Westbourne Motorsport’s Dorlin started from pole position but was beaten into the first bend by Team Pyro’s Coates but almost immediately the Renault Sport Mégane RS Safety Car was called on to track.
This was so the trackside marshals could remove Edwards’s battered MRM car which had rolled at high speed against the barriers after being tipped into a spin in a brush with WDE Motorsport’s Sam Osborne exiting the Cascades corner.
Edwards was swiftly out of her upturned car and, protected by the Clio Cup race car’s roll cage, was also unharmed in the accident.
Racing resumed on lap five and immediately Dorlin was looking for way past Coates. However this backfired on him as he had to back out of one move which enabled another of the title protagonists, WDE’s Paul Rivett, to pounce and steal second position.
After plenty of jousting between the top three, Coates-Rivett-Dorlin is how it eventually finished with Pyro’s Bradley Burns crossing the line right behind this trio in fourth.
The result means Coates has cut the gap to championship leader Dorlin to four points as the title race now heads to Croft in North Yorkshire – a home circuit for both drivers. Rivett is third in the standings, just eight more points adrift of Coates…
Coates commented: “That is a huge win for me – it means we’ve ended James’s winning streak but, more importantly, clawed back ground on him after he won yesterday to build a bit of a lead.
“The start won it for me essentially. From there on it was a case almost parking it in the middle of the corners to defend from Paul and he was very fair with things.”
There was an equally tense fight for fifth position, too, won eventually by Westbourne’s James Colburn ahead of Matrix Motorsport’s Michael Epps and WDE’s Lee Pattison who set the race's fastest lap for two bonus points. Pyro’s Jack McCarthy and WDE’s Dan Zelos were close behind in eighth and ninth…
Pyro’s Zak Fulk completed the top ten after surviving a tangle with WDE’s Nicolas Hamilton which sent the latter’s car spinning off the track and into retirement with damage.
Osborne followed in a lonely 11th as Matrix’s Andy Wilmot managed to keep BLG Racing’s Luke Warr at bay for 12th. Warr’s 13th place finish is his best yet in the Clio Cup…
Matrix’s Jeff Alden and Aaron Thompson completed the runners after dramas.