Andrew Jordan wins opening Oulton race as Tom Ingram hits trouble

Andrew Jordan wins opening Oulton race as Tom Ingram hits trouble

Andrew Jordan
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Andrew Jordan led home Matt Neal in the opening British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Oulton Park, as championship leader Tom Ingram retired from the race with a damaged car.

At the start of the race it was Jordan, from second on the grid, who got off to the stronger start in his rear-wheel drive BMW, beating pole-sitter Neal into Turn 1.

Further back, contact at the Hislops chicane between Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff and Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram turned the latter around, dropping him from the fringes of the top ten to the very back of the pack.

There were also troubles for Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan, who had to take avoiding action at the Island Hairpin when Stephen Jelley pushed Ant Whorton-Eales into his path, the incident dropping Morgan to the back of the pack.

As Jordan and Neal scampered away at the front, opening up a lead of more than ten seconds, it was initially Team BMW’s Colin Turkington who used his rear-wheel drive advantage to slot into the final podium position.

However, on lap two Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat took the position at the Island hairpin, as the Subaru of Ash Sutton closed in on the scrapping duo.

On lap seven Sutton got past Turkington for fourth, and three laps later the Subaru driver was pushed onto the grass on the exit of the corner as he also tried to pass Moffat.

That dropped Sutton briefly back to fifth, but by the end of the lap he was back in third, after a daring move around the outside of Moffat at Lodge Corner and into Turn 1 on the following lap.

In the end, Sutton held on to third thereafter, ahead of Moffat and Team BMW’s Rob Collard in fifth. Turkington made contact with the back of Moffat with just three laps to go and the Northern Irishman then dropped down the order with problems on his car, eventually finishing down in 29th place.

Motorbase Performance’s Mat Jackson took sixth, ahead of the second factory Honda of Gordon Shedden in seventh and Maximum Motorsport’s Josh Cook in eighth.

Completing the top ten were Handy Motorsport’s Rob Austin and Team HARD’s Jake Hill, the duo having been scrapping hard in the closing laps.

Jason Plato took his second points finish of the season with 12th and therefore doubled his points tally.

After the lap one contact with Goff, Ingram had struggled to recover and was in 29th position when on lap 13 the right-rear suspension on his Toyota gave in, likely as a result of the contact from Goff at the start of the race.

Ingram’s retirement means his points lead is slashed to just eight points ahead of Shedden, whilst Collard moves into third overall in the standings on 114 points.

The second race of the day takes place at 14:52 BST.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME/GAP BEST GD
1 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 15 21:57.078 1:26.998 2
2 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 0.284 1:26.811 1
3 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 11.987 1:26.969 6
4 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 17.642 1:27.307 3
5 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 15 18.750 1:27.494 9
6 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 15 19.325 1:27.348 7
7 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 20.259 1:27.229 5
8 66 Josh COOK Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 15 20.561 1:27.510 8
9 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 15 21.469 1:27.561 14
10 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 15 22.046 1:27.625 10
11 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 15 25.005 1:27.644 13
12 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 26.141 1:27.231 17
13 55 Jeff SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 27.315 1:27.585 18
14 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with CobraExhausts Audi S3 15 27.452 1:27.561 22
15 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 27.951 1:27.769 16
16 40 M Árón SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 15 28.271 1:27.712 25
17 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 15 28.856 1:27.775 23
18 300 Luke DAVENPORT Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 15 29.057 1:27.848 24
19 2 M Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 31.032 1:28.101 30
20 23 M Daniel LLOYD MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 15 31.493 1:28.086 26
21 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 32.640 1:28.462 12
22 28 M Josh PRICE BMR Racing Academy Subaru Levorg GT 15 34.783 1:28.105 31
23 20 M James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 35.365 1:27.473 21
24 17 David NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 15 35.530 1:28.459 28
25 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 15 44.478 1:28.306 27
26 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 15 45.087 1:28.641 32
27 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with CobraExhausts Audi S3 15 45.912 1:27.830 19
28 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 48.900 1:27.463 20
29 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 15 52.479 1:27.225 4
30 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 12 3 Laps 1:28.241 29
R 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 11 4 Laps 1:27.773 11
R 303 M Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 0 00.000 15

Complete race results