Fabio Leimer dominated the opening International Formula Master race of the season at Pau on Saturday.
The Swiss driver started from pole position but had to fend off an attack from fellow front row starter Josef Kral into Turn 1.
Kral pulled ahead of Leimer on the outside but snatched a brake on the way into the corner and slid into the tyre wall.
That left Leimer to claim an uncontested victory as he charged away from the chasing pack and built a 15-second lead by the end of the 37-lap race.
"It was really close at the start with Kral, he nearly overtook me," said Leimer. "After that it wasn't so difficult for me because there was nobody close so I could drive my own race."
Vladimir Arabadzhiev and Pal Varhaug completed the podium, each maintaining their positions after inheriting one spot from Kral at the first corner.
Alessandro Kouzkin finished fourth after pursuing Jonathan Kennard for the entire race and demoting the Briton on the final lap. Latvian Harald Schlegelmilch completed the top six.
Pos Driver Team Gap 1. Fabio Leimer Jenzer 45m41.898 2. Vladimir Arabadjiev JD +15.891 3. Pal Varhaug Jenzer +20.880 4. Alessandro Kouzkin Cram +36.812 5. Jonathan Kennard JVA +37.988 6. Harald Schlegelmilch Cram +44.845 7. Frankie Provenzano Trident +51.096 8. Dennis Retera AR +1m01.208 9. Duncan Tappy JVA +1m12.238 10. Alexander Rossi Hitech +1 lap 11. Earl Bamber ADM +1 lap Retirements Marcello Puglisi ADM 25 laps Kasper Andersen Hitech 21 laps Simon Trummer Iris 21 laps Sergei Afanasiev JD 17 laps Kelvin Snoeks AR 8 laps Patrick Reiterer Iris 5 laps Josef Kral JD 0 laps Fastest lap, Leimer 1:12.628