Rockingham BTCC: Sam Tordoff wins from 10th after leaders collide

Championship leader Sam Tordoff took his second victory of the season in the second British Touring Car race at Rockingham

Rockingham BTCC: Sam Tordoff wins from 10th after leaders collide

The WSR BMW 125i M Sport driver, who started on the fifth row, took advantage of a clash among several frontrunners going into the Deane hairpin on the opening lap to slice up to fifth place immediately, and then set about picking off his rivals one by one.

He took fourth from Ashley Sutton's MG at Deane hairpin on lap two then moved to third ahead of Gordon Shedden's fully ballasted Honda.

All that remained in front were the two Motorbase Fords of leader Mat Jackson and Andrew Jordan.

Tordoff capitalised on a small slip by Jordan on lap seven of 18 to jump inside the Focus going into the Brook chicane, and then repeated the move two laps later to claim the lead.

"The car was absolutely beautiful," said Tordoff.

"I could put it anywhere and it reacted well.

"We made a set-up change for the race because I was running without any weight, and it worked really well.

"I think the Fords could see that I had more pace and then didn't fight too hard to stop me getting through."

Jordan passed Jackson for second place as the two Motorbase cars were wary of Rob Collard's BMW closing in behind.

Collard managed to pass Jackson with five laps left going into the Deane hairpin to claim the final rostrum place, but Jordan remained just out of reach.

Behind Jackson, MG's Sutton took a lonely fifth from Matt Neal, who had battled his way through a tight midfield pack.

Aron Smith was seventh in the Team BKR VW CC, ahead of Adam Morgan's Mercedes-Benz and the similar car of Aiden Moffat.

Shedden, hampered with the less favourable harder tyres and 75kg of ballast, dropped to 10th at the flag.

Jason Plato and Colin Turkington's Subaru were both victims of the opening lap crash, along with Josh Cook's MG.

RACE TWO RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 16 22m44.838s
2 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 16 2.886s
3 Rob Collard WSR BMW 16 3.085s
4 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 16 6.863s
5 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 16 15.027s
6 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 16 18.661s
7 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 16 21.341s
8 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 16 22.624s
9 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 16 25.489s
10 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 16 28.536s
11 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 16 29.025s
12 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 16 29.937s
13 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 16 30.221s
14 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 16 30.742s
15 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 16 37.517s
16 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 16 45.687s
17 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 16 46.268s
18 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 16 46.474s
19 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 16 46.775s
20 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen 16 1m11.838s
- Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 15 Retirement
- Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 11 Not classified
- Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 10 Not classified
- Jack Goff WSR BMW 4 Retirement
- Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 4 Retirement
- Tony Gilham Team Hard Toyota 2 Retirement
- Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 1 Retirement
- Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 1 Retirement
- Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 0 Retirement
- Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 0 Retirement
- Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 0 Not started

RACE THREE GRID

Pos Driver Team Car
1 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen
2 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda
3 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG
4 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford
5 Rob Collard WSR BMW
6 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford
7 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW
8 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes
9 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes
10 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda
11 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet
12 James Cole Team BMR Subaru
13 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi
14 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota
15 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru
16 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota
17 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda
18 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford
19 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford
20 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen
21 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota
22 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet
23 Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru
24 Jack Goff WSR BMW
25 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG
26 Tony Gilham Team Hard Toyota
27 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda
28 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru
29 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota
30 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton
31 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda

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