Motorbase Performance's Mat Jackson has claimed his first victory of the 2016 British Touring Car Championship season after winning a red-flag shortened opener at Donington Park.

The Ford Focus driver made the most of a inspired start and controlled proceedings at the front of field while a multi car battle raged on for second position.

A late incident involving Matt Simpson and Dan Welch - coupled with a ferocious fire which engulfed the BMR Subaru Levorg of James Cole - halted the action two laps before time.

Cole quickly emerged from his flame stricken Levorg but is now understood to be receiving precautionary checks at medical centre.

Keen to atone his error from yesterday, Jackson made a sensational getaway from third on the grid and forcefully muscled his way between the MG's to lead into the turn one ahead of Josh Cook and the fast starting BWMW of Rob Collard.

As Jackson led, pole-man Ashley Sutton quickly reasserted himself and barged his way back past Collard into third position, thus demoting the BMW driver back to where he started in sixth as the safety car joined the fray.

Once the safety car peeled back into the pits, Jackson immediately tried to put the hammer down and establish a gap between himself and the chasing pair of Triple Eight MG's.

Cook and Sutton were initially able to match the leading Ford but Jackson gradually added to his advantage as the race progressed.

Instead of hassling Jackson for the lead, Cook found himself falling back into the clutches of his team mate, which also enabled Tom Ingram, Collard and Goff to draw ever closer to the MG's.

Cook eventually shook off the attentions of Sutton, who lost his step on the rostrum to a resurgent Ingram. Collard and Goff also sensed an opportunity of further progression and subsequently shuffled the rookie to sixth.

Sutton recovered to salvage fifth as Goff ended the race as the leading West Surrey Racing runner in fourth.

Eurotech Racing's Jeff Smith continued his strong to the season in seventh, ahead of BKR's Aron Smith in eighth.

WSR's Sam Tordoff produced a miraculous charge from 21st to finish an outstanding ninth ahead of an equally as impressive from Subaru's Colin Turkington in tenth.

 

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