Oulton Park BTCC: Sam Tordoff gets first WSR victory in race three

Sam Tordoff took his first British Touring Car Championship win since switching to the WSR team with victory in the Oulton Park reverse-grid race

Oulton Park BTCC: Sam Tordoff gets first WSR victory in race three

The ex-MG man passed Matt Neal shortly after half-distance and then resisted late pressure from Andrew Jordan to triumph in the final race in Cheshire.

Tordoff dropped to third at the start after running wide while attempting to pass poleman Adam Morgan round the outside at the first corner, allowing Neal's Honda Civic Type-R through to second.

Neal assumed the lead when Morgan was handed a drive-through penalty for a jump start, and pulled out a lead of one second over the chasing BMW.

But a scruffy half a lap at mid-distance put him under pressure and when Neal wobbled through Lodge, Tordoff was able to draw alongside and dive by at Old Hall.

Later that lap Jordan forced his way inside Neal at Lodge, and after they swapped paint through Deer Leap the MG replicated Tordoff's pass into Old Hall.

Jordan chased down Tordoff, who had eked out a slight advantage, but could not challenge on the final lap and Tordoff held on for his third win in the series.

Neal completed the podium ahead of team-mate Gordon Shedden, who resisted race-long pressure from the day's double victor Jason Plato.

Plato was at the head of a train of Team BMR Volkswagen CCs, with Colin Turkington passing Aron Smith to end a difficult weekend in sixth place.

Morgan ended up outside the points in 17th after serving his drive-through penalty at the end of the second lap, while Andy Priaulx's day ended in disappointment again.

After colliding with team-mate Rob Collard in race two, which took them out of fourth and fifth, Priaulx was running 10th for the majority of race three until an unknown mechanical problem forced him into retirement.

RESULTS - 15 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 22m02.470s
2 Andrew Jordan MG MG 0.264s
3 Matt Neal Honda Honda 0.766s
4 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda 2.997s
5 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen 3.137s
6 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen 3.831s
7 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen 4.381s
8 Jack Goff MG MG 4.772s
9 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 7.105s
10 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 7.152s
11 Aiden Moffat Aiden Moffat Racing Mercedes 11.762s
12 Warren Scott Team BMR Volkswagen 12.121s
13 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet 12.531s
14 Rob Collard WSR BMW 16.099s
15 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 19.046s
16 Hunter Abbott Rob Austin Racing Audi 20.590s
17 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 20.808s
18 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet 22.635s
19 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti 33.691s
20 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota 35.612s
21 Simon Belcher Handy Motorsport Toyota 41.301s
22 Kieran Gallagher Team Hard Toyota 2 Laps
- Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi Retirement
- Mike Bushell AmD Ford Retirement
- Andy Priaulx WSR BMW Retirement
- Alex Martin Team Parker Ford Not classified
- Andy Wilmot Welch Motorsport Proton Retirement
- Martin Depper Eurotech Honda Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Jason Plato 157
2 Gordon Shedden 154
3 Matt Neal 149
4 Andrew Jordan 144
5 Colin Turkington 124
6 Adam Morgan 114
7 Sam Tordoff 111
8 Jack Goff 104
9 Aron Taylor-Smith 93
10 Rob Collard 81
11 Andy Priaulx 75
12 Tom Ingram 67
13 Josh Cook 48
14 Rob Austin 39
15 Dave Newsham 37
16 Aiden Moffat 35
17 Martin Depper 23
18 Jeff Smith 20
19 Hunter Abbott 15
20 Warren Scott 10
21 Mike Bushell 2
22 Simon Belcher 1
23 Daniel Welch 1
24 Kieran Gallagher 1


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