Carey McMahon has crushed his opposition in the opening Group A&C Touring Car Revival race at the 2012 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.
While a number of his peers started spearing off and scraping each other from the get-go, the polesitter blazed a trail and completed the eight-lapper at Albert Park with a huge 6.026-second cushion over second-placed Luke Ellery to make it a Nissan Skyline 1-2.
“The plan was to keep my head down from the start and keep things ticking along,” said McMahon. “There was certainly a bit going on around the place, but I just stuck to my guns and it feels great to come away with the win. Now the next step is to shoot for a clean sweep in race two.”
Meanwhile, Troy Stapleton (Holden Commodore TWR), Ross Donnelley (Ford Sierra) and Bill Cutler (BMW M3) spent the entire journey in positions 3-5, with a massive chunk of the Albert Park circuit separating the trio.
That helped to keep them out of any potential trouble, but a number of other drivers weren’t so fortunate, including veteran Jim Richards (BMW 635) who spun out on the last lap. He eventually finished in 10th position.
David Holc (Commodore TWR), who was the only driver shaping up as a major threat to McMahon, was another to exit stage left from the track, with his misdemeanour occurring on lap one.
Despite a number of thrills and spills, only six of the historic showpieces failed to make the distance, and a capacity 40-car grid is expected to line up in race two at 11.20am tomorrow.