Three-times Walter Hayes Trophy winner Joey Foster sealed his place in the 2017 final after prevailing in a race-long battle with Michael Moyers, taking the lead on the last lap.
The pair started on the front-row of the grid and they battled from the off with Foster getting the nose of his Dan Hardman-run Ray up the inside going through Copse. But Moyers claimed the position back by the time the 36-strong pack entered Brooklands.
From there, the race descended into a battle of wits as Foster tried moves round the outside and up the inside of the Kevin Mills Racing Spectrum driver to claim first place.
On a number of occasions, it looked like the Cornishman was able to make it past Moyers, only for Moyers to stick his elbows out in the strong head-wind on Wellington Straight and retain the lead.
However, on the final lap Foster made a decisive at Brooklands and, as the heat five winner ran wide trying to defend, Foster got up the inside and held on to take victory.
The three car battle for third was equally as fierce as Roger Orgee tried to keep his Ray ahead of James Raven’s Cliff Dempsey Racing version, and Northern Formula Ford front-runner Matt Round-Garrido’s Medina.
With Raven and Round-Garrido swapping positions every lap, Orgee was able to keep the pair in his mirrors and so rewarded his mechanics who gave up their Friday night fixing a misfire.
Michael Eastwell eventually consolidated sixth in his Kevin Mills Racing Spectrum, ahead of Jack Wolfenden’s Firman.
Eighth place went to Matt Cowley who blitzed the field as he moved up from 21st on the grid in his family-run Van Diemen. James Roe – who Cowley collided with on the first lap of the heats – and BM Racing’s Rory Smith rounded out the top 10 in their Van Diemens
With the top 18 qualifying for the final, British Formula 3 racer Jamie Chadwick secured her spot on her first Walter Hayes appearance in 12th in the Graham Brunton Racing Ray, while Ben Tinkler claimed the last spot as he finished three-tenths ahead of Adam Quartermaine.
Notable non-qualifiers included Jordan Dempsey – the Kevin Mills Racing Spectrum of the Britcover National Formula Ford 1600 with Avon Tyres race winner ended up in the Copse gravel trap on the first lap – and Jake Byrne who pulled off in his Ray at Brooklands.