Rory Smith came from fifth on the grid to beat Julian Van der Watt by 0.074 seconds in Walter Hayes Trophy heat three at Silverstone, after the early leaders clashed.
The B-M Racing driver was able to take advantage of a clash between poleman Michael Eastwell and Josh Fisher on the second lap, and from there he steadily built up a gap and until a late safety car period brought the field together.
A one lap shootout took place after the safety car, and WHT returnee Van der Watt gave Smith a major scare by getting a much better exit from Luffield on the run to the finish.
Kevin Mills Racing’s Eastwell had led from pole and held off a fast-starting Fisher for the first two laps before they collided, pushing Eastwell down to third and Wayne Poole Racing’s Fisher down to 10th.
After a skillful wheel-to-wheel battle in which both drivers had held second place, both drivers appeared to spin at the same time but without any contact. This gave Van der Watt second place, with Team DDR’s David McCullough following closely behind.
Soon after, the race was neutralised when Klaus-Dieter Haeckel suffered suspension damage and had to park on the outside of Copse. After the safety car period, McCullough was able to hold on to third from Callum Grant.
B-M Racing’s David McArthur had an effective race, starting in 11th and beating the recovering Fisher to fifth.
KMR’s Scott Temple came home in seventh, just ahead of Eastwell and Middlehurst. Roger Orgee (KMR) finished 10th, with Stuart Gough (Oldfield Motorsport) in 11th.
Race results (8 laps)
|1||Rory Smith||B-M Racing||11m16.699s|
|2||Julian Van der Watt||+0.074s|
|3||David McCullough||Team DDR||+0.785s|
|4||Callum Grant||Neil Grant||+0.995s|
|5||David McArthur||B-M Racing||+1.249s|
|6||Josh Fisher||Wayne Poole Racing||+1.985s|
|7||Scott Temple||Kevin Mills Racing||+2.138s|
|8||Michael Eastwell||Kevin Mills Racing||+2.211s|
|9||Chris Middlehurst||Team Dolan||+2.601s|
|10||Roger Orgee||Kevin Mills Racing||+3.691s|
|11||Stuart Gough||Oldfield Motorsport||+4.991s|
|12||Neil Fowler||Neil Fowler Motorsport||+5.498s|
|13||Peter Daly||Don Hardman Racing||+5.849s|
|14||Neil Tofts||Enigma Motorsport||+8.163s|
|15||Adam Fathers||AF Racing||+8.750s|
|16||Steve Barlow||Graham Brunton Racing||+9.207s|
|18||Brad Dias||Graham Brunton Racing||+10.150s|
|19||Sam Street||SamS Motorsport||+13.633s|
|20||Paul Barnes||Souley Motorsport||+13.845s|
|Ret||Klaus-Dieter Haeckel||Haeckel Motorsport|
|DNS||George Haynes||Mark Haynes|
|Fastest lap: Smith, 1m06.821s|