James Cole has produced an immaculate performance to record his first ever British Touring Car Championship victory ahead of his Subaru team mate Ashley Sutton at Rockingham.

Having taken a surprise maiden pole position in yesterday's qualifying, Cole led every single lap of the opening race to eventually take a 2.571s win over Sutton and lead home a Subaru 1-2 finish.

Pole-man Cole successfully held his lead at the start of the race ahead of Eurotech Racing's Jack Goff as Team BMW's Colin Turkington initially looked to have wrestled third position away from Ashley Sutton.

As Cole and Goff were able to round the opening sequence of corners in relative formation, Sutton quickly demoted Turkington back to fourth at the Deene Hairpin.

Subsequently, championship leader Turkington fell further down the order to fifth as the charging MG of Josh Cook took advantage of the battle for third by demoting the Team BMW driver at the Chapman Curve.

Meanwhile, as the order settled following the opening handful of laps, race leader Cole was managing to hold station at the front of the pack ahead of Goff in second, with a near one-second lead.

Cole gradually extended that lead as Goff came under increasing pressure from the sister Subaru Levorg of Sutton.

Sutton's perseverance eventually paid off after the Subaru driver muscled his way past Goff for second place with just two-corners of the race to go.

Goff settled for third position ahead of MG's Josh Cook, while Matt Neal completed the top-five order for Honda.

Team BMW's Turkington ended the opening race in sixth position ahead of Mat Jackson, Adam Morgan and Josh Price in seventh, eighth and ninth.

Subaru's Jason Plato finished where started in tenth position, but only having to recover back up the order after dropping down to 17th early in the race.


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