Colin Turkington has created yet more history after leading a commanding first ever British Touring Car Championship 1-2 result for Silverline Subaru BMR Racing ahead of Jason Plato during an incident packed opening Croft race.

In a race which was dominated by three safety car periods, Subaru enjoyed a relatively unopposed route to a dominant one-two result while the points leader Sam Tordoff struggled in 13th.

Turkington successfully managed to defend his pole position but only after surviving contact with Eurotech Racing's Daniel Lloyd into the first corner.

The BTCC rookie made a supreme start to draw alongside the leading Subaru Levorg but as the Honda Civic Type-R tried to force the issue around the outside, the pair touched which sent Lloyd into the barriers.

That incident yielded further significance as the championship leader Tordoff was also caught up in the fraught opening corner action and took to the gravel in sympathy as a result.

All of that prompted an immediate safety car with both of the Silverline Subaru's leading in 1-2 formation after Jason Plato jumped into second from fourth at the start.

As predicted, Turkington and Plato - trading fastest sectors between each other - quickly pulled away from the rest of the field, which was led by MG's Ashley Sutton in third, who in turn had WSR's Jack Goff and Motorbase Performance's Andrew Jordan hot on his heels in fourth and fifth.

But two further safety car periods negated Subaru's hard earned advantage accrued at the front of the field.

That ultimately didn't seem to matter as Turkington and Plato re-established their margin with relative ease while Sutton continued his inch perfect defence of third position ahead of Goff's BMW.

Turkington eventually led Plato over the line to the tune of 1.353s as MG's Sutton prevailed for his first ever BTCC podium in third.

Goff and Jordan completed the top-five while Jake Hill also achieved a career best finish in sixth ahead of Rob Collard and Mat Jackson in seventh and eighth.

 

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