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Jordan fends off Morgan to win Race 3

Andrew Jordan took a lights-to-flag victory in the final race of the day at Rockingham Motor Speedway. The BMW driver had to fend off attention from both Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff early on, and race-long attention from Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan. Just as Sutton did in the previous race, Jordan had to contend with a safety car interruption, after Rob Collard and Jack Goff came together, when Collard tried to close the door on Goff, before being fully ahead. Goff stood his ground which caused Collard to turn into the Barrier and spin across the road, beaching in the gravel. Jordan got the restart perfectly right, gapping the chasing Mercedes of Adam Morgan far enough to ensure he could stay ahead at Dean Hairpin, which was essential as the Pirtek driver admitted in the post race interview that he was weaker on the brakes than the Mercedes, so he needed to gap the Mercedes to cover that issue.

Both Jordan and Morgan will be over the moon with this result. For Andrew Jordan, is not only the BMW’s first victory since Oulton Park, it is his first podium since the visit to Chesire at the end of May. For Morgan, it rounds off a fantastic weekend’s points haul for the Mercedes, scoring an 8th in Race 1, a 6th in Race 2 and the 2nd place in this round. The last race meeting that the Ciceley Motorsport driver scored that well was Thruxton at the start of May. While Jordan has had some strong results in the meetings since then, Morgan has finished in the top 10 once since Thruxton, and that was last time out at Knockhill. Since Thruxton, Morgan has had a terrible run of luck, which in the post race interview after race three, he told ITV’s Louise Goodman “That’s Motorsport sometimes”.

Morgan’s Poor Luck Since Thruxton:

Oulton Park

  • Race 1 – DNF after unavoidable contact with Ant Whorton-Eales
  • Race 2 – DNS after Car Caught Fire on the Green Flag Lap.
  • Race 3 – DNS

Croft

  • Race 1 ¬†– DNF
  • Race 2 – 15th Place
  • Race 3 – 12th Place

Snetterton

  • Race 1 – DNF after qualfying 6th
  • Race 2 – 19th Place
  • Race 3 – DNF

Knockhill

  • Race 1 – 8th Place
  • Race 2 – DNF
  • Race 3 – 17th Place

After all of that, that Second place, and the strong weekend as a whole has been a blessing for the Ciceley Team.

There was a decent amount of action in the remainder of the field. Impressive displays were affluent in race 3. Senna Proctor took the Jack Sears Trophy for Round 24, with an impressive 7th place finish, equaling his best finish of the season, which he scored in Round 19 at Knockhill. The BTC Norlin Chevrolet duo of Chris Smiley and Dave Newsham finished 9th and 10th respectively, which shows the progression the team has made in their debut year. Follwing them was Ollie Jackson, second highest of the rookies. Jackson split two duos of notable drives, being followed home by the Halfords Yuasa team of triple champions, Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal (12th and 13th respectively). This result may not look impressive on paper, but it is considering the they started from 30th (Shedden) and 28th (Neal). Both drivers showing the class and skill that have them both 3 time BTCC champions each.

The only other notable incident was the case of Stephen Jelley’s missing rear left wheel. It is put this way as the ITV4 coverage was following the race as it normally would, however it cut to a shot of Jelley pulling off the track with a left rear wheel completely missing. A replay a few moments later would reveal the culprit, contact made with Josh Cook that broke the rear wheel completely off of the Team Parker Focus.

Ashley Sutton comes out of the weekend with the biggest gains though, as he came into the weekend in second place in the championship, and leaves the Northamptonshire circuit 12 points clear of nearest challenger, Team BMW’s Colin Turkington. With only 6 races left to go, it is looking like a two horse race to the finish, with the next protagonist to the championship being Gordon Shedden, who after a miserable weekend, finds himself 55 points off of the championship lead.

Classification for Round 24 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship:

  1. Andrew Jordan – BMW Pirtek Racing (17 Laps – 24.59.347)
  2. Adam Morgan – Ciceley Motorsport (+1.724)
  3. Jason Plato – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing (+2.025)
  4. Jack Goff – Eurotech Racing (+5.214)
  5. Ashley Sutton – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing (+5.561)
  6. Colin Turkington – Team BMW (+5.908)
  7. Senna Proctor (R) – Power Maxed Racing (+6.506)
  8. Tom Ingram (H) – Speedworks Motorsport (+6.786)
  9. Chris Smiley – BTC Norlin Racing (+7.331)
  10. Dave Newsham РBTC Norlin Racing (+7.775)
  11. Ollie Jackson (H) – AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts (+9.328)
  12. Gordon Shedden – Halfords Yuasa Racing (+9.621)
  13. Matt Neal (H) – Halfords Yuasa Racing (+9.874)
  14. Rory Butcher (R) – Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo (+10.285)
  15. Mat Jackson (H) – Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo (+10.643)
  16. Jake Hill – TAG Racing (+10.980)
  17. Aiden Moffat – Laser Tools Racing (+11.477)
  18. Matt Simpson – Simpson Racing (+11.836)
  19. Mike Epps – Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing (+12.151)
  20. Aron Taylor-Smith – MG Racing RCIB Insurance (+12.414)
  21. Brett Smith (R) – Eurotech Racing (+14.412)
  22. Stewart Lines – Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport (+14.888)
  23. Martin Depper – Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo (+1 Lap)
  24. Tom Chilton – Power Maxed Racing (+2 Laps)
  25. Rob Austin (H) – Handy Motorsport (+3 Laps)
  26. Robert Collard – Team BMW (+5 Laps)
  27. Josh Cook (H) – MG Racing RCIB Insurance (+5 Laps)
  28. Stephen Jelley – Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport (+8 Laps)
  29. Josh Price (R) – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing (+14 Laps)
  30. James Cole – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing (+15 Laps)
  31. Ant Whorton-Eales (R) – AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts (+16 Laps)
  32. Will Burns (R) – Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing (+16 Laps)

Championship Standings Top 10:

  1. Ashley Sutton – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing – 312 Points
  2. Colin Turkington – Team BMW – 300 Points (-12)
  3. Gordon Shedden – Halfords Yuasa Racing – 257 Points (-55)
  4. Robert Collard – Team BMW – 256 Points (-56)
  5. Tom Ingram – Speedworks Motorsport – 219 Points (-93)
  6. Andrew Jordan – Pirtek BMW Racing – 192 Points (-120)
  7. Matt Neal – Halfords Yuasa Racing – 187 Points (-125)
  8. Mat Jackson – Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo – 169 Points (-143)
  9. Jack Goff – Eurotech Racing – 169 Points (-143)
  10. Jason Plato – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing – 145 Points (-167)
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