Sam Tordoff controls opening Thruxton race to convert pole to victory

Sam Tordoff controls opening Thruxton race to convert pole to victory

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AmD Tuning’s Sam Tordoff took a well-managed victory from pole position in the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Thruxton, controlling the gap to Dan Cammish.

Polesitter Tordoff was under immediate pressure from fellow front-row starter Jason Plato, who would then receive a drive-through penalty for being out of position on the starting grid which dropped him out of contention.

That meant Cammish inherited second position but spent the majority of the race defending from Adam Morgan, who made a welcome return to the podium in his Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes A-Class.

He, in turn, was under pressure from Josh Cook’s BTC Racing Honda Civic that ultimately placed fourth with Tom Oliphant the fastest of the rear-wheel drive runners to complete the top five, albeit nearly two seconds back.

Plato’s Power Maxed Racing team-mate Rob Collard was sixth, spending most of the opening encounter in splendid isolation, ahead of the Honda duo of Rory Butcher and Matt Neal.

Butcher held on after earlier contact at the final chicane when Chris Smiley tagged the back of the older shape FK2 Civic, before the pair both cut the chicane and resumed.

Team BMR’s Ash Sutton would eventually get past Smiley for ninth with the Northern Irishman rounding out the top ten.

Snetterton race winner Tom Ingram was 11th, ahead of the two BMW 3 Series’ of Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington, who both struggled with the championship ballast of being the top two in the series.

In 14th position was Bobby Thompson, who put in an impressive performance to score points in the Team HARD Volkswagen after he suffers with food poisoning this weekend.

Another driver under the weather is Ollie Jackson, who managed to bring home a point in his Motorbase Performance Ford Focus RS.

Plato would eventually recover to 17th position behind Jake Hill following his drive-through penalty.

The second British Touring Car Championship race at Thruxton is set to get underway at 14:35 BST.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 600 I Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 16 20:55.872 1:17.345 1
2 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 0.403 1:17.464 3
3 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 0.714 1:17.399 4
4 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 1.208 1:17.584 5
5 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 16 3.189 1:17.640 7
6 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 4.660 1:17.626 10
7 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 16 8.923 1:17.926 6
8 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 10.562 1:17.811 17
9 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 16 10.863 1:17.651 12
10 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 11.446 1:17.791 9
11 80 M Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 16 12.883 1:17.926 8
12 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 16 13.422 1:17.880 13
13 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 16 15.118 1:17.954 11
14 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 16 17.272 1:18.133 15
15 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 16 18.034 1:18.307 14
16 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 16 19.126 1:18.320 20
17 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 16 22.321 1:17.925 2
18 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 16 25.134 1:18.553 25
19 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 16 25.337 1:18.582 23
20 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 25.837 1:18.494 21
21 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 27.670 1:18.518 22
22 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 16 29.823 1:17.769 16
23 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 16 38.288 1:19.375 27
24 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 16 38.454 1:18.347 19
25 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 16 39.463 1:18.964 28
26 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 16 41.643 1:19.840 24
27 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 16 46.446 1:19.750 26
28 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 16 48.601 1:20.016 30
29 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 16 1:04.720 1:18.266 18
30 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 15 + 1 LAP 1:19.786 29
BTCC points deficit after Round 19
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