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Jordan takes first BTCC race win

Andrew Jordan wins at CroftAndrew Jordan took not only his first British Touring Car Championship race win, but also the first for the new-generation TOCA engine package, in the third of today's races at Croft.

Jordan started from pole position for the reversed-grid race in his Vauxhall Vectra run by the family Eurotech team, and was gifted a three-second lead on the opening lap. He then looked after his tyres and maintained the gap to the chasing Tom Onslow-Cole on his way to victory.

"It's good to get the first win because now people will stop asking me when it's going to come," he said. "It was one of the easiest races I've ever done."

Tom Boardman turned Onslow-Cole sideways at the first corner. Somehow the Ford man held on to the slide and established himself in second.

Rob Collard made progress up the order in his WSR BMW and looked as though he might challenge the Focus, but a stray piece of debris was flicked up and turned off his master switch. Collard coasted into the pits and rejoined to finish one lap down.

In a race of attrition, title contenders Matt Neal and Jason Plato both suffered punctures. Neal parked his Honda, which was suffering with rising temperatures anyway, while Chevrolet man Plato rejoined after a stop. Gordon Shedden, winner of the first two races in his Honda, sustained steering damage at the first corner and struggled home to ninth place.

That left Steven Kane to take a sensational third in his Motorbase BMW. Kane was 19th on the grid and was sixth with a lap to go, but surged ahead of Tom Chilton's Ford plus the Honda Integra of Paul O'Neill and SEAT of Boardman, this pair having entertained the crowd royally with their unruly battle.

Pos  Driver           Car            Time/Gap
 1.  Andrew Jordan    Vauxhall     22m14.953s
 2.  Tom Onslow-Cole  Ford           + 7.885s
 3.  Steven Kane      BMW           + 13.942s
 4.  Tom Chilton      Ford          + 14.938s
 5.  Paul O'Neill     Honda         + 16.200s
 6.  Tom Boardman     SEAT          + 16.404s
 7.  Mat Jackson      BMW           + 16.504s
 8.  Daniel Lloyd     Vauxhall      + 16.589s
 9.  Gordon Shedden   Honda         + 21.678s
10.  Alex MacDowall   Chevrolet     + 22.994s
11.  James Nash       Vauxhall      + 24.261s
12.  John George      Honda         + 32.178s
13.  Lea Wood         Honda         + 34.851s
14.  Shaun Hollamby   Volkswagen    + 45.356s
15.  Arthur Forster   BMW           + 56.572s
16.  Jason Plato      Chevrolet   + 1m14.319s
17.  Rob Collard      BMW             + 1 lap


     Martin Depper    BMW         11 laps
     Matt Neal        Honda       10 laps
     Andy Neate       BMW         8 laps
     David Pinkney    Vauxhall    5 laps
     Martin Johnson   Vauxhall    1 laps
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