Andrew Jordan wins Thruxton BTCC opener

BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan capitalised on a mistake from Sam Tordoff to win round seven of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton.

It was going so well for Tordoff who had a great start from pole and was leading comfortably until a battery failure affected his power steering a few laps from the end.

The Yorkshireman ran wide going through Church losing a load of momentum, allowing Jordan to sail through and take the race lead.

“It was a credit to BMW and WSR because the car was in a sorry state as we all know after Donington Park,” said Jordan. “That’s how we do it! I love Thruxton, WSR and this new BMW 3 Series.

“I could see Sam (Tordoff) was struggling with his tyres a bit, as was I, so I was a bit cautious in the chase. I saw he had a bit of a moment through Church and that was that. I had to try and get clear of him then get back in line to brake for the chicane.

“It was then just about keeping it clean, making no mistakes and thinking about spraying some champagne. The aim here’s to be top points-scorer this weekend. What a comeback so far!”

“I was leading the race comfortably and minding my own business, then a warning light for the battery came on,” said Tordoff. “I turned off my fan and lights and then the warning came back and impacted the power steering. That was our win for the taking. I will take second, we’re fast, so I’ll go again.”

Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish collected his first podium finish of 2019 finishing third having been overtaken by Jordan at the start. Cammish did try and grab second on the final lap but couldn’t find a way past Tordoff.

“The car’s somewhere in the window,” said Cammish. “We think it’s a bit smaller than we’d like at the moment and we pick up a bit of understeer. You need a good front end and commitment. Let’s go back to the drawing board and go from here. I’m happy to be spraying some champagne.”

Colin Turkington came home fourth and takes the Championship lead, one point ahead of Ashley Sutton.

Turkington’s fourth place finish lifted him to the top of the driver’s standings

Tordoff’s AmD Tuning teammate Rory Butcher came home fifth with Jason Plato just behind in sixth – his joint best finish of the season so far.

Matt Neal managed to squeeze past Sutton to finish seventh despite contact between the pair at the final chicane. Rob Collard also got past Sutton for eighth with Jake Hill rounding out the top-10.

Header image from BTCC

By Jordan Hollands.





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