Josh Files converted pole position into a race one win in Bahrain to take the title fight down to the wire, now being just two points behind Brandon Gdovic.
The Lap57 Honda Civic had it relatively easy at the start as second placed Davit Kajaia was unable to start due to technical issues with his Alfa Romeo Guilietta.
The Brit did however have a moment in the early stages as he went into a lurid slide, only to catch it masterfully and build a sixteen second gap at the finish.
Behind him the battle raged between the three Engstler Motorsport Volkswagon Golfs, with Luca Engstler, also still in contention for the title, holding off Gdovic until a mistake by the youngster allowed the American through.
Another sixteen year old, Giacomo Altoe, would stay in touch with his teammates until he was forced in to the pits to retire with only a handful of laps to go.