Jason Plato closed the gap on his Honda rivals in the British Touring Car Championship with a dominant victory in race one at Rockingham on Sunday.
After briefly fighting off a challenge from the fast-starting Motorbase Ford of Mat Jackson, Plato's MG pulled clear of the field.
On his first flying lap, Plato set a time that would have been good enough for fifth on the grid and established a two-second lead.
He extended it to over four before cruising home to take his fourth win of 2012.
Behind him, Jackson's tenure of second was brief as he was shuffled back by the Eurotech and works Hondas of, respectively, Andrew Jordan and Gordon Shedden at Yentwood on lap one.
Shedden shadowed Jordan early on before dropping back. He just held off Jackson at the flag to complete the podium.
The second MG of Andy Neate initially ran fifth, but fell prey to Rob Collard's WSR BMW - up from eighth on the grid - and Matt Neal's Honda.
Despite his injured hand, Neal had already fought off a challenge from Rob Austin's rapid Audi, which spun trying to pass the Honda at Pif-Paf, and pressured Collard to the flag.
Neal's sixth place was enough to retain the points lead, but the triple champion lost ground to closest rivals Shedden and Plato.
A fading Neate finished seventh, just ahead of Tom Onslow-Cole's BMW and the recovering Austin.
BTCC rookie Howard Fuller lost out to Chris James on the final lap, but still took points for 14th with Tony Gilham Racing's Honda.
Results - 16 laps:
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
1. Jason Plato MG 22m38.269s
2. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Honda + 3.323s
3. Gordon Shedden Honda + 6.710s
4. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford + 6.890s
5. Rob Collard WSR BMW + 19.974s
6. Matt Neal Honda + 20.254s
7. Andy Neate MG + 26.102s
8. Tom Onslow-Cole WSR BMW + 26.445s
9. Rob Austin Austin Audi + 26.993s
10. Nick Foster WSR BMW + 33.041s
11. Frank Wrathall Dynojet Toyota + 34.547s
12. Dave Newsham ES Vauxhall + 34.820s
13. Chris James ES Vauxhall + 51.918s
14. Howard Fuller Gilham Honda + 53.338s
15. Tony Hughes Speedworks Toyota + 53.952s
Will Bratt Austin Audi 14 laps
Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 12 laps
Adam Morgan Speedworks Toyota 12 laps
Ollie Jackson AmD Volkswagen 10 laps
Aron Smith Motorbase Ford 6 laps