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Colin Turkington dominated race one of the day at Knockhill, winning his fourth race of the season.
The BMW driver ended up winning the race, three seconds ahead of second place driver, Gordon Shedden. The 2012 world champion fought hard for his second place finish, defending well against Rob Austin in his Audi.
Adam Morgan finished just behind the podium places in fourth after a strong drive. Another lap could have seen him on the podium. Jason Plato finished fifth in his MG that has been off the pace all weekend.
Championship leader, Matt Neal, could only manage seventh in his Honda. Neal, who had the maximum success ballast added to the weight of his car, struggled to keep up with the other cars going up the hill on the start/finish straight.
The start of the race saw pole sitter, Austin, get a great start and was untroubled going into the first corner. Turkington also got a good start as all of the top drivers stayed in the same positions.
Turkington waited until the end of the second lap to make his move for the lead. The BMW driver went through at the last corner to take the lead away from Austin, who almost lost out to Shedden at the same time.
Further down the field, old rivals Plato and Neal were racing together yet again and the pair ended up touching. The collision sent Plato wide and off the track, but the MG driver was able to keep his position.
Back at the front, Shedden made his move on Austin going into the last corner and made it stick for second place. Turkington though was now over three seconds down the road. His lead was soon cancelled out however, with the safety car being called out after Paul O’Neill had crashed into the barriers on the main straight.
After the re-start, Turkington soon re-established his lead at the front, showing just how well his BMW was working today. Behind him, Shedden was under increasing pressure from the pole-sitter, Austin.
Austin tried to get passed Shedden on multiple occasions, with the pair touching on one occasion. Shedden defended excellently though and the Audi driver could not find a way through.
On the last lap, Austin had to change from attack to defence, with Morgan challenging for the podium in his Toyota. The Audi Driver managed to hold on though and matched his best finish of the season.
Out at the front, Turkington took the chequered flag for the fourth time this season, with Shedden finishing over three seconds behind him in second.
Knockhill Race One Results