Motorbase Performance’s Sam Tordoff took victory in race one of the British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone, after holding off race-long pressure from Tom Chilton.
Team BMW’s Ricky Collard secured an impressive podium in only his third weekend of the BTCC, after he inherited third position as teammate Andrew Jordan’s Pirtek BMW slowed at Luffield on lap 12.
Collard got off to a fast start from the front row but Tordoff managed to come across on the run into Copse on lap one, forcing Collard wide and the 22-year-old dropped to fifth before progressing to the podium later on.
On lap four HMS Racing’s Rob Austin was speared across the inside at Becketts, collecting the unsuspecting Honda of Matt Neal and necessitating a safety car.
Tordoff nailed the restart on lap seven, and built a gap between him and fellow Motorbase racer Chilton.
Midway through the race that gap reduced and Chilton piled on the pressure, with no team orders meaning both Ford Focus RS’ were free to race.
Chilton came closest on the final corner of the final lap, but ultimately Tordoff held on to become the record-breaking 15th different winner of the season, with Collard joining the pair on the podium.
Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff came home fourth after defending from Matt Simpson’s fellow Honda Civic Type R in the final laps, ahead of Adam Morgan in sixth.
Team HARD’s Mike Bushell progressed from 15th on the grid to seventh, ahead of championship leader Colin Turkington who gained ten places from his grid slot in the second-best BMW.
In ninth position was the Cicley Motorsport Mercedes of Tom Oliphant who continued his form at the 1.6-mile national layout, with Dan Cammish rounding out the top ten in his Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda.
Reigning champion Ash Sutton also made significant progress from 25th through to 11th in his Subaru, while Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram scored one point in 15th on the harder Dunlop option tyre.
Race two gets underway at 14:40 BST (15:40 CEST).
|1||600||Sam TORDOFF||Team GardX Racing with Motorbase||Ford Focus RS||25||26:02.037||58.811||1|
|2||3||Tom CHILTON||Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher||Ford Focus RS||25||0.468||58.781||3|
|3||55||M||Ricky COLLARD||Team BMW||BMW 125i M Sport||25||3.967||58.890||2|
|4||31||Jack GOFF||WIX Racing with Eurotech||Honda Civic Type R||25||6.018||59.073||4|
|5||303||Matt SIMPSON||Simpson Racing||Honda Civic Type R||25||6.193||59.041||7|
|6||33||Adam MORGAN||MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||25||6.484||59.011||9|
|7||21||Mike BUSHELL||Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing||Volkswagen CC||25||10.987||59.261||15|
|8||2||M||Colin TURKINGTON||Team BMW||BMW 125i M Sport||25||11.415||59.227||18|
|9||15||Tom OLIPHANT||Ciceley Motorsport||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||25||11.942||59.218||12|
|10||27||M||Dan CAMMISH||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type R||25||13.416||59.138||11|
|11||1||M||Ashley SUTTON||Adrian Flux Subaru Racing||Subaru Levorg GT||25||14.185||59.331||25|
|12||6||Rory BUTCHER||AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing||MG 6||25||14.751||59.407||24|
|13||39||Brett SMITH||WIX Racing with Eurotech||Honda Civic Type R||25||16.327||59.493||10|
|14||16||Aiden MOFFAT||Laser Tools Racing||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||25||20.329||59.766||8|
|15||80||Tom INGRAM||Speedworks Motorsport||Toyota Avensis||25||20.551||59.806||19|
|16||26||Daniel LLOYD||BTC Norlin Racing||Honda Civic Type R||25||21.975||59.439||16|
|17||48||Ollie JACKSON||AmD with Cobra Exhausts||Audi S3||25||22.405||59.748||23|
|18||18||M||Senna PROCTOR||Power Maxed TAG Racing||Vauxhall Astra||25||23.021||59.748||21|
|19||19||Bobby THOMPSON||Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars||Volkswagen CC||25||23.516||59.586||27|
|20||43||Ollie PIDGLEY||Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing||Volkswagen CC||25||25.516||59.821||29|
|21||20||James COLE||Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher||Ford Focus RS||25||26.102||59.551||17|
|22||23||Sam SMELT||AmD with Cobra Exhausts||Audi S3||25||27.724||59.810||28|
|23||54||Josh CAYGILL||AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing||MG 6||25||33.566||1:00.335||30|
|24||32||Ethan HAMMERTON||Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars||Volkswagen CC||25||43.517||1:00.505||31|
|25||22||Chris SMILEY||BTC Norlin Racing||Honda Civic Type R||24||1 Lap||59.293||20|
|26||11||Rob AUSTIN||DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing||Alfa Romeo Giulietta||24||1 Lap||59.238||13|
|R||77||M||Andrew JORDAN||BMW Pirtek Racing||BMW 125i M Sport||16||DNF||58.991||5|
|R||99||M||Jason PLATO||Adrian Flux Subaru Racing||Subaru Levorg GT||15||DNF||59.749||26|
|R||60||Stephen JELLEY||Team Parker Racing||BMW 125i M Sport||12||DNF||59.663||22|
|R||66||M||Josh COOK||Power Maxed TAG Racing||Vauxhall Astra||2||DNF||1:00.962||14|
|R||25||M||Matt NEAL||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type R||2||DNF||1:06.726||6|