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Dominant Turkington leads BMR 1-2-3 In Snetterton Opener

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A dominant performance from pole position saw Colin Turkington claim his second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship win of 2015, leading home Team BMR‘s first 1-2-3 result.

After locking out the top three spots in qualifying the previous day, Sunday’s opening race was a lights-to-flag showcase by the reigning BTCC champion, Turkington making the perfect start to head team-mates Aron Smith and Jason Plato.

The Northern Irishman pulled clear with the fastest lap of the race also on his way to a second victory of 2015, the Donington Park race winner leading a maiden clean sweep of the podium for BMR in BTCC just a meeting after West Surrey Racing did the same at Croft.

Irishman Smith was the second Volkswagen CC ahead of double champion Plato, the latter now taking the lead in the championship by just three points after Honda Yuasa Racing‘s Gordon Shedden could only muster 14th place.

Behind the BMR train was Triple Eight‘s Chrome-liveried MG6 GT, driven by Andrew Jordan who held off the late attentions of Andy Priaulx‘s WSR BMW 125i.

Priaulx battled hard with the Honda of Matt Neal in the second half of the race before finally making his move stick, Neal sixth ahead of Adam Morgan‘s Mercedes and the impressive Dave Newsham who secured eighth place for Power Maxed Racing.

Jack Goff and Tom Ingram rounded out the top 10, while Sam Tordoff could only manage 11th place following an early collision with BMW team-mate, Rob Collard, who was tapped into a spin a corner later at Montreal on the opening lap.

Mat Jackson netted 12th on his return with Motorbase Performance, while Shedden slipped behind a kerb-hopping Warren Scott in the latter laps as the BMR boss succeeded in providing support for his team-mates in their championship fight.

Nic Hamilton ended in the barriers after an incident with the Toyota Avensis of Stewart Lines, while Hunter Abbott and Jeff Smith recovered from big spins at the final corner.

Race two gets underway at 14:35, and you can keep up with the action here at www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk, or via Twitter at @tcfBTCC.

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