Oliver White took a controlled lights-to-flag victory in a truncated first Jack Cavhill Heritage Formula Ford race at Oulton Park.
White made a good start and led into Old Hall for the first time, covering off Dutch driver Jaap Blijleven and Calum McHale.
Further behind Paul Barnes went off exiting Cascades, speared across the track and hit the tyre barrier alongside Lakeside.
Barnes was taken to the medical centre for precautionary checks but the subsequent barrier damage and recovery of the stricken Swift resulted in a lengthy safety car period.
The race resumed with around five of the 15 minutes remaining, the highlight of the last few laps being the second place battle.
While White sped off into the distance, McHale (Van Diemen) was pressuring Blijleven’s Reynard right until the flag, the pair split by just 0.108 seconds at the line.
Van Diemen drivers John Murphy and Thomas Brown were line astern in fourth and fifth and did get close to the battle ahead, but didn’t quite have the pace to make a challenge.
Outside the top five, Brian Soule and Sam Street had a good battle for sixth and seventh, just ahead of Colin Williams in his PRS RH01 – the only example on the grid – and Liam McShane.
Neil Hunt rounded out the top 10 but behind him was a close three-car scrap between two Van Diemens and a Reynard; David Porter getting the better of John Miller and Trevor Morgan.
Race two of the day is due under way at 5pm, the last race on Oulton Park’s Mini Festival programme.
|1||Oliver White||Van Diemen||8 laps|
|3||Calum Mchale||Van Diemen||+3.539|
|4||John Murphy||Van Diemen||+4.983|
|5||Thomas Brown||Van Diemen||+5.972|
|6||Brian Soule||Van Diemen||+9.941|
|9||Liam McShane||Van Diemen||+20.845|
|10||Neil Hunt||Van Diemen||+22.148|
|11||David Porter||Van Diemen||+27.362|
|12||John Miller||Van Diemen||+32.756|
|14||Graham Woodin||Van Diemen||+59.373|