As more stops were completed the order began to settle, with Dayson duelling for fifth with the United Autosports Ligier of Garett Grist.
But the safety car was out again and both Dayson and Grist were waved by. He was almost back in the line when he peeled off into the pits, for the final change handover to Woodward.
Both the 360 and United Autosports Ligiers had gained from the safety car and emerged as the lead battle, as Woodward was left fending off Tommy Erdos for his entire stint. But the 360 crew had made their last mandatory stop earlier, so it was just tyres and fuel and out again, whereas United Autosports had a longer stop.
“It was a great last stop, as soon as the wheels were back on we were way. I think I came out 12 secs up, but traded times with Erdos, depending on the traffic. I managed to open a gap, keep my head down, stay focused and take no risks,” Woodward explained.
Due to the long halt at the start, it was fitting that team principal Woodward brought the car to the flag for a maiden victory, whereas normally it would have been Kaiser.
“I could see no one was behind me, and thought we were on the podium. But as I took the flag I saw all the team on the pitwall and my engineer Rob came on the radio and said P1,” he added.
“We have lost out so many times to safety car situations, it was a change to be on the receiving end for once. Terrence drove brilliantly to make it work to the end,” said Kaiser.
“This was for the whole team. So pleased and we deserved it,” Woodward concluded.
By Peter Scherer