Andrew Jordan Fights To Race Two Victory At Silverstone


Andrew Jordan claimed his second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship victory of the season in the second race of the day at Silverstone.

The Motorbase Performance driver started from the front row of the grid for the second 25-lap encounter in Northamptonshire, making his decisive move for the lead stick on Tom Ingram on lap eight.

A fairly harmonious start saw the top three of Ingram, Jordan and Rob Austin stay in formation when the lights went out, Jordan tracking the Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis in the opening laps.

The man on the move was soon Adam Morgan, hanging on outside of Austin’s Avensis at Brooklands on lap five to lunge inside at Luffield and grab third spot from the Handy Motorsport driver.

Jake Hill swiftly followed to put his Team HARD Avensis fourth two laps later, but the action ahead of him was soon the talking point, as Jordan made a decisive lunge stick on lap eight at Becketts under braking.

Morgan joined in the battle, swiftly disposing Ingram at Luffield two corners later on the harder Dunlop tyre compound, Jordan and Ingram running the softer option.

Colin Turkington and Jason Plato began making their way up the order, the Silverline Subaru Team BMR duo briefly coming into contact at Luffield as they climbed to fourth and fifth from eighth and 10th on the grid respectively.

Ingram proved tougher for the pair to break down in third, holding his position before the safety car emerged to remove debris scattered on the circuit following a tyre explosion for Jeff Smith‘s Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type-R.

Try as he might on the restart, Morgan could not deny Jordan a second victory of the season as Motorbase claimed their sixth win of 2016 by 0.8s

Morgan and Ingram rounded out the podium, Turkington next up ahead of team-mate Plato in the second Subaru Levorg. Mat Jackson was one of the big movers in the race meanwhile, rising from 17th on the grid to sixth by the flag in the second Motorbase Ford Focus ST.

Rob Collard made further gains on the championship lead with seventh place, Gordon Shedden enjoying a remarkable recovery from 23rd to eighth for Halfords Yuasa Racing, ahead of Aiden Moffat (Mercedes) and Hunter Abbott (Chevrolet) rounding out the top 10.

Sam Tordoff extended his championship lead to 14 points over Matt Neal meanwhile, the latter only able to finish 17th while Tordoff came across the line 11th.

Punctures removed Hill, Austin and Aron Smith from the top 10 in the opening half of the race, while Ashley Sutton headed to the pits with a problem also.