However, Juncadella was caught napping at the start, and Rougier jumped into the lead immediately. The Spaniard was lucky to survive the notorious first turn at Monza as he, Ellis, and Ezekiel Companc went in three wide. Ellis came off worst, while Companc – also in Silver – emerged in second and Juncadella in third.
That sparked a series of incidents, shaking up the order further back quite dramatically. Adrien Tambay, who’d started last in the Sainteloc Audi R8, emerged from the della Roggia chicane in seventh, but was later disqualified after failing to serve two drive-through penalties awarded for causing collisions in the process.
While Juncadella was able to sneak past Rougier before the pit window opened, with a pass into Rettifilo, Rougier returned the favour on lap 23 at the same point on the circuit and, courtesy of a sequence of quick laps, established a gap Juncadella couldn’t close by the chequered flag.
Nicklas Nielsen, who had been seventh on the grid but third in the Pro class in the Iron Lynx Ferrari 488, had a quieter race but came home third overall, eight seconds behind the lead battle, to pick up a point for the team.
Ryuichiro Tomita won the Silver class race for Team WRT. Tomita started a lowly ninth in class in the Audi R8, but greatly benefitted from the chaos of the first two laps, to emerge behind only Companc in the class – dispatching the Argentinian Madpanda team driver only three laps later. Companc would take second, with the Rinaldi Racing Ferrari of Benjamin Hites finishing third.