Honda Civic driver Matt Simpson took his maiden British Touring Car Championship victory by leading from lights-to-flag in the opening race of the weekend at Oulton Park.
Simpson controlled the start to reach Old Hall corner first, while Tom Chilton leapfrogged team-mate Sam Tordoff in his Motorbase Ford Focus to reach second place at the first turn.
The leader was able to forge a small gap to those battling behind and maintained the gap to the end of 15 laps.
Simpson said: "I knew if I could reach Knickerbrook on the opening lap still in the lead, then I would be in a good position to capitalise from there.
"I could see that Chilton behind me was having to defend, and I hoped he could hold the rest of them back, which he did."
There was smoke coming from the left-front wheel of Simpson's car, but it did not affect his pace.
However, he did have some concerns during the closing stages that allowed Chilton to gain ground.
"The brakes were going soft," said Simpson.
"I was just being careful with them because I had done so much hard work I didn't want to ruin it with a lock-up.
"But it was all under control."
Chilton defended from Tordoff initially, and was then forced to look to his mirrors as the charging Andrew Jordan moved into a podium position at Old Hall on lap eight in his BMW.
Jordan was left slightly frustrated that he hadn't made more progress from his fourth spot on the grid.
"I don't know what happened at the start - I think I might have had too much temperature in the rear tyres because it just bogged down," said Jordan.
"Once I got back up to Tom, he was fast enough in the right places to block me.
"I got alongside him once, but just couldn't make it stick.
"There was more pace in the car, so I am looking forward to race two now."
Behind fourth-placed Tordoff, Matt Neal rounded out the top five carrying 33kg of success ballast in his Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R, ahead of Colin Turkington's WSR BMW, which had progressed from ninth on the grid to take sixth.
Championship leader Adam Morgan could only manage 18th in his Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class, which was carrying 75kg of success ballast.
Championship rivals Josh Cook's Power Maxed Vauxhall Astra and Tom Ingram (Speedworks Toyota Avensis) were similarly hampered by extra weight and were 17th and 15th respectively.
Result - 15 laps
|1||Matt Simpson||Eurotech Racing||Honda||22m00.318s|
|5||Matt Neal||Team Dynamics||Honda||2.828s|
|8||Jack Goff||Eurotech Racing||Honda||6.587s|
|10||Rob Austin||HMS Racing||Alfa Romeo||7.485s|
|11||Brett Smith||Eurotech Racing||Honda||16.644s|
|12||Chris Smiley||BTC Norlin||Honda||16.831s|
|13||Dan Cammish||Team Dynamics||Honda||17.035s|
|14||Ollie Jackson||AmD Tuning||Audi||17.375s|
|16||Aiden Moffat||Laser Tools Racing||Mercedes||17.545s|
|17||Josh Cook||Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall||18.138s|
|18||Adam Morgan||Ciceley Motorsport||Mercedes||18.884s|
|19||Mike Bushell||Team Hard||Volkswagen||19.618s|
|20||Tom Oliphant||Ciceley Motorsport||Mercedes||20.197s|
|21||Ash Sutton||Team BMR||Subaru||20.554s|
|22||Stephen Jelley||Team Parker Racing||BMW||20.633s|
|23||Jake Hill||Team Hard||Volkswagen||22.934s|
|24||Tom Boardman||AmD Tuning||MG||27.475s|
|25||Daniel Lloyd||BTC Norlin||Honda||27.937s|
|26||Bobby Thompson||Team Hard||Volkswagen||28.173s|
|27||Rory Butcher||AmD Tuning||MG||28.342s|
|28||Senna Proctor||Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall||28.777s|
|29||Michael Caine||Team Hard||Volkswagen||32.235s|
|30||Jason Plato||Team BMR||Subaru||32.779s|
|31||Sam Smelt||AmD Tuning||Audi||33.643s|
|-||Josh Price||Team BMR||Subaru||Retirement|
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