Sam Tordoff fends off pressure from Tom Chilton for Motorbase 1-2

Sam Tordoff fends off pressure from Tom Chilton for Motorbase 1-2

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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).

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
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
Points deficit chart
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