BTCC Silverstone: Sam Tordoff becomes 15th BTCC winner of the year

Ford Focus driver Sam Tordoff became a record 15th different British Touring Car race winner of the season when he claimed the opening race of the day at Silverstone

BTCC Silverstone: Sam Tordoff becomes 15th BTCC winner of the year

The polesitter blasted away from the line and immediately covered off the inside line going into Copse corner to ward off any threat from the third-placed starter Ricky Collard in his WSR BMW 125i M Sport.

That move allowed Tordoff's Motorbase team-mate Tom Chilton into second place in his Focus while Collard ran wide.

The latter's error allowed Andrew Jordan into third place in his WSR BMW and Jack Goff's Eurotech Honda Civic Type R into fourth ahead of Collard.

The top two remained the class of the field and were uninterrupted by a mid-race safety car to clear up the abandoned car of Josh Cook (Vauxhall Astra) from the Brooklands gravel.

Jordan was forced to pit after 11 laps with a loss of power from his two-litre turbocharged car just as Collard managed to repass Goff, which put him up to third.

Not for a lack of trying, Tom Chilton couldn't make a move stick and had to settle for second behind Tordoff and ahead of Collard and Goff respectively.

"This win has been a long time coming," said Tordoff, who returned to the BTCC this year after a year in sportscars after finishing second in the BTCC in 2016.

"I got a good start and I cut across in front of Ricky just in time.

"From there, it was about building a rhythm and controlling things, although I did make a slip-up just after the safety car and flirted with the gravel at Luffield.

"That put Tom right back on my tail and they got on the pits to car radio to tell me that there would be no team orders, I would have to work for this one.

"But I held on and it was a perfect result for me and for the team."

Collard's third place came in only his third race in the BTCC, standing in for his injured father, BTCC regular Rob.

Championship leader Colin Turkington, who had only qualified in 18th place in his WSR BMW laden with 75kg of ballast, picked his way through the order and ran 12th after 10 laps.

He climbed through the lower ranks of the top 10 and eventually followed Mike Bushell's Team Hard VW CC home for eighth position at the flag.

He was well clear of championship rivals Ash Sutton, who was 11th in his Team BMR Subaru Levorg, and Tom Ingram, who was 15th in his Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis.

That means that Turkington has extended his lead to 50 points in the standings with five races remaining.

Race one result - 25 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Sam Tordoff Motorbase Ford 26m02.037s
2 Tom Chilton Motorbase Ford 0.468s
3 Ricky Collard WSR BMW 3.967s
4 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 6.018s
5 Matt Simpson Simpson Racing Honda 6.193s
6 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 6.484s
7 Mike Bushell Team Hard Volkswagen 10.987s
8 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 11.415s
9 Tom Oliphant Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 11.942s
10 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 13.416s
11 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 14.185s
12 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning MG 14.751s
13 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 16.327s
14 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 20.329s
15 Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 20.551s
16 Daniel Lloyd BTC Norlin Honda 21.975s
17 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 22.405s
18 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 23.021s
19 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 23.516s
20 Ollie Pidgley Team Hard Volkswagen 25.516s
21 James Cole Motorbase Ford 26.102s
22 Sam Smelt AmD Tuning Audi 27.724s
23 Josh Caygill AmD Tuning MG 33.566s
24 Ethan Hammerton Team Hard Volkswagen 43.517s
25 Chris Smiley BTC Norlin Honda 1 Lap
26 Rob Austin HMS Racing Alfa Romeo 1 Lap
- Andrew Jordan WSR BMW Retirement
- Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru Retirement
- Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW Retirement
- Josh Cook Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Retirement
- Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda Retirement



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