Motorbase Performance's Mat Jackson has recorded his first British Touring Car Championship win of 2017 after clinging onto victory ahead of Ashley Sutton at Croft.

The Ford Focus driver enjoyed a handsome lead at the halfway point of the race but Sutton relentlessly closed in on Jackson before attempting an audacious last gasp attempt at the final corner.

Sutton latched onto the rear of Jackson heading into final hairpin and swooped to the outside in a bid to out-drag the Ford Focus to the line.

The pair made contact on the exit of the corner, which pushed Sutton off onto the grass as Jackson sprinted away to take the win.

Second place for Sutton has still moved the Subaru driver closer to the championship summit. The 23-year old executed a series of bold manoeuvres to launch himself into race winning contention.

Sutton drove clean around the outside of Rob Austin on lap eight before setting about chasing down the race leading Ford of Jackson.

Despite not being able to match the pace of Jackson and Sutton, Austin very nearly secured a popular podium finish.

However, Subaru's Jason Plato had other ideas and denied the Toyota Avensis runner third position by just 0.041s as the pair crossed the line.

Plato's race-long perseverance paid off after his Subaru Levorg out-powered Austin's Avensis coming out of the final corner.

Honda's Matt Neal followed just behind in fifth ahead of the three WSR BMWs led by Colin Turkington in sixth, with Andrew Jordan and Rob Collard in seventh and eighth.

Gordon Shedden retained his position as the championship leader in ninth ahead of race three pole-sitter Ollie Jackson in tenth.

AmD Tuning's Jackson had led the early stages of the race, but contact with eventual winner Mat Jackson on lap three of the race saw the Audi driver drop out of contention.

 

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