Honda's Matt Neal has taken a crushing British Touring Car Championship victory during a wild finale at Oulton Park while his team mate Gordon Shedden dropped out from second after sustaining a late race puncture.

Having established a near 12 second gap to the rest of the field, the Team Dynamics outfit had looked on course to record a dominant 1-2 finish but a cruel puncture for Shedden meant it was a bittersweet finish to the race for Honda.

Neal and Shedden had romped to a huge lead ahead of Tom Ingram in third, who was clinging to the final step on the rostrum for dear life amid a multi-car onslaught.

MG's Josh Cook acted as Ingram's chief challenger for the near entirety of the race. The pair made contact on numerous occasions but somehow the Toyota Avensis appeared to be holding firm.

But as the race neared it's climax, Cook - looking increasingly frustrated behind Ingram - threw one last throw of the dice on the final corner.

However, it was Subaru's Jason Plato who ended up taking the final spot on podium after driving clean around the outside of the pair on the exit of the final corner.

Plato had been stalking the pair for numerous laps and as Ingram and Cook exchanged paintwork on the inside of Lodge corner, the Subaru driver got greater purchase and simply out-accelerated the duo.

West Surrey Racing's Sam Tordoff was another to profit from the chaos having already moved up into a net second just a lap before. Like Plato, Tordoff's second place finish secured a triple podium finish for the BMW driver.

Ingram and Cook finished fourth and fifth while WSR's Rob Collard produced a herculean charge up the order from 25th to sixth.

Subaru Team BMR's Colin Turkington was another to fall in the late stages to seventh as Andrew Jordan, Josh Hill and Adam Morgan completed the top-ten.

 

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