Rob Collard took his second British Touring Car Championship win of the year in the final race of the day at Donington Park.
The Motorbase BMW driver shot off the line from his front row grid position to grab the lead at the first corner of a race that began on a wet, but drying track, and never lost it.
Behind him drama unfolded as polesitter Harry Vaulkhard fought tooth-and-nail with Fabrizio Giovanardi and Jason Plato for the podium spots during the first half of the race.
Neither Vaulkhard nor Giovanardi would stand on it at the end of the race though, the Tempus Chevrolet and works Vauxhall coming together at McLeans on lap 13 in an incident that resulted in the Italian spinning and Vaulkhard losing time.
Plato capitalised on the incident to go past, but he and RML Chevrolet team-mate Mat Jackson were both passed by Colin Turkington at the following corner as the WSR BMW driver grabbed second place by the chequered flag. Plato and Jackson finished next up with Giovanardi fifth.
Sixth went to James Thompson, who had won both earlier races. Team Dynamics took a gamble by fitting slick tyres to the front end of his Honda while most of the rest of the field went for wets on each corner.
The gamble did not look to be paying off as he spent the first half of race at the back of the field.
However, as the track dried out, so his pace improved, and with lap times around three seconds quicker than the wet-shod cars by the closing stages, he was able to move up the field, passing Vaulkhard for sixth out of the final corner on the last lap.
Vauxhall's Matt Neal now has a reduced 13 point lead championship lead after finishing eighth, while Tom Chilton gave the Arena Ford team its first points of the year in ninth and Dave Pinkney completed the top 10 for Team Dynamics.
Pos Driver Car Time 1. Rob Collard BMW 22m09.601s 2. Colin Turkington BMW + 1.201s 3. Jason Plato Chevrolet + 3.639s 4. Mat Jackson Chevrolet + 3.794s 5. Fabrizio Giovanardi Vauxhall + 8.325s 6. James Thompson Honda + 10.321s 7. Harry Vaulkhard Chevrolet + 10.339s 8. Matt Neal Vauxhall + 14.133s 9. Tom Chilton Ford + 22.951s 10. David Pinkney Honda + 23.448s 11. Andrew Jordan Vauxhall + 24.544s 12. Martin Johnson Vauxhall + 27.136s 13. Jonathan Adam BMW + 28.815s 14. Liam McMillan SEAT + 29.258s 15. Alan Morrison Ford + 33.888s 16. Paul O'Neill Honda + 35.880s 17. John George Honda + 36.610s 18. Nick Leason BMW + 1 lap 19. Martyn Bell Honda + 2 laps Retirements: Adam Jones SEAT 0 laps