Polesitter Jeroen Bleekemolen shot away from first position, and led a packed field of 92 cars down into turn one. Mirko Bortolotti held fast in second position in his #963 Lamborghini, with the #911 Porsche of Robert Renauer in third meaning the top three held their positions at the start.
There was change behind though as Sven Muller moved up to fourth position in his Porsche, with the Mercedes of Yelmer Buurman completing the top five.
The leaders hit traffic at the end of lap three, and will remain jostling for position out on track until the end of the race.
The start was a clean one, until the #21 Lamborghini of Marc Basseng and #28 Renault RS-01 made contact, pitching Basseng’s Huracan into a spin.
Leading SPX are the two Vortex V8 cars of COOL RACING BY GPC MOTORSPORT and the Vortex V8 racing teams respectively.
Meanwhile in the 991 class, Porsche stalwart Klaus Bachler leads the way from Anders Fjordbach in his #68 Porsche run by Black Falcon Team TMD Friction.
In SP3-GT4, the #123 Nissan 370z GT4 of Jann Mardenborough took the lead of the class from second on the grid, demoting the Century Motorsport Ginetta of Jack Mitchell to second.
Photo credit: Abu Dhabi Racing