Andrew Jordan secures fourth win of season in race one at Croft

Andrew Jordan secures fourth win of season in race one at Croft

Croft BTCC race one start
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BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan secured a lights-to-flag win in the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Croft, leading BTC Racing’s Chris Smiley and Motorbase’s Tom Chilton.

Jordan controlled the race from pole position, twice opening up a margin of just under two seconds over the chasing Honda of Smiley as a mid-race safety car period wiped out his initial lead.

After a cautious opening few laps for the field on a dry circuit with sodden margins, the safety car was then called for on lap seven when Rob Collard went off on mud on the circuit at Sunny Out and hit the tyres, his Vauxhall ending up stranded in the mud.

The safety car was out for five laps before racing resumed, although Motorbase’s Ollie Jackson went off at Turn 1 under the neutralised conditions, dropping him out of what was then eighth place.

Jackson had clipped a tyre stack three laps earlier and damaged the front-left of his car, subsequently being passed by the Subaru of Ash Sutton, with the damage possibly contributing to his off.

Racing resumed on lap 13 and Jordan immediately opened up a comfortable two second margin, whilst Smiley had to hold off a challenge from Chilton for second. In the end Chilton was unable to attempt a serious attempt to pass and had to settle for the final podium place.

BMW’s Colin Turkington was fourth, despite an attempt from his team-mate Tom Oliphant for the position as the safety car came out. Oliphant gave the place back and settled for fifth.

Honda’s Dan Cammish was sixth, having got past Sutton on the opening lap, with the Subaru driver having to settle for seventh.

Power Maxed Racing’s Jason Plato took eighth, whilst the top ten was completed by the second BTC Honda of Josh Cook and Honda’s Matt Neal, who passed both Jake Hill and Tom Ingram on successive laps at Sunny In in the closing stages of the race.

Ingram brought his Toyota home in 11th after making progress from 15th on the grid, ahead of Hill’s Audi in 12th.

The penultimate lap of the race saw Team HARD’s Michael Crees go off at the Complex, going backwards into the tyre barriers and dropping out of 24th.

From the back of the grid, AmD’s Rory Butcher took 18th with full ballast and the less-favourable tyre, giving the Scot a reasonable chance of points in race two.

Butcher’s team-mate Sam Tordoff had been batting for the last of the points positions in 15th, but the Honda driver went off the circuit on lap 15 and finished as the last runner on the lead lap in 23rd.

Both Matt Simpson and Nic Hamilton were running at the chequered flag, albeit several laps down after visits to the pitlane, the former being shown a black and orange flag for damage to his front-left corner.

Exceler8 Motorsport’s Sam Osborne also failed to finish, the MG driver spinning off early in the race before returning to the pits.

Race two is scheduled to get underway at 14:40 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 18 29:13.613 1:22.194 1
2 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 1.835 1:22.598 2
3 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 18 2.685 1:22.543 3
4 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 18 3.259 1:22.569 4
5 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 18 3.472 1:22.499 5
6 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 4.405 1:22.583 7
7 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 18 4.736 1:22.481 6
8 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 18 6.150 1:22.831 10
9 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 10.751 1:22.948 12
10 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 12.561 1:22.860 13
11 80 M Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 18 15.460 1:23.531 15
12 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 18 16.361 1:23.491 9
13 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 18 17.004 1:23.077 18
14 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 17.593 1:23.703 17
15 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 18 18.161 1:23.602 11
16 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 18.814 1:23.569 28
17 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 18 19.449 1:23.760 20
18 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 18 19.841 1:23.658 29
19 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 18 20.581 1:23.578 21
20 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 18 22.955 1:24.333 14
21 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 18 29.810 1:24.863 27
22 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 18 31.263 1:25.466 25
23 600 I Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 18 1:27.812 1:23.701 26
R 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 16 DNF 1:24.731 22
NC 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 16 NCF 1:24.815 30
NC 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 NCF 1:23.899 19
R 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 10 DNF 1:27.087 23
R 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 8 DNF 1:24.881 8
R 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 7 DNF 1:25.396 24
R 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 6 DNF 1:25.530 16