Andrew Jordan doubles up, leading BMW 1-2 in Croft race two

Andrew Jordan doubles up, leading BMW 1-2 in Croft race two

Andrew Jordan
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Andrew Jordan led BMW team-mate Colin Turkington in the second British Touring Car Championship race at Croft, securing his second win of the weekend to launch him up to fourth in the drivers’ standings.

The BMW Pirtek Racing driver once again made a strong start from pole position, leading from the off in the second race under sunny skies.

Jordan’s charge was aided by the BTC Racing Honda of Chris Smiley, who acted as a cork in the bottle to hold up the rest of the field and allow Jordan to open up a lead of over a second by the end of the first lap.

Turkington had got past Motorbase’s Tom Chilton at the start, and as team-mate Tom Oliphant attempted to also get through the two made contact, unsettling the BMW. Oliphant then got off line and spun at the chicane, dropping him to the back of the field.

Turkington pressured Smiley incessantly in the opening laps, taking until lap five to get past his fellow Northern Irishman as he began to come under pressure from the Honda of Dan Cammish.

By that stage, Jordan had opened up a lead of over four seconds, and despite closing the gap to just over a second, Turkington was unable to come close to challenging his team-mate.

The podium was completed by Cammish, who had got past Smiley on lap eight at Tower, as the BTC driver slipped down the order after being unable to keep pace with the front runners.

Matt Neal followed his Honda team-mate home in fourth, completing a strong drive from tenth on the grid after passing several drivers at sunny In once again.

Subaru’s Ash Sutton was fifth, but the BMR driver was involved in a controversial incident with Smiley on the last lap of the race which saw Smiley pitched off the circuit and down to 27th after contact between the pair.

Power Maxed Racing’s Jason Plato scored his eighth top ten finish in a row in sixth, ahead of the Toyota of Tom Ingram in seventh, and the lead BTC Honda of Josh Cook in eighth, who slips to third in the drivers’ standing as a result.

The top ten was completed by Chilton, who lost several places three laps from the end, and Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan continued his comeback through the field after a poor qualifying and took 11th, defending hard from the BMW 125i of Stephen Jelley late in the race.

The reverse grid for the final race of the day will see Chilton start from pole after the top nine were reversed, with Cook alongside on the front row.

Race three is scheduled to get underway at 17:05 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 15 20:47.475 1:22.584 1
2 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 15 1.100 1:22.063 4
3 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 11.543 1:22.868 6
4 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 12.731 1:22.760 10
5 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 15 20.209 1:22.939 7
6 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 20.753 1:22.996 8
7 80 M Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 15 21.723 1:23.250 11
8 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 22.119 1:22.741 9
9 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 22.401 1:23.047 3
10 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 25.643 1:23.581 14
11 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 26.297 1:23.401 16
12 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 15 26.506 1:22.868 13
13 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 15 26.965 1:22.989 15
14 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 15 27.307 1:23.128 18
15 600 I Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 15 31.083 1:23.632 23
16 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 15 34.475 1:23.715 17
17 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 35.987 1:23.737 26
18 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 15 36.292 1:22.950 5
19 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 36.473 1:23.194 30
20 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 37.505 1:23.039 28
21 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 38.335 1:23.843 20
22 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 15 38.876 1:24.067 19
23 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 15 40.586 1:24.026 29
24 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 15 44.381 1:24.333 22
25 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 15 53.676 1:24.907 25
26 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 15 1:15.815 1:23.751 21
27 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 1:19.807 1:23.287 2
28 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 14 + 1 LAP 1:25.346 24
R 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 2 DNF 1:24.716 12
R 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 0 DNF N/A 27