Matt Neal has taken his first victory of the 2016 British Touring Car Championship campaign after leading home his Honda Civic Type-R team mate Gordon Shedden thanks to a late race charge, at the expense of Sam Tordoff, at Donington Park.

Tordoff led the majority of the 16 lap race from pole position but later paid the penalty of running the softer rubber, which allowed both Team Dynamics Honda's to move past the BMW during the final stages.

WSR's Tordoff successfully held his reserve grid pole as Jack Goff made the jump from fifth to exit the opening corner in third position behind the Honda Civic Type-R of Neal.

While Tordoff enjoyed some clean air at the front, Goff immediately latched onto the rear of Neal's Type-R and was past the triple champion by the end of the second lap.

That left BMW in a commanding position as the leading West Surrey Racing machines - both using the soft rubber in the cooler conditions - began to move away from the chasing Team Dynamics duo of Neal and reigning champion Gordon Shedden.

But just as Goff was inching closer to Tordoff, the harder tyre began to become the order of choice as the soft rubber started to degrade.

Goff subsequently fell victim of the Honda charge and fell to fourth as soft tyres began to fall off the cliff.

However, the Honda's weren't finished there and, although Tordoff initially appeared to have the answer against the lurking Type-R's, Neal and Shedden patiently waited for their moment and shuffled past the BMW with less than two laps to go.

Goff fell further down the order to sixth but Tordoff managed to hang on to third ahead of Rob Collard and Ashley Sutton in fourth and fifth.

The IHG Rewards Club backed driver almost dropped further down the order but managed to hold off Laser Tools Racing's Aiden Moffat in seventh, while Rob Austin, Josh Cook and Andrew Jordan completed the top-ten.

 

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