West Surrey Racing's Rob Collard has opened up his 2016 British Touring Car Championship victory account having successfully caught and passed Mat Jackson for the race two win at Donington Park.

Collard pressed home the advantage of carrying substantially less performance ballast than Motorbase Performance's Jackson and demoted the Ford with four laps to go.

Pole-man Jackson once again made another near-perfect getaway while WSR's Jack Goff - who threatened to steal a march from the start line-found himself boxed in behind Tom Ingram and Josh Cook.

As one BMW looked to make ground on the inside, Collard cleverly found an opening around the outside and slotted into third behind Jackson and Ingram.

But, for the second time in succession, the safety car neutralised the race as the marshals recovered the gravel stricken Ollie Jackson and Kelvin Fletcher.

However, no sooner had the race restarted, the safety car was again called upon as Subaru Team BMR's Colin Turkington found himself in the gravel trap on the exit of final chicane.

Once the race finally settled into a consistent rhythm, it became clear that Jackson would have more work on his hands in protecting his race lead.

The front four began to breakaway from MG's Josh Cook in fifth. Cook subsequently lost fifth to BKR's Aron Smith while Ingram began to fall down the order at a vast rate of knots.

Collard and Goff successfully demoted Ingram down to fourth but the Speedworks driver's retaliation allowed the Volkswagen CC of Smith to draw ever closer.

While Collard could scamper off into the distance and chase down Jackson, Goff would lose third to Smith at the last chicane while Ingram could only drop out of contention after taking to the grass.

It didn't take long for Collard to hunt down the race leader and was able to make a routine move on Jackson with four-laps to go.

Reigning champion Gordon Shedden produced his best finish of the day so far in fourth, ahead of Goff and Honda team mate Matt Neal in fifth and sixth.

Triple Eight's Cook eventually tumbled down to seventh but managed to keep BMW's Sam Tordoff at bay in eighth. Aiden Moffat and Rob Austin completed the top ten.

 

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