Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden gave Honda a dream start to the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, with two out of three race wins for the factory team at Brands Hatch. Watch highlights of the whole weekend here:
However, it was WSR BMW's Rob Collard who drew first blood, taking victory in the opening race of the championship. Starting fifth on the grid, Collard got off to a flying start and was up to second position by the end of the opening lap. He went on to pass his teammate, Andy Priaulx, on lap 13 after the WTCC champion's soft compound tyres faded.
The two Team BMR Volkswagen Passat CCs of Aron Smith and Jason Plato took full advantage of Priaulx's misfortune at Paddock on the same lap, with the teammates putting pressure on Collard all the way to the chequered flag.
New MG recruit Jack Goff impressed on his debut for the team, bringing the car home in fourth place for the factory team, after fending off a determined effort from 2014 champion and BMR's third driver, Colin Turkington.
Gordon Shedden, in Honda's all-new Civic Type-R, finished a close sixth with Turkington's teammate Andrew Jordan and Matt Neal rounding out the top eight. Priaulx eventually crossed the line in ninth, while the Toyota Avensis of Speedworks Motorsport's Tom Ingram completed the top 10, after a tustle with the Mercedes A Class of Adam Morgan at Graham Hill Bend earlier in the race.
Two-time champion Jason Plato began race two on pole position and quickly asserted his dominance by opening up a four-second gap over Gordon Shedden and Andy Priaulx. However, with only three laps remaining Plato ran wide at Paddock Hill Bend after suffering a front-left puncture, which let Shedden and Priaulx through to battle it out for top honours.