West Surrey Racing's Rob Collard takes full advantage of a dramatic race two clash between Subaru's Jason Plato and Colin Turkington to snatch his second win of the 2016 British Touring Car Championship at Croft.

Turkington and Plato had led over half of the race distance but the Silverline Subaru BMR Racing duo made contact on the eighth lap, which handed the ascendency to the BMW of Collard.

Pole-sitter Turkington initially led away off the line but it was Plato who managed to pull alongside his team mate heading into turn one and swooped around the outside of Turkington to take the lead.

While one Subaru assumed the lead another ended it's race in the tyres as James Cole triggered an early safety car after crashing into the turn wall at turn one.

Despite Plato being nine kilos lighter than Turkington, the 94-time race winner struggled to shake off his Levorg team mate as the race restarted.

That pressure ultimately materialised in Turkington making his way back past Plato towards the end of fifth lap. All the while, the BMWs of Jack Goff and Collard glued themselves onto the rear of Subaru formation and joined the battle for the lead.

But no sooner after Turkington retook the lead, the two leaders sensationally clashed coming out of the first sequence of corners.

As Turkington was looking to take his normal line, Plato sensed an opportunity but ended up slamming into the side of his BMR team mate.

Collard was the main beneficiary of Subaru's drama and successfully pounced on the pair to snatch a race lead he would never relinquish.

Plato and Turkington remained second and third ahead of Goff in fourth while MG's Ashley Sutton completed the top-five in fifth.

Motorbase Performance's Mat Jackson was the top independent runner in sixth position ahead of Speedworks Motorsport's Tom Ingram in seventh.

Eighth place for Sam Tordoff represented an added significance for the now outright championship. The BMW driver will start the reverse grid on pole position after his number was pulled out in the draw.

Despite his race two participation looking far less than guaranteed following the first encounter, Andrew Jordan repaid the effort of his Motorbase Performance mechanics with a ninth place finish.

Jordan's Ford was in need of a new gearbox after picking up an issue during the first race but a quick turnaround saw the 2013 champion take to the field with minutes to spare.

Honda's Matt Neal was the final top-ten runner in tenth.

 

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