Sam Tordoff took his maiden win in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship with victory in the opening race of the weekend at Snetterton.

The MG man started from pole and was never headed thanks to a composed performance that allowed him to control proceedings ahead of experienced team-mate Jason Plato.

Tordoff's hopes were aided by Plato coming under pressure from the Honda of Gordon Shedden as the race wore on, with the double champion able to hold off the defending champion for the second place one the podium.

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The only change position in the top seven during a straight-forward opener at the front of the pack saw Colin Turkington take fourth having got ahead of Andy Jordan off the line, with Jordan and Aron Smith rounding out the top six; the latter with his car having been repaired following its qualifying accident.

Adam Morgan took seventh ahead of Mat Jackson, with points leader Matt Neal able to come up to ninth with maximum ballast onboard his Civic. Rob Collard rounded out the top ten.

Jack Sears Trophy honours went to Lea Wood as he extended his championship lead, with closest rivals Liam Griffin and James Kaye both failing to finish.

Of the two newcomers Andy Neate achieved his pre-race aim of a finish in the IP Tech Race Engineering Chevrolet Cruze, while Warren Scott suffered a spin in his VW Passat before retiring late on.