Joey Foster triumphed in the Formula Ford Festival final by just a tenth of a second over Keith Donegan.
Early drama brought out the safety car when Peter Gillespie, Ben Hurst, and Klaus Dieter Hackel ran into the gravel together at Paddock Hill Bend in the opening laps, with a heavy impact between Hurst and Gillespie.
Polesitter Neil Maclennan managed a strong restart while Foster was briefly preoccupied defending against Matthew Cowley, but Foster soon turned to attack.
He snatched the lead midway through the race with a stunning move around the outside of Maclennan at Paddock Hill.
Maclennan tried to fight back and almost retook the position but Foster firmly shut the door.
A wide moment for Maclennan then dropped him behind Cowley and Donegan. Having started sixth on the grid, Donegan was looking to continue his storming drive up through the field. He put his Van Diemen alongside Cowley’s late in the race, pushing Cowley slightly wide as he made his way through.
As the battle for second had played out, Foster had been building up a gap to the rest of the field.
He was half a second ahead at the start of the final lap but Donegan, now clear of the battle, set about chasing the Ray ahead. He closed the gap to just 0.107s before the chequered flag, but it was too late to challenge for the win.
Behind them, another wide moment for Cowley at Paddock with only a handful of laps to go dropped him to sixth. He tried to fight back, but couldn’t find a way past Chris Middlehurst in fifth.
Maclennan took the final step of the podium ahead of Joshua Smith, who’d enjoyed a strong drive up from 10th on the grid.
Darren Burke and Luke Cooper had been battling in the middle of the top 10 when the pair collided in the second half of the race. Both managed to keep going, but another off for Cooper dropped him to 14th. Burke took the chequered flag seventh, ahead of Noel Robinson, Matt Round-Garrido, and Jason Cooper.