Andrew Jordan capitalises on Sam Tordoff’s mistake to win Thruxton race one

Andrew Jordan capitalises on Sam Tordoff’s mistake to win Thruxton race one

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BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan bounced back from a disastrous Donington Park round to take victory in the opening race of the British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton, capitalising on a slight error by polesitter Sam Tordoff.

Jordan, whose massive shunt in race one at Donington Park ruled him out of the remaining races, started third on the grid for the opening encounter and immediately jumped Dan Cammish with the benefit of the rear-wheel drive launch.

The 2013 champion then followed Tordoff, who appeared to be controlling the pace, until the 13th tour when he had to correct a small slide and lost momentum at Church corner, allowing Jordan to breeze around the outside into the final chicane.

Tordoff then fell back into the clutches of Cammish in the final few laps, fending him off on the final lap on the run to the chicane as Cammish tried to repeat Jordan’s move.

Reigning champion Colin Turkington ran a seemingly cautious race to come home fourth as the first runner with success ballast, with Tordoff’s team-mate Rory Butcher completing the top five.

Jason Plato’s Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra was two seconds back in sixth position with Matt Neal in seventh after a tight battle with Ash Sutton, who clipped the rear of Neal’s Honda on lap nine.

Rob Collard also found his way past championship leader Sutton’s Subaru, who struggled on maximum ballast to finish ninth, with Jake Hill rounding out the top ten in his Audi S3.

BTC Racing’s Josh Cook was 11th, with Donington winner Tom Ingram behind him after a relatively quiet race for the 2018 runner-up.

Stephen Jelley put in an impressive performance in his BMW 125i M Sport to come home 13th, ahead of Chris Smiley and Matt Simpson.

The third Team BMW machine of Tom Oliphant struggled in 23rd after receiving a drive-through penalty for a false start.

The second race of the day at Thruxton is scheduled to get underway at 14:35 BST.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 16 20:42.432 1:16.634 3
2 600 I Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 16 1.339 1:16.703 1
3 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 1.690 1:16.593 2
4 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 16 2.267 1:16.712 4
5 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 16 3.574 1:16.833 5
6 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 5.595 1:16.890 6
7 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 6.933 1:17.057 8
8 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 8.308 1:17.166 9
9 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 16 10.584 1:17.188 7
10 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 16 13.181 1:17.361 14
11 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 13.672 1:17.112 11
12 80 M Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 16 14.243 1:17.508 15
13 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 16 18.387 1:17.560 13
14 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 18.914 1:17.806 12
15 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 20.981 1:17.738 17
16 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 16 21.324 1:17.784 19
17 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 21.842 1:17.884 18
18 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 16 22.192 1:17.745 22
19 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 22.732 1:17.383 21
20 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 23.527 1:17.796 16
21 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 16 24.302 1:17.678 23
22 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 16 25.186 1:17.373 20
23 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 16 27.494 1:17.327 10
24 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 16 37.493 1:18.256 24
25 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 16 41.175 1:18.595 26
26 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 16 45.665 1:18.797 27
27 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 16 51.906 1:19.151 30
28 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 16 52.188 1:19.215 28
29 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 16 59.277 1:19.209 29
30 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 14 + 2 LAPS 1:18.192 25