Motorbase Performance's Mat Jackson produces an imperious race three performance at Thruxton to score his second British Touring Car Championship victory of the 2016 season.

Jackson immediately seized the initiative away from the surprise pole-sitter Dan Welch and never looked back as he scampered away to Motorbase's second victory of the Thruxton event.

However, at one stage, Jackson's position at the front was becoming increasingly less assured as the Proton Persona of Welch refused the prospect of admitting defeat.

In fact, Welch began to close on the race leading Ford Focus but Welch's fairy-tale came to an abrupt end when his Goodestone Racing machine speared into the tyre wall on lap five.

That elevated Jack Goff and Gordon Shedden into second and third. Shedden had been shaping up to make a move on Goff's BMW during the previous few laps but the reigning champion's afternoon began to unravel when WSR's Rob Collard slammed into the rear of the Honda Civic Type-R.

Ironically, that benefited Shedden's Dynamics team mate Matt Neal and promoted the triple champion into third. Neal then quickly set about demoting the BMW of Goff and achieved with minimal fuss, leaving the IHG Rewards Club backed 1 Series vulnerable to a renewed attack from the reigning champion.

Shedden finally looked to have finally shuffled his way past his race three nemesis Goff. But the pair made contact coming into the final chicane, forcing the Honda out of the race.

Meanwhile, at the front, Jackson maintained his advantage but a slow final tour saw Neal close right on the bumper of the race winning Ford as they crossed the line.

WIX Racing's Adam Morgan completed the rostrum in third meaning the Mercedes A-Class driver walks away from Thruxton having stepped on the podium during each of the races of offer.

Triple Eight MG completed the top-five with Josh Cook leading Ashley Sutton in fourth and fifth while sixth place for Rob Collard consolidates his new found joint championship lead alongside Honda's Neal.

Rob Austin achieved his best result of the weekend in seventh as Sam Tordoff, Daniel Lloyd and Michael Epps completed the top-ten order.

 

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