Thruxton BTCC: Andrew Jordan wins for WSR BMW in race one

Andrew Jordan scored his second victory of the British Touring Car Championship season in the opening race at Thruxton after polesitter Sam Tordoff suffered a late electrical issue

Thruxton BTCC: Andrew Jordan wins for WSR BMW in race one

WSR BMW driver Jordan was forced out of the second and third races in the previous round at Donington Park after being hospitalised following a violent crash, but he bounced back at Thruxton to win by 1.339 seconds.

Tordoff made a clean getaway and built up a controlled half-second lead over Jordan, who climbed a place to second after Dan Cammish was slow away in his Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R.

That allowed Jordan's team-mate Colin Turkington to close, and the top four broke away in a processional opening half of the race.

But with three of the 16-lap race remaining, the rear of Tordoff's AmD Tuning Civic broke lose on the run out of the high-speed Church corner.

Tordoff blamed the error on an electrical issue, which set off an alarm in the car before affecting the power steering.

The loss of momentum allowed Jordan to close and pass prior to the braking zone of the final-corner chicane complex.

BMW 330i M Sport driver Jordan pulled one second clear during his first lap out in front and controlled that gap to the flag.

On the final lap, Tordoff again struggled out of Church and allowed Cammish an attempt at a similar run, but Tordoff held on to second place ahead of the Honda, with Turkington fourth.

As the leading quartet ran clear, Tordoff's team-mate Rory Butcher headed the Vauxhall Astra of Jason Plato for fifth.

Ashley Sutton and Matt Neal diced behind, with pre-race points leader Sutton carrying the maximum 54kg of success ballast.

Neal, laden with 18kg, attempted a pass and was fractionally ahead as they braked on entry to the chicane but a nudge from Sutton knocked Neal sideways.

He collected the slide and had to cut the chicane, but having already been ahead Neal retained the place to finished seventh ahead of Rob Collard with Sutton's Subaru Levorg down to ninth.

Jake Hill rounded out the top 10 ahead of Josh Cook and Donington Park race three winner Tom Ingram.

After losing his fastest lap for causing a red flag in qualifying, Tom Chilton climbed from 22nd on the grid to 18th, while Mark Blundell progressed from 30th to 27th.

Race one result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 16 20m42.432s
2 Sam Tordoff AmD Tuning Honda 16 1.339s
3 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 16 1.690s
4 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 16 2.267s
5 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning Honda 16 3.574s
6 Jason Plato Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 16 5.595s
7 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 16 6.933s
8 Rob Collard Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 16 8.308s
9 Ash Sutton BMR Racing Subaru 16 10.584s
10 Jake Hill Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 16 13.181s
11 Josh Cook BTC Racing Honda 16 13.672s
12 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 16 14.243s
13 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 16 18.387s
14 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Honda 16 18.914s
15 Matt Simpson Simpson Racing Honda 16 20.981s
16 Ollie Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 16 21.324s
17 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 16 21.842s
18 Tom Chilton Motorbase Performance Ford 16 22.192s
19 Daniel Rowbottom Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 16 22.732s
20 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 16 23.527s
21 Jack Goff Team Hard Volkswagen 16 24.302s
22 Senna Proctor BMR Racing Subaru 16 25.186s
23 Tom Oliphant WSR BMW 16 27.494s
24 Nicolas Hamilton Motorbase Performance Ford 16 37.493s
25 Rob Smith Excelr8 Motorsport MG 16 41.175s
26 Michael Crees Team Hard Volkswagen 16 45.665s
27 Mark Blundell Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 16 51.906s
28 Sam Osborne Excelr8 Motorsport MG 16 52.188s
29 Carl Boardley Team Hard Volkswagen 16 59.277s
30 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 14 2 Laps


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