Sofuoğlu started on the front row for the third consecutive time, having qualified third in the morning’s Superpole session. Having dropped to eighth at Turn 1, the bLU cRU rider kept a level head through the early stages of the race, never losing touch with the front group.
As the field headed into the last few laps, Sofuoğlu asserted himself into winning contention, and on the final tour the Turkish youngster was battling over third position. As they headed through the long-right final corner, Sofuoğlu was running fourth, inching closer to the podium places on the run towards the line, but just missed out and held his position as the chequered flag fell.
There will be one more opportunity for Sofuoğlu to add to his 2021 trophy count, with Race 2 getting underway at 15:15 (GMT+1) tomorrow.
For Race 1 results, click here.