Colin Turkington made it two from two at Croft circuit for the fourth time in his last four visits to the North Yorkshire venue, leading from lights the flag to win round 14 of the 2014 British Touring Car Championship.
Turkington again made a lightning start in the West Surrey Racing BMW 125i, leaving fellow front row starter Gordon Shedden chasing him as Rob Collard moved up into third place in the sister BMW.
The job was not as simple as it was in race one however for the Northern Irishman initially, as Shedden made much more of a fight of it in the Honda Yuasa Racing Civic Tourer during the first half of the race 15-lap race.
Turkington eventually extended his advantage to 6.2s by the flag, as he made it two from two at Croft and continued to extend his championship lead over the Scot.
Collard held third for much of the race but was soon victim of a charging Matt Neal in the second Civic Tourer, who started his charge from fifth on the grid by re-passing Andrew Jordan’s Pirtek Racing Honda Civic after the pair had their race one positions reversed for an incident.
Neal’s move at the hairpin then put him onto Jason Plato‘s tail, and he barged his way by his great rival heading through Sunny as he lunged inside the MG on lap five.
Plato soon came under further pressure from Jordan’s Honda, and the reigning champion made a very neat dive up the inside of the MG KX Clucard Fuel Save BTCC Team driver into the same Sunny right-hander two laps later for fifth.
Neal continued his charge towards a podium position, which he clinched on lap 11 to make it a pair of Civic Tourers in the top three.
Jordan finished a safe fifth place ahead of Plato’s MG, but the latter was involved in an incident on the penultimate lap that spelled the retirement of former team-mate Alain Menu from the race.
The Swiss driver stuck his BMR Racing Volkswagen Passat up the inside heading into Clervaux for the second-to-last time around, but contact into the left-rear corner of his car from the MG pitched Menu into the barriers.
The biggest winners from the race were Mat Jackson in the Airwaves Ford Focus and the Speedworks Toyota of Tom Ingram, the latter climbing through the pack from 15th on the grid to ninth place on the softer tyres.
Fabrizio Giovanardi completed the top 10 in the second Airwaves Focus, while Jack Goff (BMR), Adam Morgan (WIX Racing) and Jack Clarke (Airwaves) all recovered into the points positions with strong charges from the lower end of the grid.
Nick Foster also came form the rear of the field to finish 14th, while Dave Newsham‘s 100th race was one to forget unfortunately after he was involved in a startline incident with Rob Austin that sent the Audi spinning off into the infield scenery.
The top 10 cars will be reversed for the final race of the day, meaning that Giovanardi would provisionally be on pole position.
Race three gets underway at 17:05 and you can follow all the action with www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk and on Twitter via @tcfBTCC.