Luke Cooper broke clear of Joey Foster to win the opening Anglesey Britcover National Formula Ford 1600 with Avon Tyres race, while third finishing Luke Williams’s sealed the title.
Poleman Cooper resisted initial pressure from three-time Walter Hayes Trophy winner Foster, and then escaped with a string of fastest laps in the closing stages.
Cooper’s final winning margin was just over three seconds, as Foster was kept busy resisting increasing pressure from pre-race points leader Williams.
Though Firman driver Williams could not find a way through, with Foster a guest entry, he was awarded points for second place. With dropped scores considered, the 25-year-old secured the Road to Indy Scholarship shootout place by five points with two races remaining.
Williams’s main championship rival Neil Maclennan only managed to progress to seventh from 10th on the grid, though his Cliff Dempsey Racing team-mate Jamie Thorburn fared better as he charged up from eighth to fourth.
Thorburn emerged at the front of an intense battle that also featured Scottish champion Ross Martin, who had briefly been second after a fast start, Josh Smith in his first weekend with Oldfield Motorsport, Maclennan and Kevin Mills Racing’s Michael Eastwell. The quintet finished within two seconds of each other.
Keith Donegan headed an equally fraught group for ninth, chased home by James Roe Jr and the slightly damaged car of Jack Wolfenden. Jake Byrne and Cooper’s brother Jason had also been part of this group until a spectacular late collision at the final corner took Cooper out and dropped Byrne to 14th.
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