William Stowell's Easykart UK Cadet Championship bid kicked into high gear as the series reached its half way point at the highly technical Llandow circuit in Wales.
Last year's Cadet Championship runner-up took his first win of the season following a race long duel with E Plate holder Ronan McKenzie, defending his position well into the final hairpin to take the chequered flag by a scant eight hundredths of a second.
Stowell, who also won the pre-final from McKenzie by a commanding five second margin, now moves to within 15 points of the series lead with four of eight rounds remaining and while McKenzie will have undoubtedly been disappointed at missing out on the win, his pair of runner-up finishes have moved him into a share of the points lead.
McKenzie is tied for top spot with early season pacesetter Tom Thickpenny, who didn't feature in the scrap for overall honours in the final but still had his hands full with Zack Nickson and Matthew Round-Garrid. Thickpenny eventually won that fight to complete the podium in third place overall, passing Round-Garrid on the final lap to take the spot.
Nickson also squeezed inside Round-Garrid to take fourth with Jack Vallance holding off a pack of four karts to take sixth position.
Thickpenny and McKenzie are now tied on 508 points with McKenzie's fellow Easykart Driver Programme member Stowell only 13 points back and gaining. Vallance lies fourth overall and is 34 markers off the lead but has Nickson, Llandow final retiree Kyle Forgie, Kieran Wragg and Jenson Murchison all within four points.
The series now takes a month off before reconvening for round five at Whilton Mill in mid July.