West Surrey Racing's Rob Collard has clinched his third victory of the 2015 British Touring Car Championship season after beating Mat Jackson and Andy Priaulx following a race long battle.

The BMW 125i M Sport driver started from fourth but initiated his race-winning charge with an audacious move around the outside of his team mate Sam Tordoff into turn one.

By that time, the Motorbase Ford of Jackson had already moved into the lead of the race after passing Priaulx halfway through the opening lap.

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While Jackson began to gallop away from Priaulx and Collard in the early stages of the race, Tordoff started to drop through the field at a vast rate knots - promoting Honda's Gordon Shedden and Audi's Rob Austin up to fourth and fifth for the time being.

An early safety car - caused by the carnage within the first sequence of laps - bunched the field and denied Jackson in being able to further extend his lead.

As the laps tumbled, the BMW's grew larger in stature with the majority of the leading group all running the soft tyre.

By last five laps, Priaulx and Collard glued themselves to the rear of Jackson's Focus.

Collard - sitting in third took advantage of a failed attempt of an overtake for the lead at the final hairpin by Priaulx and moved into second before elevating himself a position higher by start of the following lap.

Collard utilised the superior traction of his RWD BMW and engineered a clinical exit from the final hairpin to give him the high ground over Jackson as they both entered the start finish straight.

The third and final WSR BMW of Tordoff also made move up the order and relegated the Honda's and Audi of Shedden, Neal and Rob Austin to fifth, sixth and seventh.

Triple Eight MG's Andrew Jordan was distant eighth ahead of WIX Racing's Adam Morgan in ninth.

Team BMR's Colin Turkington dropped a position to tenth while his Volkswagen team mate Jason Plato did eventually elect to start from 22nd but backed off to a tune of 30 seconds during the opening lap in a bid to find a lap time for race two.

Plato's strategic move means the Team BMR driver will start the second race on the fifth row on the grid after posting the ninth quickest time.