Andrew Jordan broke his Thruxton duck by leading lights-to-flag from pole position to win the opening British Touring Car Championship race at the Hampshire circuit.
The reigning champion converted his pole position into the early race lead following a perfect jump once the lights went out, although the real mover was fourth place man, Mat Jackson, steaming up into second place around the outside of both Honda Yuasa Racing Civic Tourers.
The determined Airwaves Racing Ford Focus driver then set about challenging Jordan for the race lead, slipstreaming by the Pirtek Racing Honda coming out of Church, only to lose out as Jordan steamed back up the inside under braking for the final chicane.
Jordan then began to find his rhythm and slowly edged out a cushion at the head of the field, leading by over three seconds following the halfway stage of the race.
Jackson was soon overpowered under consistent pressure applied by the Honda of Neal in the three-way dice for second place, eventually finding his way through by squeezing inside the Focus exiting the Complex.
The move slowed Jackson enough to allow Shedden to follow his team-mate through and into third position, making it a podium sweep for Honda as the manufacturer took its eighth win in the last 10 races.
Behind Jackson, a fast-starting Rob Collard hung onto fifth place for the entirety of the 16-lap encounter, Jason Plato pressuring the eBay Motors BMW late in proceedings but unable to usurp his rival.
The double champion was kept company by his 1997/98 BTCC team-mate, Alain Menu, who hung onto seventh place ahead of Colin Turkington, charging through to eighth from 13th position on the grid after a troublesome Saturday.
The final move by the Northern Irishman came around the outside at Noble to take the spot from Adam Morgan‘s WIX Racing Mercedes, Sam Tordoff rounding out the top 10 in the second MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save BTCC Team car.
An early incident with Warren Scott at the chicane sparked the end of James Cole‘s race in the United Autosports Toyota Avensis, while Aron Smith‘s charge from the back ended prematurely when he was forced to pit after picking up a radiator full of scenery following a big moment exiting Church halfway through the race.
Ollie Jackson slowed to a halt in the Welch Motorsport Proton, while Martin Depper and Marc Hynes found each other at the Complex making contact in their own entertaining dice further down the pack.