Honda's Matt Neal has battled his way to a third British Touring Car Championship victory of the season with a penultimate lap move on long time race leader Adam Morgan amid a dramatic finale at Knockhill.

The Team Dynamics racer started in third position but had no answer for the leading Mercedes duo of Adam Morgan and home hero Aiden Moffat in the early stages of the race.

A third safety car of the day did help the triple champion close back in on Morgan and Moffat but the two A-Class machines seemed to switch on quicker than the Honda Civic Type-R, allowing them to once again create a margin of clean air.

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But as the race progressed, Neal started to sense victory was within reach and an error from the Laser Tools Racing Mercedes of Moffat, allowed the Honda driver to slip past on the exit of the chicane and begin the hunt of race leader Morgan.

Neal began the last phase of the race more than three-seconds back from Morgan but the WIX Racing A Class unwittingly picked up a loose piece of debris, which meant the Honda to closed right in on the Mercedes with just three-laps left.

Luckily, Morgan managed to flick the foreign object off but, on the following lap, left just enough of a gap for Neal to slice his way through with a trademark last minute lunge at the hairpin.

Morgan refused to throw in the towel and conjured one final assault on Neal during the final lap but the Team Dynamics driver held on to win by 0.3's.

WSR's Andy Priaulx successfully caught and passed Moffat to relegate the Scotsman off the podium but the Mercedes driver managed to hang on for fourth ahead of Rob Austin's Audi.

Team BMR's Jason Plato came through a bruising final encounter to retain his championship lead in sixth ahead of MG's Andrew Jordan in seventh.

Gordon Shedden, Mat Jackson and Martin Depper completed an ultra-tight top ten in eighth, ninth and tenth.