Rockingham BTCC: Mat Jackson wins for Motorbase Ford with puncture

Mat Jackson claimed a lights-to-flag victory in the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Rockingham, while Jason Plato was punted out of the points lead

Rockingham BTCC: Mat Jackson wins for Motorbase Ford with puncture

Motorbase driver Jackson led away from pole position and his Ford Focus was never headed as he first pulled clear of fellow front-row starter Aron Smith, and later Gordon Shedden.

As Jackson headed Smith into Deene for the first time, the slow-starting Tom Ingram was swamped from fourth and dropped behind the two Hondas of Shedden and Matt Neal, and Plato.

Ingram rebuffed an attack from Josh Cook but the Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze tried to dive by again into Yentwood and hit the Speedworks Toyota Avensis.

That sent a sideways Ingram into Plato, whose Team BMR Volkswagen CC suffered what looked like a broken toe-link and crabbed back to the pits.

The erstwhile points leader rejoined the action three laps down in a repaired VW that was quick enough to bag 12th on the grid for race two.

At the front, Jackson eased clear as Smith came under attack from Jack Goff, but Shedden was into third by the third lap and soon after had dispatched Smith as well.

He briefly cut into the two-second gap to the leader but made no further progress, and Jackson extended his advantage by the race's end for a 22nd BTCC victory.

It was not a clear run to the flag, though - Jackson reported "burning rubber" two laps from the end as he suffered a front-right puncture, though it did not go completely flat until after the flag.

Shedden, who set the fastest lap of the race to take pole for the second encounter, was a lonely second to move to the summit of the championship standings, while Smith kept Goff at bay to complete the podium.

Neal had looked set to round out the top five but suffered his own late puncture, which dropped the three-time champion from fifth to eighth on the last lap.

That allowed the recovering Ingram to take fifth after managing his soft tyres well, while Andrew Jordan rose from ninth to sixth in his MG.

A muted Colin Turkington, Neal, Adam Morgan and Sam Tordoff completed the top 10.

RESULTS - 16 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 22m32.922s
2 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda 1.832s
3 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen 3.686s
4 Jack Goff MG MG 4.317s
5 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 14.622s
6 Andrew Jordan MG MG 17.285s
7 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen 18.422s
8 Matt Neal Honda Honda 21.431s
9 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 23.231s
10 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 23.438s
11 James Cole Motorbase Ford 28.091s
12 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet 28.332s
13 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet 29.309s
14 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 30.216s
15 Mike Bushell AmD Ford 34.259s
16 Nick Foster WSR BMW 34.945s
17 Robb Holland Handy Motorsport Toyota 36.118s
18 Rob Collard WSR BMW 38.801s
19 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi 47.201s
20 Nicolas Hamilton AmD Audi 51.588s
21 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 56.325s
22 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota 57.785s
23 Hunter Abbott Rob Austin Racing Audi 1m01.370s
24 Alex Martin Team Parker Ford 1m02.910s
25 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 1m13.642s
26 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti 1m13.798s
27 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen 2 Laps
- Aiden Moffat Aiden Moffat Racing Mercedes Retirement
- Warren Scott Team BMR Volkswagen Retirement
- Kieran Gallagher Team Hard Toyota Retirement

RACE TWO STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda 1m23.193s -
2 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 1m23.233s 0.040s
3 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 1m23.238s 0.045s
4 Jack Goff MG MG 1m23.415s 0.222s
5 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 1m23.470s 0.277s
6 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen 1m23.508s 0.315s
7 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi 1m23.518s 0.325s
8 Matt Neal Honda Honda 1m23.632s 0.439s
9 Hunter Abbott Rob Austin Racing Audi 1m23.653s 0.460s
10 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen 1m23.658s 0.465s
11 Andrew Jordan MG MG 1m23.754s 0.561s
12 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen 1m23.794s 0.601s
13 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 1m23.822s 0.629s
14 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet 1m23.824s 0.631s
15 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 1m23.846s 0.653s
16 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet 1m23.867s 0.674s
17 James Cole Motorbase Ford 1m24.022s 0.829s
18 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m24.290s 1.097s
19 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 1m24.502s 1.309s
20 Nick Foster WSR BMW 1m24.540s 1.347s
21 Mike Bushell AmD Ford 1m24.633s 1.440s
22 Robb Holland Handy Motorsport Toyota 1m24.786s 1.593s
23 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 1m25.124s 1.931s
24 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti 1m25.796s 2.603s
25 Nicolas Hamilton AmD Audi 1m25.828s 2.635s
26 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota 1m25.856s 2.663s
27 Alex Martin Team Parker Ford 1m25.871s 2.678s
28 Aiden Moffat Aiden Moffat Racing Mercedes 1m23.876s 0.683s
29 Warren Scott Team BMR Volkswagen 1m24.037s 0.844s
30 Kieran Gallagher Team Hard Toyota 1m25.789s 2.596s

Set by fastest race one laps

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