Rob Collard clinched his first Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship win of the season in a shortened second race from Thruxton.
The race was marred by a heavy accident at Church corned for Daniel Lloyd. The Triple Eight MG left the road after contact with Senna Proctor’s Vauxhall Astra and MG team-mate, Aron Taylor-Smith.
Lloyd emerged unscathed despite his impact with the barriers, the race delayed by an hour in the process.
Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden continued from where they left off in race one, jostling for position on the opening lap of both starts.
Race one winner Neal headed the way, but a flying Rob Collard surged through to third place to challenge Shedden for second.
Team BMW‘s Collard soon found himself in the lead after squeezing by the Scot at the final chicane, Neal pitting bizarrely at the end of lap two before returning to the track.
Collard fended off a battling Shedden who looked to further trim Tom Ingram‘s championship lead, but the race would again come to an abrupt halt.
Red flags waved after a heavy shunt for the spinning Motorbase Ford Focus ST of Martin Depper at Village.
Collard therefore claimed his first win of the season and ensured West Surrey Racing‘s three drivers have all been victorious in 2017, Shedden and Ingram rounding out the podium.
Jack Goff was next up ahead of Rob Austin, Colin Turkington and Adam Morgan, the latter’s Mercedes coming out on top in a fierce battle for seventh.
Ashley Sutton was next up for Team BMR and top Subaru, the top 10 rounded out by Aiden Moffat and Jeff Smith.
The top six will be reversed for race three, meaning Turkington starts race three from pole position.
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