A strong start from pole position kept Max Coates in front of the rest of the field from the off. Max was able to keep a safe distance between himself and Lee Pattison, maintaining a 0.8 second for the race duration.
Paul Rivett was unable to capitalise on his front row start and was quickly pushed down the rankings. After a hard fought battle he missed out on the podium to come home fourth.
Jack McCarthy was able to jump James Colburn and Paul Rivett for his first top three result with a very welcome visit to the third step of the podium.
Mike Bushell got a good start off the line and was briefly promoted to fifth place, but a lap one incident saw him fall back to twelfth. Most of the race was spent trying to reel in Bradley Burns and Nathan Harrison, getting him back to tenth. This result has left Mike unable to claim the title this weekend, but minimised the damage to his overall lead so a title at Silverstone is still possible should he perform better in race two.
A little drama for Jade Edwards with an early spin left her a long way behind the pack, but unusually for the Clio Cup, the entire grid completed race distance.
Will we see a drama free race two and can Mike Bushell do better from a second row start?
Max Coates will be looking to capitalise on his double pole position to claim a second victory but with both Lee Pattison and Mike Bushell starting so close it is set to be a close race.
Keep an eye on youngster Bradley Burns who will no doubt be eyeing up the podium from his third row start position.
A great race one for Max Coates and a good first podium for Team Pyro’s Jack McCarthy.
The race for the championship has been split wide open now with four title contenders.