Oulton BTCC: Andrew Jordans takes second win of the season

Andrew Jordan has taken his second victory of the British Touring Car Championship season after claiming the opening race at Oulton Park

Oulton BTCC: Andrew Jordans takes second win of the season

The WSR BMW 125i M Sport driver took advantage of a front row start to jump pole position driver Matt Neal (Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R) into Old Hall corner at the beginning of the race. He controlled the pace thereafter, but Neal closed in over the last portion of the race.

Jordan had taken the softer tyres and they wilted, while Neal, on his normal tyres, closed in.

"I pushed to get a gap early on," said Jordan, who has moved up to ninth in the points.

"They tyres started to go off, and my engineer [John Waterman] told me on the radio that Neal was coming.

"I had to just make sure that I had enough in hand over the last couple of corners so that I was out of reach of a Matt Neal lunge!

"If the race had been another lap or two longer, I am not sure I could have won it. This is a great result."

The battle for the final spot on the podium was titanic. Subaru Levorg racer Ash Sutton eventually claimed the pace with a stunning double pass of Colin Turkington (WSR BMW 125i M Sport) and Aiden Moffat (Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class) at Lodge corner on lap 10 of the 15-lap event.

A lap later, Turkington ran into the back of Moffat, who was also struggling on the softer tyres, under braking for Lodge - but just a few hundred yards later an electrical problem on the BMW forced Turkington to drop to the bottom of the pack.

Moffat held on to fourth pace, and he led home Rob Collard (WSR BMW) and Mat Jackson (Motorbase Performance Ford Focus).

Reigning champion Gordon Shedden, who had run in fifth spot early on, was shuffled back to seventh in the flag in his Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R, despite a mid-race collision with the pursuing Josh Cook (Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus).

The top 10 was completed by the Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis of Rob Austin and the Team Hard VW CC of Jake Hill.

Tom Ingram, the points leader coming into the race, started in 12th spot but was involved in a lap-one crash with Jack Goff (Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R). That dropped him to the back and he had climbed to the fringes of the top 20, but his suspension failed on lap 12 and he was forced to pull off the circuit.

Despite the setback, Ingram holds onto his championship advantage by eight points from Shedden, while Collard moves into third spot.

RESULTS - 15 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 21m57.078s
2 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.284s
3 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 11.987s
4 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 17.642s
5 Rob Collard WSR BMW 18.750s
6 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 19.325s
7 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 20.259s
8 Josh Cook Maximum Motorsport Ford 20.561s
9 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 21.469s
10 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 22.046s
11 Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen 25.005s
12 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 26.141s
13 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 27.315s
14 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 27.452s
15 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 27.951s
16 Aron Taylor-Smith Triple Eight/MG MG 28.271s
17 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford 28.856s
18 Luke Davenport Motorbase Ford 29.057s
19 Tom Chilton Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 31.032s
20 Daniel Lloyd Triple Eight/MG MG 31.493s
21 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 32.640s
22 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 34.783s
23 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 35.365s
24 Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet 35.530s
25 Will Burns Team Hard Volkswagen 44.478s
26 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford 45.087s
27 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi 45.912s
28 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 48.900s
29 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 52.479s
- Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet Not classified
- Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Retirement
- Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda Retirement


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