Tom Sharp resisted immense pressure from Ginetta guest driver Stefan Hodgetts to take his first overall race victory, leading from lights to flag.
“It's almost a dream,” said a delighted Sharp. “I looked at my dash in qualifying and almost couldn't believe I had pole position. To then get the win from pole is unbelievable. Everyone has worked really hard, it's great to finally be here on the top step of the podium.”
The win elevated him to 4th in the championship, while Carl Breeze took the championship lead after a race long battle with title rival Frank Wrathall for the final podium spot, and points for 2nd place due to Hodgetts being ineligible for the championship. Not even a new lap record by Wrathall was enough to overhaul Breeze for 3rd place.
Their task to reach the podium was made much easier when the drivers who started on Row 2 of the grid, Freddie Hetherington and Stephen Tyldsley, collided at the start.
Meanwhile Nigel Moore was making his G50 comeback, battling hard with Adam Morgan for 5th place. A switchback move at the end of Lap 5 at the hairpin eventually failed, but Moore finally found a way past at Hawthorn on the next lap.
Title contender Benji Hetherington had an awful race though, qualifying 13th and only climbing to 10th place by the finish.