Jordan hangs on to win race two at Thruxton

Andrew Jordan came home to win his second race of the day at Thruxton and third race of the season with a lights to flag victory.

The BMW Pirtek Racing driver led from pole whilst his West Surrey Racing teammate Colin Turkington moved up to second from fourth on the grid after a great start. Sam Tordoff dropped back to third with Dan Cammish slotting in behind Tordoff into fourth.

Meanwhile, further down the field Chris Smiley and Ollie Jackson came together at the final chicane dropping both drivers down the order with Jackson eventually retiring from the race.

Ollie Jackson hasn’t had the best of starts to 2019 so far

Cammish was applying pressure to third-placed Tordoff and tried to go around the outside of the Yorkshireman going into the final chicane, but contact between the pair forced both drivers to take the escape road with Cammish coming out ahead.

Tordoff was soon to be overtaken by Jason Plato as well with the latter getting a good run coming out of the final chicane, moving up the inside of the AmD Tuning driver going into turn one. Matt Neal also followed Plato through dropping Tordoff to sixth.

As the race entered two-thirds distance, it started drizzling forcing many drivers to slow down and concentrate on just bringing their cars home.

Jordan came through to win, followed very closely by teammate Turkington. Cammish secured another third-place finish.

“That was tricky with the weight on-board,” said Jordan. “It was good I had Colin (Turkington) behind, so I could really drive to a pace. Then it started drizzling and I was just saying ‘please hold off!’. I felt like the guinea pig and there were some big flies about and a bit of oil making it a bit difficult to see.

“I don’t think I’ve ever done a race one and two double. We’re on form. We’re a good team with a good car and good drivers. We came out of the blocks really well and the car felt similar here.”

Turkington, who was celebrating his 400th race in the BTCC said, “It’s much easier when you know who’s in front and what they’re doing and what they’re going to do. That was my 400th race as well so it’s nice to sound that out with a podium as well as the BMW one-two.

“We improved things for that race. It looks easy out front but it’s not. The pressure’s on. It’s been great work from everybody between here and Donington Park.”

Third-placed Cammish told the BTCC website, “I’m just trying to be a little bit careful at the moment. I got pinged for track limits which saw me on a final warning and I didn’t want to fall foul of it. You can’t beat physics!

“I’m trying my best, I really am. The BMWs are so strong off the line but I’m really happy with third. This weekend’s been such an improvement on the first two this season.”

Plato was fourth with Neal fifth and Tordoff coming home a respectable sixth with teammate Rory Butcher closely behind in seventh.

Plato’s fourth place finish is the best result of 2019 for him so far

Eighth was Tom Ingram whilst Rob Collard and Josh Cook rounded out the top-10.

Ashley Sutton will start the third and final race of the day from pole position later on today.

By Jordan Hollands

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