Colin Turkington gave Subaru their first Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race victory, the Team BMR driver leading from lights-to-flag.
The double champion made the perfect getaway from pole position to hold onto an advantage he wouldn’t lose over the duration of the 15-lap race, ensuring Subaru’s Levorg GT tasted success on just its 10th BTCC outing.
Turkington finished 2.4s ahead of the fast-starting West Surrey Racing BMW 125i of Sam Tordoff, who could not quite bridge the gap to below half a second during the opening race on the harder tyres.
Front row starter Daniel Lloyd was quickly dispatched behind them for third spot at the Island hairpin by Gordon Shedden‘s similar Honda Civic Type-R, Jason Plato eventually finding a way by in his Team BMR Subaru Levorg.
The latter then turned his attentions to the Halfords Yuasa Racing Civic of reigning champion, Shedden, the Scot grimly defending his podium position in the second half of the race. Several times Plato drew alongside the Halfords Honda in his efforts to get by, which eventually paid off with a better exit from the final corner on lap 12 as the Subaru man slipped by to join team-mate Turkington on the podium.
Behind the top-five, a slow-starting Tom Ingram found himself battling with the two Triple Eight MGs of Ashley Sutton and Josh Cook, Sutton losing out after his battle with the Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis became too aggressive at Knickerbrook.
Ingram then caught and passed the Honda of Lloyd to grab fifth spot, both ahead of the Cook and Aron Smith‘s Team BKR Volkswagen CC next up ahead of championship leader Matt Neal and Andrew Jordan rounding out the top 10, Neal carrying maximum success ballast in doing so.
Rob Collard surrendered his share of the championship lead after finishing 23rd, the WSR BMW tapped into a spin by the Eurotech Racing Honda of Jeff Smith at the hairpin on lap two.
Mat Jackson missed out on the points in 16th for Motorbase Performance, while 24th was the best Adam Morgan could muster for Mercedes.
While two Subarus graced the podium, that of BMR team boss Warren Scott ended the race with flames licking out out of it, James Cole finishing behind him in 18th.