Team USA scholar Scott Huffaker won the second Walter Hayes Trophy heat, after multiple-time winners Joey Foster and Michael Moyers collided.
At the start, Foster and Moyers pulled clear of the chasing pack from the front row of the grid and were racing wheel-to-wheel around Silverstone’s still-damp National layout, ending lap two just 0.005 seconds apart.
The pair came to grief at Copse shortly after when Kevin Mills Racing driver Moyers squeezed Foster onto the damper inside line. That caused the Don Hardman Racing driver to slide to the outside and tangle with Moyers.
Suspension damage to both cars caused the pair to retire and consign them to the Progression race on Sunday morning as their only chance of making it to the semi-finals.
Third went the way of Ian Campbell, who fended off a late challenge from Myerscough College’s Jack Wolfenden after the latter progressed from sixth following an opening lap spin.
Miles Griffiths, driving for the familiarly named Hi-Tech Motorsports, took fifth place, 0.248s clear of John Svensson, having been unable to repel the challenge from Wolfenden at mid-distance.
Seventh went the way of James Hadfield (B-M Racing), with Peter Lucas (Souley Motorsport) half-a-second behind as he finished as the best of the Janet Cesar Memorial Trophy class cars in eighth.
Race results (8 laps)
|1||Scott Huffaker||Cliff Dempsey Racing||9m14.984s|
|2||Ivor McCullough||Team DDR||+2.130s|
|4||Jack Wolfenden||Myerscough College||+7.006s|
|5||Miles Griffiths||Hi-Tech Motorsport||+6.377s|
|6||John Svensson||John’s Racing Team||+8.625s|
|7||James Hadfield||B-M Racing||+15.248s|
|8||Peter Lucas||Souley Motorsport||+15.807s|
|9||Richard Davison||Souley Motorsport||+17.469s|
|10||Neil McArthur||B-M Racing||+19.173s|
|11||Richard Higgins||Riadro Motorsport||+19.790s|
|12||Stuart Thorburn||Border Reivers||+20.038s|
|15||Leanne McShane||Souley Motorsport||+27.546s|
|16||Joe Walton||Souley Motorsport||+28.511s|
|17||Joe Watts||Team Fox Racing||+30.468s|
|19||James Colborn||Wayne Poole Racing||+39.212s|
|20||Neil Hunt||Enigma Motorsport||+40.337s|
|21||Richard Mendoza||Enigma Motorsport||+45.065s|
|23||Jeremy Caine||Neil Fowler Motorsport||+52.053s|
|Ret||Joey Foster||Don Hardman Racing|
|Ret||Michael Moyers||Kevin Mills Racing|
|DNS||Richard Tarling||Enigma Motorsport|
|Fastest lap: Huffaker, 1m08.596s|