Sandy Mitchell recovered after making a poor start to win a race that was severely cut in length because of an extended safety car after a crash involving Petru Florescu, Ameya Vaidyanathan and Tarun Reddy.
Mitchell had dominated the qualifying session, as a result the speed was expected during the race, despite this a poor start from the Scott saw him fall to third by the first corner. Lando Norris who joined him on the front row also saw himself lose positions after the first corner run. While Matheus Leist made an excellent start to take the lead.
However; a crash at the first chicane was the notable point of the race. Florescu and Reddy had qualified in seventh and eighth for the race but found themselves falling to the back after a crash that also saw Vaidyanathan go off with them. While further issues for James Pull, meant he had to retire later on in the lap.
The safety car and recovery vehicles came out, with the race neutralised for much of the 20 minutes. By this point, Leist lead from Feilding, Mitchell, Ricky Collard and Norris.
At the race restart, there was only 9 minutes left, as Leist backed the drivers up. After a good restart he managed to pull out a substantial gap over Feilding who was being attacked by Mitchell behind. Mitchell had proven in qualifying that he was the quickest competitor and managed to take second place into the chicane, this saw Feilding fall back as the cars formed a queue behind him.
The pole sitter then went after the leader and a lap later had closed up the one second gap and took the position into the same corner. Leist did his best to keep up but the gap soon opened out, it was clear that Mitchell had an advantage over the field.
With Fielding holding the other competitors, Collard went for the overtake but ended up losing out and dropped to sixth, before falling further thanks to the overtake from Enaam Ahmed.
With one minute left to run the race came alive as Norris hit Feilding in his attempt to claim third place. Feilding was forced to retire, while Norris fell to tenth. During the incident, Colton Herta used the opportunity to take Rafael Martins for what became fifth place as Dan Ticktum continued overtaking and finished seventh.
Mitchell claimed victory, also beating his own fastest lap in the process. Leist and Baybutt completed the podium, with the top eight being rounded out by; Collard, Herta, Martins, Ticktum and Ahmed who will start on pole for tomorrows race.
Thruxton Race 1 Result
|2||18||Matheus Leist||BRZ||Double R Racing||+1.533s|
|6||46||Rafael Martins||BRZ||SWB Motorsport||+10.960s|
|7||27||Daniel Ticktum||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||+11.822s|
|9||8||Darius Karbaley||GBR||Falcon Motorsport||+13.489s|
|12||25||Louise Richardson||GBR||Richardson Racing||+17.051s|
|13||96||Jack Butel||GBR||SWB Motorsport||+17.376s|
|14||23||Ollie Pidgley||GBR||Richardson Racing||+22.136s|
|15||59||Josh Smith||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||+1 Lap|
|DNF||3||Sennan Fielding||GBR||JHR Developments||12 Laps|
|DNF||22||Tarun Reddy||IND||Double R Racing||1 Lap|
|DNF||21||Petru Florescu||ROM||Carlin||0 Laps|
|DNF||15||James Pull||GBR||JTR||0 Laps|
|DNF||51||Ameya Vaidyanathan||IND||JTR||0 Laps|