the Ascari on the last lap, Tarquini's front left tyre decided it had had enough, and de-laminated. Huff capitalised on this, for about 10 seconds, when his front left wanted a piece of the action, and exploded approaching the Parabolica.
Chaos reigned as the entry to the Parabolica was under yellow flag conditions after rookie Leonel Pernia went too deep on the penultimate lap, and beached it in the gravel.
It looked as though Huff might get away with it, but with green flags being waved at the exit onto the main straight, Priaulx and Farfus darted past to take a 1-2 with Huff nursing his 3 wheeled Chevrolet across the line in 3rd. Muller jumped to 4th ahead of Coronel. Fredy Barth was top rookie in 6th after Nykjaer fell to 8th. Tarquini managed to cross the line in 7th with Tiago Monteiro and Independent Trophy winner Harry Vaulkhard rounding out the Top 10.