Race day on the 1st May bank holiday started out with a strong qualifying for Will Stacey who looked to have the upper-hand for the majority of the session.
However a very sideways Ball, who had already touched the gravel at Paddock Hill Bend on one occasion, put in his fastest lap on the last lap of the session to pip Stacey by just over fourth tenths of a second.
With the split-start format there was a small gap after the Lotus Cup UK race start before the Elise Trophy was underway and when the lights went out, it was a determined William Stacey who stormed past pole-sitter Ball before reaching Paddock, with van Nederveen holding third.
Stacey was absolutely flying and built a huge buffer over Ball's yellow Elise. Further behind there was some good racing to be seen despite the challenging conditions, which were about to get a whole lot worse.
Heavy rain finally came on lap six bringing the importance of correct tyre choice into prominence. A spin for Stacey at Graham Hill Bend was a sign of things getting bad, but his on track time advantage was such that he didn't lose the lead, winning the Elise Trophy as well as taking an overall podium.
The race 2 reverse grid started in dramatic fashion for a hard-charging Stacey, who started 10th on the reversal but fell to 16th after being caught up in pole-sitter David Powell's spin. An impressive and mature drive saw Will work his way up to 2nd place and hunting down leader Ball in big chunks per lap. On the penultimate lap the lead changed as Stacey got ahead and therefore took his second win of the day.
Will Stacey has extended his lead in the championship standings and will go to Silverstone on 2nd/3rd June with 125 points, 45 points ahead of Alex Ball in second, with Simon Oakley third.