Reigning British Touring Car Champion Colin Turkington has secured his first win since Snetterton after claiming a pivotal action packed reverse grid race triumph at Silverstone to keep his title hopes alive.

The Volkswagen CC driver started the Silverstone finale from third position but quickly moved himself into the lead of the race by the end of lap two.

Turkington slipped ahead of the race leading WSR BMW of Rob Collard towards the end of the second lap with a textbook move at Luffield. That proved to be a significant development thanks to the race entering a brief safety car period.

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Dan Welch and Hunter Abbott came together on the very same lap, which left Abbott's Audi A4 bearing the brunt of the collision and subsequently entered the Armco Barrier head first on the run towards the Wellington Straight.

Once the safety car peeled off, Turkington - as we became accustomed to during the 2014 season - effortlessly streaked away from the rest of the leading pack with his former WSR team mate disputing second position ahead of Sam Tordoff.

Not only did the battling BMW's allow Turkington to scamper off in the distance it also pulled Team BMR's Jason Plato and Honda's Gordon Shedden closer to the front with the two main title protagonists lying astern in fourth and fifth.

Plato found himself embroiled in a battle with Motorbase's James Cole during the early stages. Cole had started the reverse grid on pole position but was quickly shuffled down the pack to an eventual ninth place finish.

Back at the front, Collard swapped positions with Tordoff to allow his younger team mate an opportunity to close on Turkington. Both BMW's closed the gap but to no avail.

Tordoff later handed second position back to Collard while Plato held off the two Honda Civic Type-R's of Shedden and Matt Neal to hold fourth.

Motorbase Performance's Mat Jackson atoned for his race two disappointment and produced a scintillating charge through the order to finish in seventh ahead of WIX Racing's Adam Morgan.

Jackson made up twelve positions on the first lap alone but was unable to display the same rate of progress when he caught the leading pack.

The Honda Civic Type-R of Neal sat directly ahead of Jackson's Ford as the triple champion played the rear gunner for Shedden's title challenge.

Cole was ninth in the sister Ford Focus ST while Aiden Moffat came through a bruising race long duel with Tom Ingram to score tenth aboard the Laser Tools Racing Mercedes A-Class.