Infront of live television camera's for the first time since the dramatic opening round of the series at Brands Hatch, the on-track action kept both spectators and TV audiences enthralled as Neal fought to stave off Thompson and Muller while Tarquini and Leslie continued their titanic scrap for sixth.
Reid was able to maintain a two second gap to Neal for the first half of the 15 lap event, keeping the Ford driver on his toes as the leaders swiftly approached the battling Class B runners. Reid was able to negotiate both Nick James and Lee Linford without any undue hassle although Neal was caught out by Linford, making his BTCC debut, at the bottom of the Craner Curves. The Nissan gave the Peugeot a hefty punt up the rear as the Touring Car VIP Club driver veering into the path of the fast approaching machine although both drivers stayed on track.
This gave Reid the perfect break he needed and he quickly put in several quick laps to open up an unassailable four second lead. The Ford driver encountered no further dramas as he calmly reeled off the laps to become the eighth different winner this year, removing a huge weight off his shoulders in the process.
Neal, the front of his car badly crumpled, somehow managed to hold off Thompson and Muller for his best result of the year so far. All three cars it one another at some point during the final five laps during their relentless scrap although not one of the fiercely competitive drivers did anything to warrant a stern word from the stewards, which can only be a good thing for the championship, if not for the mechanics.
Thompson completed the podium to salvage some joy for Honda while Jason Plato
trailed home some ten seconds behind Muller in fifth. Tarquini snatched sixth on the penultimate lap from Leslie but only after the Scottish driver had given the Independent Nissan its best outing of the year by far.
Menu, Radermecker and Kristensen completed the points scorers in a race of remarkably little attrition, however all three were more than 50 seconds in arrears of Reid after their various delays. Menu's prediction that his weight penalty would hamper him this weekend more than most, was beginning to look very accurate and the Swiss driver could only watch helplessly as his points lead trickled away.
Class B once again provided a great scrap between the leading protagonists with James Kaye for once having the edge over Peugeot's Alan Morrison for much of the race. The Barwell Honda driver led away from pole position in class with Morrison, Mark Lemmer, Robert Collard and Marc Nordon closely following. However Morrison gradually reeled Kaye in and made the decisive pass with less than five laps to go. Kaye's Barwell team-mate Lemmer finally came out on top after a race long scrap with the Bintcliffe Nissan's of Collard and Nordon. Nordon retired after ten laps to give Collard a clean run at the Integra driver and Lemmer's task was made even more difficult when he was pushed aside in no uncertain terms by Tarquini as the Italian lapped him.