Jordan Retains Lead In Independents Title Fight

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Andrew Jordan still leads the fight for the 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Independents title despite his rival Rob Collard taking a big chunk out of his lead at Silverstone.

While Jordan struggled in the Pirtek Racing Honda Civic – suffering from the same boost imbalance as the works Yuasa cars – Collard finished fourth, second and third to haul him in in the eBay Motors BMW.

The weekend started with Jordan qualifying in 11th – a result the youngster was expecting – before things got much worse in race one.

“With a tow we might have just snuck into the top 10,” he said about qualifying. “That was probably better than I thought it would be. We went into race day just planning to drive around and get points.

“I got turned round by Andy Neate on the second lap and sent straight into the gravel. He admitted it was his fault but it was a really bad start to our weekend.”

Neate was later find £500 and awarded penalty points for the incident, and Jordan was set the task of clawing back as many points as possible after Collard had finished race one in fourth.

“In race two, I started from the back and got through to ninth,” he explained. “I was surprised by that because after the first couple of laps, Matt and I were running in about 16th and 17th and I couldn’t see us making any progress.

“But I got past Matt and a few of the others slowed themselves up a bit and I got up to ninth at the last corner.” 

Collard was second in that race, and picked up another podium in race three – one which had started with Jordan running second early on, before the power difference came in to play.

“Nick Foster got a good start in the BMW and got away and I ran second,” he explained. “But then they just started picking me off. It felt like I was in a Clio Cup car down the straight. They just drove past me before Copse as they were able to pull alongside out of  Woodcote.

“I put up as much of a fight as I could, but it was such a losing battle. I ended up seventh, which was about all we could hope for.”

Regarding the fight for the Independents crown, Jordan was philosophical – despite his ill-feeling towards his race one nemesis.

“I’ve still got a 28-point lead in the Independents’ Trophy over Rob Collard heading to Brands for the final event,” he mused. “If we hadn’t been taken out by Neate it would have been okay.”

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