Brands Hatch BTCC: Andrew Jordan doubles up in race two
|By Kevin Turner||Sunday, March 30th 2014, 13:58 GMT|
Andrew Jordan made it two wins from two starts in the 2014 British Touring Car Championship in race two at Brands Hatch.
The Eurotech Honda initially escaped when fellow front-row starter Jason Plato stalled his MG6 on the line and a clash between Rob Collard's WSR BMW and the Honda Civic Tourer of Matt Neal at Paddock held up the chasing pack.
The incident also allowed Gordon Shedden to snatch second and a fast-starting Nick Foster to jump to fourth in his BMW.
Jordan was well clear but lost his advantage when the safety car was called for Chris Stockton's beached Chevrolet Cruze at Paddock.
After the restart Jordan, carrying 45kg of success ballast, came under pressure from Shedden (18kg), while Colin Turkington - relegated to sixth in the early scramble - started a recovery charge.
He dived past WSR BMW team-mates Collard and Foster with similar moves at Paddock and then caught Neal. He again attacked the Honda driver at Paddock and secured third on the run to Druids.
The BMW, which had suffered a front anti-rollbar issue in race one, then closed on the Jordan-Shedden battle.
He had just arrived on the Honda estate's rear, when contact from Marc Hynes' Triple Eight MG put Martin Depper's Eurotech Civic into the wall at Graham Hill Bend and caused another safety car.
Jordan made a good restart with four laps to go, with Shedden having to think more about defending from Turkington than attacking the Civic ahead. The reigning champion thus extended his points lead despite carrying maximum success ballast.
Shedden narrowly held off Turkington, while Neal stayed ahead of Foster and Collard to make it two Civic Tourers in the top four.
After losing ground early on, the soft tyre-shod Aron Smith recovered to seventh in his BMR VW Passat. He had initially been relegated to 12th on the grid after a race-one clash, but an appeal allowed him to start the race in seventh.
Adam Morgan's new Mercedes completed the top eight, just ahead of rookie Tom Ingram's Speedworks Toyota Avensis.
Fabrizio Giovanardi managed 10th in his Motorbase Ford Focus, while Plato recovered from his early dramas to finish 14th.
The MG6 overtook Alain Menu during his charge, but the 1997 and 2000 champion still rose from row 14 to 17th.
Results - 27 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Honda 25m15.787s 2. Gordon Shedden Honda +0.505s 3. Colin Turkington WSR BMW +0.709s 4. Matt Neal Honda +1.742s 5. Nick Foster WSR BMW +2.094s 6. Rob Collard WSR BMW +2.519s 7. Aron Smith BMR VW +2.975s 8. Adam Morgan Ciceley Mercedes +3.524s 9. Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota +3.822s 10. Fabrizio Giovanardi Motorbase Ford +4.146s 11. Jack Goff BMR Vauxhall +5.538s 12. Sam Tordoff MG +5.814s 13. Warren Scott BMR Vauxhall +6.377s 14. Jason Plato MG +6.623s 15. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford +7.027s 16. Dave Newsham AmD Ford +8.124s 17. Alain Menu BMR VW +8.367s 18. Hunter Abbott RAR Audi +8.740s 19. Jack Clarke Motorbase Ford +9.413s 20. Marc Hynes MG +11.490s 21. Glynn Geddie UA Toyota +12.855s 22. James Cole UA Toyota +13.256s 23. Robb Holland Rotek Audi +15.113s 24. Simon Belcher Speedworks Toyota +16.260s 25. Aiden Moffat Moffat Chevrolet +17.789s 26. Ollie Jackson Welch Proton +18.559s Retirements: Lea Wood Houseman Toyota 25 laps Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 17 laps Rob Austin RAR Audi 5 laps Chris Stockton BTC Chevrolet 0 laps