Matt Neal was victorious in a breathtaking final British Touring Car Championship race at Knockhill ahead of Adam Morgan and West Surrey Racing’s Andy Priaulx.
Neal made a late move at the hairpin on the penultimate lap to overtake an unsighted Morgan, who followed the Honda driver home to the flag.
Morgan raced away in the opening stages from pole, ahead of the second Mercedes A-Class of Aiden Moffat, who held his second place off the line.
The pair initially built a gap back to Neal, Jason Plato and Rob Austin, before a safety car was deployed on lap five to move the chicane tyre barrier back into place.
With just one lap spent at lower pace, Morgan made certain that he raced away at the front as Neal moved in on Moffat – the Honda driver moving into second on lap eight after the Laser Tools Racing driver went wide off the chicane.
Morgan continued to build his lead in the opening half of the race to three seconds, and although Neal reduced that gap into the closing stages, the Mercedes driver still looked on course for a second win in the championship.
That was until he collected a large piece of debris on lap 23, which stuck on the front of his car and slowed his pace significantly; although Morgan shook it off through the hairpin, the delay had allowed Neal to close up onto the penultimate lap.
Neal then stalked the Ciceley Motorsport driver to the hairpin, when he made a deft pass up the inside of Morgan under braking to steal the lead, which he held to the line a lap later despite intense pressure from Morgan.
Priaulx came through third on the road but was involved in his fair share of incidents, first hitting Plato at the hairpin to force a move before twice making contact with Moffat, the latter hit handing him the final podium spot.
Moffat had also been overtaken by Austin but recovered to fourth on the final lap ahead of the Audi driver, with Plato driving a sensible race to finish in sixth.
Andrew Jordan rounded his day off with seventh place ahead of Gordon Shedden, who kept his head in the middle of an intense midfield battle to beat Mat Jackson to eighth.
Martin Depper secured the final place in the top ten, as both Rob Collard and Sam Tordoff – who had charged up to sixth from 21st on the grid – retired in the closing stages.
Points scoring result
|1||25||M||Matt NEAL||Honda Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type R||25||22:36.425||52.731||3|
|2||33||Adam MORGAN||WIX Racing||Mercedes Benz A-Class||25||0.35||52.894||1|
|3||111||C||Andy PRIAULX||Team IHG Rewards Club||BMW 125i M Sport||25||8.607||53.051||6|
|4||16||Aiden MOFFAT||Laser Tools Racing||Mercedes Benz A-Class||25||11.923||53.200||2|
|5||101||Rob AUSTIN||Exocet AlcoSense||Audi A4||25||12.372||53.082||5|
|6||99||Jason PLATO||Team BMR||Volkswagen CC||25||13.62||53.473||4|
|7||77||M||Andrew JORDAN||MG 888 Racing||MG 6GT||25||14.53||53.252||7|
|8||52||M||Gordon SHEDDEN||Honda Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type R||25||15.588||53.168||10|
|9||4||Mat JACKSON||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus||25||17.872||53.306||8|
|10||30||Martin DEPPER||Eurotech Racing||Honda Civic||25||19.365||53.182||11|
|11||17||Dave NEWSHAM||Power Maxed Racing||Chevrolet Cruze||25||20.175||53.417||12|
|12||31||M||Jack GOFF||MG 888 Racing||MG 6GT||25||20.546||53.241||13|
|13||66||Josh COOK||Power Maxed Racing||Chevrolet Cruze||25||20.772||53.295||14|
|14||55||Jeff SMITH||Eurotech Racing||Honda Civic||25||22.274||53.251||22|
|15||1||Colin TURKINGTON||Team BMR||Volkswagen CC||25||22.864||53.310||24|