Croft BTCC: WSR BMW's Andy Priaulx takes first win of comeback

Andy Priaulx claimed the first win of his British Touring Car Championship comeback by defeating WSR team-mate Sam Tordoff in the opening encounter at Croft

Croft BTCC: WSR BMW's Andy Priaulx takes first win of comeback

Poleman Tordoff led the early stages after keeping Priaulx at bay at the start, while the third BMW 125i M Sport of Rob Collard assumed third having jumped Gordon Shedden off the line.

Tordoff immediately pulled a gap that grew as large as 1.4 seconds, but Priaulx started to reel him in and took the lead at Tower on lap six following a mistake from his team-mate at the chicane.

Collard, running on the soft tyre, briefly made it three cars almost line astern for the lead but could not keep with his team-mates as his tyres faded, leaving Priaulx to manage Tordoff's pressure to the end.

Shedden claimed a lonely fourth behind Collard, whose rear-wheel drive BMW proved far kinder than the other runners on the soft-compound Dunlops.

Colin Turkington ran fifth until the final lap, having repassed Rob Austin's Audi in the early stages, when he was swallowed up as he suffered a boost pressure problem.

That allowed Matt Neal to claim fifth in the second Honda Civic Type-R, while Andrew Jordan rose from 10th on the grid to clinch sixth in the lead MG.

Turkington tapped Tom Ingram's Toyota Avensis at the final corner as he held on to seventh, with the Speedworks Motorsport man having to settle for eighth.

Adam Morgan and Jack Goff completed the top 10, the latter another to struggle as his Triple Eight MG's soft tyres went off.

Tordoff will start race two from pole having set the fastest lap of the race, with Priaulx alongside and Jason Plato heading row two.

The erstwhile championship leader opted not to start from 12th on the grid, instead pitting and resuming in clear air to gain a better starting position for the second encounter, when the grid is set by fastest race one laps.

He will start with Shedden alongside on the second row.

RESULTS - 15 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Andy Priaulx WSR BMW 21m32.210s
2 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 0.764s
3 Rob Collard WSR BMW 5.770s
4 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda 10.031s
5 Matt Neal Honda Honda 21.250s
6 Andrew Jordan MG MG 21.730s
7 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen 23.344s
8 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 23.617s
9 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 29.403s
10 Jack Goff MG MG 34.136s
11 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet 34.587s
12 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen 34.691s
13 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi 34.801s
14 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 38.440s
15 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet 39.287s
16 Hunter Abbott Rob Austin Racing Audi 39.778s
17 Aiden Moffat Aiden Moffat Racing Mercedes 40.533s
18 Warren Scott Team BMR Volkswagen 41.428s
19 Alex Martin Team Parker Ford 47.148s
20 Simon Belcher Handy Motorsport Toyota 47.844s
21 Max Coates Infiniti Infiniti 57.256s
22 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti 58.825s
23 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 1m04.182s
24 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota 1m13.784s
25 Nicolas Hamilton AmD Audi 1 Lap
26 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 1 Lap
27 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen 1 Lap
- Andy Wilmot Welch Motorsport Proton Retirement
- Mike Bushell AmD Ford Retirement
- Kieran Gallagher Team Hard Toyota Not started

RACE TWO STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 1m24.590s -
2 Andy Priaulx WSR BMW 1m24.718s 0.128s
3 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen 1m24.949s 0.359s
4 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda 1m24.983s 0.393s
5 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen 1m24.992s 0.402s
6 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m25.033s 0.443s
7 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi 1m25.115s 0.525s
8 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 1m25.494s 0.904s
9 Hunter Abbott Rob Austin Racing Audi 1m25.551s 0.961s
10 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen 1m25.656s 1.066s
11 Andrew Jordan MG MG 1m25.731s 1.141s
12 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 1m25.762s 1.172s
13 Matt Neal Honda Honda 1m25.774s 1.184s
14 Jack Goff MG MG 1m25.813s 1.223s
15 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet 1m25.827s 1.237s
16 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 1m25.859s 1.269s
17 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 1m25.879s 1.289s
18 Warren Scott Team BMR Volkswagen 1m25.984s 1.394s
19 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet 1m26.141s 1.551s
20 Aiden Moffat Aiden Moffat Racing Mercedes 1m26.227s 1.637s
21 Alex Martin Team Parker Ford 1m26.770s 2.180s
22 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti 1m26.859s 2.269s
23 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 1m27.835s 3.245s
24 Simon Belcher Handy Motorsport Toyota 1m28.030s 3.440s
25 Max Coates Infiniti Infiniti 1m28.100s 3.510s
26 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota 1m28.118s 3.528s
27 Nicolas Hamilton AmD Audi 1m28.581s 3.991s
28 Andy Wilmot Welch Motorsport Proton 1m27.723s 3.133s
29 Mike Bushell AmD Ford 1m26.490s 1.900s
30 Kieran Gallagher Team Hard Toyota - -


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