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Double podium for Andrew Jordan at Brands

Andrew Jordan secured a double podium finish during the opening weekend of the 2012 British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch.

The weekend marked the debut of the team’s brand new NGTC Honda Civic and Jordan immediately showed the potential of the car by securing a sixth place finish in race one before finishing second in rounds two and three.

The results means that he has thrown himself into the hunt for the outright Championship and an early lead in the Independents Championship.

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In the teams’ second Honda Civic, Jeff Smith secured a trio of top ten finishes, including a career best fourth in the final race to leave Kent sixth in the overall Championship and fourth in the Independents.

For the team, the results sees them in the lead of the HiQ Teams’ Championship and Independent teams’ Championship.

Qualifying saw Jordan line up fourth on the grid, a fifth of a second off pole position, and during the early stages he was running with the leaders until he had contact with another driver.

The resulting front left corner meant that Jordan had to ease off the pace and he crossed the line sixth, but with the front left tyre destroyed.

With the car rebuild for the second race, Jordan worked his way up the order to following Matt Neal home for his first podium of the season and the final race saw Jordan replicate his race two podium.

Once the race had been restarted – a multi car accident at Druids brought out the red flags – Jordan was able to lead for seven laps until the MG of Jason Plato came calling and Jordan had to concede.

“Any other day I’d be very pleased with two seconds but I’m slightly disappointed that the win got away from me in race three,” said Jordan. “It’s certainly got me fired up for my home event at Donington. The main thing, though, is we’ve come away from the first round with a decent points haul.”

For Smith, he lined up twelfth after qualifying and fought his way up the order to tenth in the first race, having been part of a four way scrap for seventh. He then secured a seventh place finish in the second race which gave him a front row start for the final race.

Having lined up second, Smith battled hard and secured fifth, which then became fourth after Gordon Shedden had been excluded from the results. For Smith, it marked his career best result in the BTCC.

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