Rockingham BTCC: Jordan extends lead with race-three win
|By Ben Anderson||Sunday, September 15th 2013, 16:54 GMT|
Andrew Jordan extended his lead in the British Touring Car Championship by winning the final race of the weekend at Rockingham.
The Eurotech Honda driver, who finished eighth in race two earlier in the day, drew pole position on the partially reversed grid and converted it into his sixth victory of the season.
He held the lead throughout, despite a short safety car period triggered by a first-lap tangle between Jack Goff's Team HARD Vauxhall Insignia and Rob Collard's WSR BMW.
With works Honda rival Gordon Shedden only able to make it as high as fifth from seventh place on the grid Jordan now has more than a race win's advantage at the top of the standings.
Triple Eight MG driver Sam Tordoff ran second initially, but slipped back to sixth as the race wore on.
Colin Turkington launched his WSR BMW from sixth on the grid to grab third at the start. He dived past Tordoff's MG6 at Deene on lap 12 of 19 and then held off a determined challenge from Tordoff's Triple Eight team-mate Jason Plato to finish second.
Mat Jackson's Motorbase Ford Focus got a brief look at challenging these two in their early skirmishes behind Tordoff, but he eventually finished a lonely fourth, a couple of seconds clear of Shedden.
Race two winner Rob Austin battled hard to find a way by the struggling Toyota Avensis of Dave Newsham, which started on the front row but got hung out to dry on the outside line on the first run through Deene.
They came together at Brook chicane on the penultimate lap, allowing former points leader Matt Neal to salvage seventh having started from the back of the grid following a non-finish in race two.
Newsham recovered to finish ahead of Austin in eighth, while Jeff Smith's Eurotech Honda Civic had an eventful run to round out the top 10.
Lea Wood completed a hat-trick of S2000 class wins in 16th overall, meaning his win tally can no longer be overhauled in the Jack Sears Trophy.
Results - 18 laps: Pos Driver Car Time/Gap 1. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Honda 28m49.680s 2. Colin Turkington WSR BMW +3.180s 3. Jason Plato MG +4.076s 4. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford +10.327s 5. Gordon Shedden Honda +12.587s 6. Sam Tordoff MG +15.076s 7. Matt Neal Honda +20.831s 8. Dave Newsham Speedworks Toyota +21.539s 9. Rob Austin Austin Audi +23.277s 10. Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda +25.044s 11. Adam Morgan Ciceley Toyota +25.441s 12. Tom Onslow-Cole Motorbase Ford +27.155s 13. Nick Foster WSR BMW +28.430s 14. Aron Smith Motorbase Ford +28.474s 15. Ollie Jackson Speedworks Toyota +39.651s 16. Lea Wood Wood Vauxhall +51.382s* 17. Warren Scott BMR Volkswagen +1m00.644s 18. Andy Wilmot Hard Volkswagen +1m00.864s 19. David Nye Welch Ford +1m21.440s* Retirements: Will Bratt Austin Audi 13 laps Howard Fuller Hard Volkswagen 10 laps Frank Wrathall Dynojet Toyota 6 laps Jack Goff Hard Vauxhall 1 lap Rob Collard WSR BMW 0 laps