Motorbase Performance's Mat Jackson has taken his first British Touring Car Championship victory since Silverstone 2014 ahead of Honda's Gordon Shedden, who regains the points lead as Jason Plato Plato hits trouble at Rockingham.

The Ford Focus driver clinically converted Motorbase's maiden pole-position into a comfortable first win since returning to the series following their enforced six-race sabbatical.

Jackson successfully held the lead in front of Team BMR's Aron Smith while Smith's Volkswagen team mate Plato immediately jumped ahead of the slow starting Tom Ingram in fourth.

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But as the leading pack emerged from Deane hairpin [turn two] Plato dropped back and subsequent contact left the 92-time race winner scrambling for control from resulting suspension damage.

Plato later re-joined the fray later in the race but couldn't conjure a lap good enough to put himself into the mix for race two.

Back at the front, Jackson soon gapped Team BMR's Smith in second, who - in turn - was holding Shedden up in third after the Scot launched himself into contention with a flying start from seventh to fourth.

Despite running with 66 kilos of ballast, Shedden didn't waste much time behind Smith's Volkswagen and leapt into second - 2.5 seconds behind the leading Ford Focus of Jackson.

Shedden did threaten to catch Jackson but the Motorbase driver responded within the final half of the race and reopened his advantage to a near three-second lead.

It later transpired that Jackson's three-second gap proved pivotal as the now 22-time race winner's Focus was subject to a last lap tyre deflation.

Smith dropped back from the Honda Civic Type-R to the tune of two-seconds and consolidated his place on the rostrum ahead of MG's Jack Goff in fourth.

Being the only driver to run the soft tyre in race one, Tom Ingram recovered from his sluggish getaway to clinch a fine top-five finish in fifth.

Ingram, Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington all benefited from Matt Neal's last minute demise from fifth to eighth after suffering from a late puncture.

WIX Racing's Adam Morgan provided the biggest comeback of the afternoon when the Mercedes A-Class driver surged from 19th to finish ninth ahead of West Surrey Racing's Sam Tordoff.

Morgan also shares the front row for race two alongside the pole-sitting Team Dynamics Honda of Shedden, who set the fastest lap of the race.