Andrew Jordan's race two victory in the British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill has slashed team-mate Colin Turkington's points lead to just four after a disaster for the sister car.
WSR BMW driver Jordan powered away from the front row to claim the lead into Duffus Dip for the first time, while pole man Rory Butcher, who had the less favourable medium tyre and full ballast, slotted into second place in his AmDTuning.com Honda Civic.
While Jordan settled into his rhythm, Butcher came under attack from Dan Cammish's Team Dynamics Honda Civic. The positions swapped at the end of lap six when Cammish made a late lunge on Butcher at the hairpin to claim second.
Butcher was delayed in the move and it allowed Turkington's BMW to power ahead of the Honda too by the time the pack had reached Duffus Dip at the start of lap seven.
Butcher tried to reclaim third place down the inside into McIntryes but made contact with the rear of the BMW spinning Turkington into the gravel. The Northern Irishman would recover to 19th spot, but was out of the points.
The incident was investigated by the stewards after the race, with Butcher handed a five-place grid penalty for race three.
(Image courtesy of Mike Hills Speed Images)
Jordan continued unflustered to his sixth victory of the campaign from Cammish, while Butcher took third place on the road under pressure from Senna Proctor's BMR Racing Subaru Levorg.
Winner Jordan said: "That was an amazing car - I could do anything I wanted with it. It is the best touring car I have ever driven and it is pretty much as we rolled it out of the truck this weekend.
"I didn't see what happened [to Turkington] because I had my eyes forward. I have enough on my hands coping with my own race. Of course, it is a shame for BMW but I am selfish. My sleeves are really rolled up now."
Tom Chilton fended off pressure from Tom Ingram's Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Corolla to land fifth place, while a train of Adam Morgan, Jason Plato, Josh Cook and Jake Hill rounded out the top 10.
Jordan's win and Turkington's non-score means that the gap between the two at the head of the standings has gone from 30 coming to Knockhill to four. Third in the standings, Cammish is only 15 points away from the top of the table.
Double champion Alain Menu performed the reversed grid draw duties, and he pulled the number 10, putting Hill on pole for the final race of the day.
Results - 24 laps
|2||Dan Cammish||Team Dynamics||Honda||1.692s|
|3||Rory Butcher||AmD Tuning||Honda||4.042s|
|4||Senna Proctor||BMR Racing||Subaru||4.707s|
|5||Tom Chilton||Motorbase Performance||Ford||6.421s|
|6||Tom Ingram||Speedworks Motorsport||Toyota||12.419s|
|7||Adam Morgan||Ciceley Motorsport||Mercedes||13.472s|
|8||Jason Plato||Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall||14.198s|
|9||Josh Cook||BTC Racing||Honda||14.383s|
|10||Jake Hill||Trade Price Cars Racing||Audi||15.222s|
|11||Chris Smiley||BTC Racing||Honda||15.945s|
|12||Matt Simpson||Simpson Racing||Honda||18.370s|
|13||Aiden Moffat||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti||19.053s|
|15||Matt Neal||Team Dynamics||Honda||20.240s|
|16||Ash Sutton||BMR Racing||Subaru||21.658s|
|17||Rob Collard||Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall||25.319s|
|18||Ollie Jackson||Motorbase Performance||Ford||27.875s|
|20||Carl Boardley||Team Hard||Volkswagen||33.045s|
|21||Bobby Thompson||Team Hard||Volkswagen||37.210s|
|22||Rob Smith||Excelr8 Motorsport||MG||40.688s|
|23||Daniel Rowbottom||Ciceley Motorsport||Mercedes||41.175s|
|24||Mark Blundell||Trade Price Cars Racing||Audi||48.025s|
|25||Sam Osborne||Excelr8 Motorsport||MG||50.154s|
|26||Nicolas Hamilton||Motorbase Performance||Ford||50.175s|
|27||Michael Crees||Team Hard||Volkswagen||50.606s|
|-||Mike Bushell||AmD Tuning||Honda||Electrical|
|-||Stephen Jelley||Team Parker Racing||BMW||Water leak|
|-||Jack Goff||Team Hard||Volkswagen||Steering|