Andrew Jordan winning his second BTCC race of the season
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Andrew Jordan claimed his second race victory of the season in frantic first race at Oulton Park which saw both Tom Ingram and Colin Turkington fail to score. The 2013 beat pole man Matt Neal just two tenths of a second.
It was a lights to flag victory for the BMW Pirtek Racing driver after he got the best start from second on the grid and lead into turn 1. It was a relatively organised first lap until the Knickerbrook Chicane, when Jack Goff collided with point’s leader Tom Ingram, tipping him into a spin and dropping the Speedworks Racing driver down to 29th.
At the end of the first lap then the top five was Jordan leading with Neal second, Turkington fourth, Moffat fourth and Shedden fifth. However Moffat had other ideas and at the Island Hairpin he slid up the inside of Turkington for third.
Moffat was clearly slower than those behind him and defended expertly as Turkington failed to find a way past. A driver on the move was Subaru’s Ashley Sutton though who had made his way past Shedden for fifth and on lap 7 he took Turkington for fourth, as the BMW driver attempted a move on Moffat.
Behind though, Shedden was slipping further down the order as both Jackson and Collard made their way past the reigning champion for sixth and seventh respectively.
In front of this gaggle of cars Sutton was setting his sights on Moffat’s Mercedes and on lap 10 the Scotsman ran slightly wide at the Island Hairpin, allowing Sutton to get alongside. However Moffat defending robustly, which dropped Sutton back down behind Turkington.
This did not stay like this for long though as a fired up Sutton outbraked Turkington round the outside of the final bend, before sweeping past Moffat for third, going round the outside of Old Hall, a truly fantastic move.
It went from bad to worse though for Turkington who firstly outbraked himself and punted Moffat, before suffering issues and plummeting down the order, the double champion eventually finishing 29th. This allowed Jackson and Collard to move onto the back of Moffat with Collard sneaking past for fifth on the penultimate lap.
This is how the order stayed with Jordan and Neal 11.703 seconds clear of third placed Sutton with Moffat fourth and Collard fifth. Jackson came home sixth with Shedden, Cook, Austin and Hill rounding out the top 10.
Behind the top 10 Jason Plato finished in the points for the first time since the opening round of the season in twelfth.