Reigning British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington has converted his pole position into a commanding race one victory at Snetterton as Team BMR complete a sensational top-three lockout.

Turkington romped home to a second victory of his 2015 title defence after making a clinically efficient getaway from pole-position.

The trio of Volkswagen CC's led into turn one in perfect formation with Aron Smith and Jason Plato disputing the whereabouts of second place.

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Plato looked to have initially seized the high ground but Smith made the position his own by the end of the opening sequence of corners.

Ultimately, the start phase of the race was the closest Smith and Plato got to their race leading team mate as Turkington - running the soft tyre - easily controlled the pace of the race to the tune of two-seconds.

The soft tyre seems to be working well on what has been the hottest BTCC weekend of the season so far, with track temperatures hitting 40 degrees.

Behind Turkington and Smith, third position for Plato has moved the double champion back into the lead of the title ahead of Honda's Gordon Shedden.

Turkington has also made progress in the championship and now sits in third position at the expense of Matt Neal.

Like Turkington, West Surrey Racing's Andy Priaulx used the soft Dunlop rubber to his favour. However, Priaulx's charge didn't really materialise until the final third of the race.

The BMW driver spent the majority of the race tucked up behind Honda's Matt Neal. It took until lap 7 for Priaulx to make his move on Neal at the Bombhole corner.

Once Neal was dispatched, Priaulx then unleashed a series of hot-laps as the BMW began to hunt down the front four machines.

Triple Eight MG's Andrew Jordan was the first man in his firing line but Priaulx came up just three-tenths short of stealing fourth from the 2013 BTCC champion.

Just off the top-five, Neal wound up in sixth ahead of the charging Mercedes A-Class of Adam Morgan in seventh. Morgan, incidentally, will start third on the grid for race two.

Power Maxed Racing's Dave Newsham came home eighth on the soft tyre ahead of MG's Jack Goff and BMW's Sam Tordoff rounded out the top ten.

The WSR driver survived a controversial first corner incident with his team mate Rob Collard.

Tordoff misjudged his braking into Richies and ploughed into the rear of Collard, inflicting his colleague with a race ending puncture and bodywork damage.