The current implementation where the thread title takes you to the first new post isn't a very good solution in IMHO. Almost all other forums have an icon next to the thread title which will take you to the first new post.
Often I like to view a thread from the beginning because I forget what the main point of the thread is about. So I will click on the thread title and read the first few posts and then go to the last page.
The best solution is to use what every other forum does and that is to have the New Post icon next to the thread title and make the thread title go to the first post.