Team BMR's Jason Plato has won a compelling British Touring Car Championship finale at Rockingham despite a heroic defensive effort from Tom Ingram, who scored a memorable debut podium in the series.

Ingram led away from pole position but a lightning start from Plato saw the Team BMR driver rise from fourth to second - at the expense of MG's Jack Goff and team mate Colin Turkington.

As the leading pack bunched up heading into turn two, Triple Eight's Goff fell victim amid the close quarter racing and spun into an early race denting spin.

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While that was happening, Ingram took the opportunity to put some clean air between himself and the chasing BMR duo of Plato and Turkington.

Once Plato latched onto the rear of Ingram's Toyota Avensis the double BTCC champion began to throw everything at the Speedworks driver.

But for all of Plato's experience and race craft, Ingram resisted a barrage of attempts from the Volkswagen CC - each of them originating at the Deane Hairpin.

Plato looked to have grabbed the lead on countless occasions but Ingram constantly resisted around the outside of the turn two hairpin to hold the high ground for the following corner.

Ingram was given a brief stint of respite when an unceremonious collision between Hunter Abbott and Mike Bushell triggered a safety car phase on the seventh lap.

The now 93-time race winner almost dealt the race leader with the killer blow directly after the restart but Ingram sensationally fought back to lead the end of the twelfth lap.

Ultimately, Plato wasn't to be denied but Ingram was still able to hold off Turkington for second position.

Honda's Matt Neal followed a further three-seconds back from Turkington in fourth ahead of West Surrey Racing's Sam Tordoff in fifth.

Aron Smith was the third and final Team BMR Volkswagen runner to make the top ten after getting the better of Audi's Rob Austin for sixth.

Honda's Gordon Shedden scored yet more valuable points with an eighth place finish as the Team Dynamics racer emerges from Rockingham with the championship lead.

MG's Andrew Jordan managed to cap off an under-par weekend in ninth while Power Maxed Racing's Josh Cook consolidated his podium breakthrough with tenth.