Team USA Scholarship driver Max Esterson won the Walter Hayes trophy after leading from start to finish in a close final.
The Low Dempsey Racing driver converted pole into the lead into Copse ahead of two-time winner Michael Moyers.
B-M Racing’s Rory Smith made early progress from fifth, passing Wayne Poole Racing’s Ben Mitchell and Team Dolan’s Chris Middlehurst into third.
Smith tried to pass Kevin Mills Racing’s Moyers for second around the outside of Brooklands on a couple of occasions, enabling Esterson to pull out a small advantage.
On lap five of 15, Smith tried to make the move at Brooklands again, but then collided with Moyers into Luffield, putting both off the circuit. Smith was forced to retire, while Moyers rejoined at the back of the field.
Middlehurst and Souley Motorsport’s Ollie White were promoted to second and third, while Esterson pulled out a 1.3 second lead by half-distance.
In the race’s second half, Middlehurst started to eradicate Esterson’s advantage, closely followed by White, Mitchell, Oldfield Motorsport’s Lucas Romanek and WPR’s Josh Fisher.
The five-car train caught Esterson by the start of the final lap, with Middlehurst trying to snatch the lead into Becketts. But the National FF1600 champion ran wide onto the Wellington Straight, allowing White to snatch second.
Esterson held on to beat last year’s winner White by 0.249s, while Mitchell took third from Middlehurst through the final two corners.
Fisher passed Romanek late on to take fifth, while Don Hardman Racing’s Joey Foster and Dolan’s Matt Cowley recovered from their incident in the semi-finals to finish 0.070s apart in seventh and eighth.
Mills was handed a 13s time penalty for the incident with Cowley and Foster in the semi-final, leaving him 23rd on the grid for a delayed final following an unsuccessful appeal. But the 16-year old’s eventful weekend continued with a 19th place finish after a collision with B-M’s Jonny McMullan, who retired after losing a wheel in the incident.
David McCullough was ninth for Team DDR, while TM Racing’s Felix Fisher came out on top in a great scrap with KMR’s Megan Gilkes to finish 10th.
Gilkes held on to 11th by 0.090s from B-M’s David McArthur, with Dolan’s Ben Cochran just behind. DDR’s Ivan McCullough was 14th ahead of Graham Brunton Racing’s Logan Hannah and Swift Cooper’s Luke Cooper.
A misfire put LDR’s Team USA Scholar Andre Castro out early on, while Moyers finished 29th.
Race results (15 laps)
|1||Max Esterson||Low Dempsey Racing||15m31.122s|
|2||Ollie White||Souley Motorsport||+0.249s|
|3||Ben Mitchell||Wayne Poole Racing||+0.638s|
|4||Chris Middlehurst||Team Dolan||+0.844s|
|5||Josh Fisher||Wayne Poole Racing||+0.972s|
|6||Lucas Romanek||Oldfield Motorsport||+1.083s|
|7||Joey Foster||Don Hardman Racing||+4.264s|
|8||Matt Cowley||Team Dolan||+4.334s|
|9||David McCullough||Team DDR||+7.563s|
|10||Felix Fisher||TM Racing||+9.857s|
|11||Megan Gilkes||Kevin Mills Racing||+10.256s|
|12||David McArthur||B-M Racing||+10.346s|
|13||Ben Cochran||Team Dolan||+10.518s|
|14||Ivor McCullough||Team DDR||+12.800s|
|15||Logan Hannah||Graham Brunton Racing||+14.771s|
|16||Luke Cooper||Swift Cooper||+15.171s|
|17||Lewis Fox||Team Fox Racing||+15.719s|
|18||Callum Grant||Nigel Grant Motorsport||+16.164s|
|19||Tom Mills||Kevin Mills Racing||+17.301s|
|20||Nick Gilkes||Kevin Mills Racing||+18.207s|
|21||Michael Gray||Graham Brunton Racing||+20.657s|
|22||James Tucker||Tucker Motorsport||+21.070s|
|24||Kieran Attwood||Souley Motorsport||+22.015s|
|25||Brandon McCaughan||Hugh Ried Racing||+22.111s|
|26||James Hadfield||B-M Racing||+22.396s|
|27||Jordan Harrison||Shaws Motorsport||+22.873s|
|28||Ian Gough||Oldfield Motorsport||+23.770s|
|29||Michael Moyers||Kevin Mills Racing||+25.619s|
|30||Nathan Ward||Kevin MIlls Racing||+28.058s|
|31||Ben Tilley||Simon Hadfield Motorsport||+30.919s|
|Ret||Jonny McMullan||B-M Racing|
|Ret||Rory Smith||B-M Racing|
|Ret||James Clarke||PWR1 Racing|
|Ret||Andre Castro||Low Dempsey Racing|
|Fastest lap: Cowley, 1m01.321s|