Andrew 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 Retirements: 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