Matt Neal came from absolutely nowhere to snatch victory from his old adversary, Jason Plato, in a stunning race two for the British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill.

After making one of the best starts of his career, Plato led away from the line but wasn’t allowed to make a break at the front – the BMW’s of Sam Tordoff and Jack Goff keeping him company.

As if this wasn’t enough to keep the race one winner busy, his Subaru team-mate, Colin Turkington, broke through to lead the attack on Plato.

After a brief safety car period to retrieve Martin Depper’s Honda Civic Type R and Warren Scott’s Subaru Levorg, the fun really began.

For a long time it was the two Subaru’s and BMW’s out on their own at the front. Turkington made several lunges on Plato at the final hairpin but Tordoff was always there to take advantage of any mistakes – at one point crossing the line ahead of Plato to gain an extra point!

With other cars falling off the pace, Neal made the most of his softer rubber to storm up to the back of the lead pack and he cut through them like a hot knife through butter.

The winning maneuver came at the most popular passing spot on the Knockhill circuit, the final corner.

On the run down to the corner, Plato left a sizable gap and Neal made the most of this.

Turkington will feel aggrieved that he wasn’t able to join Neal and Tordoff on the podium but he’ll only be more fired up for race three, live on ITV4 at 17:10.

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