Josh Fisher held off 2014 National Formula Ford 1600 champion Stuart Gough to take victory in the final heat of the Walter Hayes Trophy, ahead of Sunday’s knockout stages.
Fisher moved his Wayne Poole Racing Van Diemen up the inside of polesitter Gough’s Kevin Mills Racing Spectrum at Brooklands on the opening lap and managed to control the remaining seven laps on a fully-dry circuit.
It was a close affair, with Medina Sport-runner Oliver White also tagging on to the lead duo to create a tense three-car battle for top honours.
White did manage to take second briefly, but Gough got it back next time round at Brooklands with a spectacular around-the-outside pass. After that, the positions remained stable.
While the top three had broken away, there was another three-car scrap for positions four to six, with Van Diemen driver Abdul Ahmed’s move around the outside of Robert Barrable’s Ray at Brooklands being the highlight of that group.
Another Ray was right behind, Jamie Thorburn coming home sixth and right on the tail of Barrable.
Former F3 Cup driver Henry Chart was seventh ahead of Miles Griffiths and Pre93 victor David Cobbold’s Souley Motorsport Van Diemen. David McCullough rounded out the top 10, just missing out on the automatic pass to the semi-finals.
After clashing with Barrable in qualifying, Hamish McAllister’s race was not much better – the Mygale driver finishing in the pits three laps from home.
The first attempt at starting the race was interrupted by a car stopped against the pitwall, necessitating a red flag, but the heat ran to the full eight-lap distance.