Medina Sport driver Oliver White claimed the Champion of Brands title in the opening FF1600 race of the weekend, having seized the lead from Michael Eastwell as traffic intervened.
White, who has previously claimed six Champion of Brands titles, started the race in third.
Initially jumping Nico Gruber on the opening lap, White began to apply pressure to race leader and polesitter Kevin Mills Racing’s Eastwell.
After the mid-way point of the 15-minute race, the leaders caught backmarkers. Eastwell was caught out at Druids, allowing White to pass on the outside of the hairpin to grab the lead.
White then extended a 1.4s margin over the chasing pack. He seized the win which grants him the title Champion of Brands.
Luke Cooper further demoted Eastwell in the final three minutes of the race when the Swift Cooper driver dived to the inside of Eastwell at Paddock Hill Bend to grab second.
It was a repeat of the move Cooper performed earlier in the race to overtake Nico Gruber for third.
Eastwell, who entered the event with used tyres and having not participated in Friday’s practice session, did apply pressure to Cooper in the final moments of the race. He was beaten to the line by 0.060s.
Behind the podium finishers, Cliff Dempsey Racing’s Gruber finished fourth. He was forced to defend his fourth place in the closing moments from Jonathan Browne.
Browne propelled his Ray passed Henry Chart on the third lap of the race. On the 18th and final lap of the Brands Indy circuit, he had closed Gruber’s advantage to just 0.331s.
In sixth place was Jason Down, albeit 15s behind race-winner White. Down demoted Chart in the second half of the race. Chart’s Van Diemen ended up seventh.
James Hadfield was the top historic entry in eighth place having started in 10th.
Hadfield finished ahead of Adam Quartermaine, who lost ground after a half spin at the long right-hander at Clearways.
Race winner White will have to defend his Champion of Brands title in the second and final race of the day at 16:40.
|1||Oliver White||Medina Sport JL17||15m25.096|
|6||Jason Down||Getem Mygale||+15.542|
|7||Henry Chart||Van Diemen||+24.693|
|8||James Hadfield||Van Diemen||+27.473|
|9||Adam Quartermaine||Van Diemen||+28.724|
|10||Flash Finneran||Van Diemen||+34.651|