Team BMW's Colin Turkington has handed West Surrey Racing their 50th British Touring Car Championship victory with BMW machinery after beating Ashley Sutton in race two at Croft.

The former double BTCC champion snatched the lead away from Sutton at the start of the race to eventually record his 12th victory around the North Yorkshire circuit.

Unlike the opening race, Turkington immediately got the jump on pole-sitter Ashley Sutton and took the lead away from the Subaru Levorg.

Despite a slight altercation during the early exchanges, Turkington emerged in the lead from the opening complex as his Team BMW stablemate Rob Collard slotted into third ahead of Mat Jackson.

Although Turkington and Sutton managed to put clean air between themselves and Collard in third during the early laps, that gap quickly disappeared as the lead battle intensified.

In a role reversal of race one, it was Sutton who was applying the pressure to Turkington as the race reached its halfway point.

However, Turkington weathered the storm and gradually began pull away from Sutton and Collard.

The West Surrey Racing driver eventually took his third BTCC win of the year by 2.445s ahead of Sutton, who was in turn forced to fend off Collard in third.

A full 12-seconds separated Collard in third to the lead FWD effort of Gordon Shedden in fourth position.

BMW Pirtek Racing's Andrew Jordan made it three BMWs in the top-five after resisting a torrent of pressure from Subaru's Jason Plato in sixth.

Mat Jackson was seventh for Motorbase Performance while Rob Austin finished eighth ahead of AmD Tuning's Ollie Jackson and Martin Depper in ninth and tenth.

 

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