Szymon Ładniak claimed an authoritative victory on the first visit of TCR Germany to the Salzburgring, with the Team Engstler driver seeing off an early challenge from team-mate Martin Andersen.
At the start, Andersen beat fellow Honda racer Ładniak away from the lights, but on lap three the Pole found a way back past into a lead which he would not lose.
Not only that, but Ładniak was able to then extend an 11-second advantage over the Dane to claim his first-ever win in the series.
“The win feels wonderful,” said Ładniak. “A few bad things went through my head when I was first with that much margin, but I made it. Standing here with the trophy is sensational.”
Andersen had a tough fight to hold on to second, with ROJA Motorsport’s René Kircher ultimately having to settle for the final podium place in his Hyundai i30 N, just half a second behind Andersen.
Robin Jahr also remained in the mix for a podium, but the ROJA Team Principal took fourth, following his team-mate home.
Double winner last time out, Jessica Bäckman had a difficult task after starting from the back of the grid due to an engine change penalty, but she fought her way through to fifth.
There was a sizeable gap to sixth, where 62-year-old Roland Hertner finished in his Liqui Moly Team Engstler Honda.
Race two gets underway at 13:45 CEST (12:45 BST) on Sunday.
|1||21||Szymon ŁADNIAK||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR||22||32:08.814||1:26.719||1|
|2||19||Martin ANDERSEN||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR||22||11.407||1:27.016||2|
|3||8||René KIRCHER||ROJA Motorsport by ASL Lichtblau||Hyundai i30 N TCR||22||11.910||1:27.028||3|
|4||22||Robin JAHR||ROJA Motorsport by ASL Lichtblau||Hyundai Veloster N TCR||22||12.405||1:27.158||4|
|5||26||Jessica BÄCKMAN||ROJA Motorsport by ASL Lichtblau||Hyundai Veloster N TCR||22||14.162||1:27.056||12|
|6||9||Roland HERTNER||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||Honda Civic Type-R FK7 TCR||22||55.951||1:28.813||11|
|7||11||Vincent RADERMECKER||maurer motorsport||Holden Astra TCR||22||57.985||1:29.443||6|
|8||13||Max GRUHN||Gruhn Stahlbau Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR 2021||22||1:25.553||1:28.085||8|
|9||38||Kai ROSOWSKI||K-Ro Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||22||1:28.163||1:29.790||9|
|10||17||Michael MAURER||maurer motorsport||Holden Astra TCR||21||+ 1 LAP||1:32.162||10|
|R||27||Jonas KARKLYS||NordPass||Hyundai i30 N TCR||12||DNF||1:27.734||5|
|R||34||Patrick SING||RaceSing||Hyundai i30 N TCR||8||DNF||1:27.918||7|