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Brands Hatch BTCC: Andrew Jordan doubles up in race two

Andrew Jordan wins Brands Hatch BTCC race 2014

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.

NEWS UPDATE: Hynes excluded from race

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
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