Tordoff Takes Rockingham Race Two From 10th On the Grid


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Sam Tordoff completed a remarkable recovery by winning the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Rockingham from 10th on the grid.

Having started the day 27th on the grid after a Saturday to forget, the West Surrey Racing driver extended his championship lead with a spirited charge through the field in the second 16-lap race of the day in Corby.

Mat Jackson lead for much of the race having grabbed the race lead with a well-judged attack on pole-sitter Gordon Shedden at Deene hairpin on the second lap, Andrew Jordan making it a Motorbase Performance one-two a lap later.

Having started 10th on the grid, Tordoff was fourth by the time the field reached lap three, moving past Shedden’s Honda Civic Type-R at Chapman Curve before chasing after the Ford Focus ST duo.

Disposing Jordan’s Pirtek entry at the final chicane around the outside under braking, lap nine saw Tordoff lunge up the inside of Jackson’s similar machine at the same bend to grab a lead he would never lose.

A second victory of the season was the reward for the Leeds racer, Jordan snatching second at Deene on lap 12 from his team-mate before Rob Collard made it two WSR men on the podium after a similarly superb fightback from 14th on the grid.

Jackson finished fourth ahead of Ashley SuttonMatt Neal sealing a battling sixth after a bold move around the outside of Aiden Moffat at Pif Paf and Gracelands. Aron Smith inherited seventh ahead of the Mercedes duo of Adam Morgan and Moffat, race one winner Shedden clinging on to 10th place despite Ollie Jackson‘s spirited efforts.

It was a race to forget for the Silverline Subaru BMR Racing team however. Jason Plato retired after a first-lap collision with Josh Cook‘s MG6 in a squeeze at Deene hairpin, while Colin Turkington fought back to 15th for a solitary point after a lurid spin at the banked opening corner, following contact with Dave Newsham.

Dan Welch failed to start the race in the Proton Gen-2, Jack Goff an innocent party in the incident that occurred on lap one at Deene hairpin.