However, he too would suffer from tyre woes during the latter stages, allowing Josh Brookes to snatch the final spot on the podium. The Tyco Suzuki rider had maintained a low profile during the early stages as he languished outside the top ten, but reaped the rewards of his meagre start to climb the order as others dropped back.
Overcoming their lowly grid positions, Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki's Shane Byrne and Stuart Easton showed impressive race pace to finish in fourth and fifth respectively, the latter putting in a particularly noteworthy performance having at one time been as high as third in a race he started down in 21st.
Laverty faded to sixth, just holding off Samsung Honda team-mate and erstwhile series leader Jon Kirkham, while Luca Scassa completed Padgetts Honda's fine start to the day with a run to eighth place.
James Westmoreland and Graeme Gowland completed the top ten on their WFR Hondas, though team-mate Alex Lowes would finish outside the points after a dramatic drop in pace saw him plummet from third on lap eight to 22nd by the chequered flag. Nonetheless, the youngster's strong early laps were enough to see him claim the fastest lap, and with it pole position for race two.
Completing the points' paying positions, Tommy Bridewell notched up another decent finish for Supersonic BMW in 11th, ahead of fellow S1000RR rider Dan Linfoot, while Gary Mason, Barry Burrell and Alastair Seeley rounded out the top 15, the latter seemingly struggling for form in the dry.
As well as Rutter, Noriyuki Haga's initiation to BSB racing received a set-back as he retired early on with mechanical problems, while Chris Walker was another not to finish having qualified in fifth.
Looking ahead to the second race, Lowes starts from his pole position aboard the WFR Honda, with Lowry, Rutter and Hill joining him on the front row, while Laverty, Byrne, Kirkham and Scassa make up row two.