Alex Storckenfeldt took his first Formula Renault victory in the first race of the day with a strong performance to overcome early leader Paul di Resta. Championship leader salvaged third place from a poor qualifying position to futher extend his lead in the championship over Westley Barber.
Championship leader Mike Conway set about making up places from seventh on the grid and hew was fifth by the end of the opening lap. Westley Barber also made a great start and moved up from tenth to seven, which became sixth on the next lap after diving down the inside of Sean McIntosh at the Abbey hairpin. Conway then passed Stephen Simpson with a clean move to take fourth place and then went wheel-to-wheel with Patrick Hogan on the following lap to move up to third.
Storckenfeldt closed right up on the back of Di Resta and spent three laps following his rear wing. Storckenfeldt pulled alongside on the back straight on lap eleven and dived down the inside at the Abbey chicane. He quickly pulled out a two second lead over the remaining three laps to take his first win in the series.