Reigning British Touring Car Champion Gordon Shedden has exclaimed his Honda Civic Type-R 'came alive' during the third at Snetterton race after sensationally denying WSR's Rob Collard what seemed a sure victory on the final lap of the afternoon.

Having passed Subaru's Jason Plato on the second lap of the race, Collard found himself in prime position to score his third win of the 2016 campaign, which would have further bolstered his newly found championship lead over team mate Sam Tordoff.

However, Shedden - who started the incident strewn final encounter from tenth - relentless scythed his way through the pack and into second position as the race entered its climax.

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Collard still enjoyed a near two-second cushion back to Shedden but the defending champion, carrying just nine kilos of weight, hunted down the BMW driver and muscled his way past the 1 Series following an exhilarating grandstand finish.

"Mega way to finish. An unlikely win from tenth place but a great way to finish. It was chaos right from the off but it all ended well," said Shedden.

"The BMWs have been really strong all day but the car came alive with only nine kilos of weight in it. I gave it everything. I didn't leave anything on the table. It was almost off at every corner but it was just enough to win, fantastic."

In a weekend which was marred by a number of unsavoury incidents, Shedden and Collard's intoxicating final lap exchange ended the action on a much more positive note.

The Halfords Yuasa racer has now leapt up to fourth in the drivers' championship despite beginning the weekend in eighth.

"He [Rob Collard] never would make it easy but it was fair. We were slapping doors and wing mirrors but we both survived so I'm obviously delighted to win," Shedden continued.

"We've scored some good points so we've just got to keep it going, that's the hard bit."