It was Jason Plato's weekend in Cheshire, as he guided his Volkswagen CC to two wins and the BTCC championship lead at Oulton Park.
Plato became the first driver this year to win twice on the same day, while a fifth place in the third race pushed him five points clear of second placed Gordon Shedden.
An event-filled first race ended up red flagged when Stewart Lines lost control of his Toyota Avensis in the pit entrance, and Plato claimed the win of the shortened race. He converted pole position into a win with a strong performance, securing pole for race two with the fastest lap too.
As he raced clear to a lead of over three seconds, Matt Neal in his Honda Civic Type-R worked hard to hold off Andy Priaulx's BMW. Priaulx put a lot of pressure on in the closing stages but could not force a mistake from Neal. Andrew Jordan claimed a comfortable fourth place in his MG, just behind the Neal/Priaulx battle.
He was the highest-placed driver on the soft-compound tyre, just ahead of Aron Smith and Gordon Sheddon who were also on soft tyres. Seventh place went to Jack Goff in the second MG. The top ten was rounded off with Tom Ingram's Speedworks Toyota, Sam Tordoff in the second WSR BMW and Dave Newsham's Chevrolet.
In race two, Plato managed to hold off a hard-charging Gordon Shedden, despite carrying the 75kg ballast penalty after winning race one.
As in the opening race Plato led from pole, but the attention of Shedden assured it was not as relaxed as his first victory of the day. Shedden's Civic was carrying 33kg of ballast too, but although it kept pace with Plato and the VW, it never looked like getting past until a mistake on the final lap. Despite a drag to the finish, Plato managed to cling on by a tiny 0.093s margin to claim his fourth win of the season.