Andrew Jordan trimmed championship leader Matt Neal‘s series lead to just four points after coming through an enthralling third and final BTCC race at Oulton Park last weekend for his second win of the 2013 season.
Jordan had survived an early scare in the day’s opening race that saw his Honda Civic venting an alarming amount of smoke in its wake, the problem later turning out to be a minor oil leak, although it did not slow him down as he fought to fourth place by overtaking the Speedworks Toyota of Dave Newsham at Lodge on lap eight.
After following it up with a fifth place in race two after being squeezed out in the early stages of the race at Druids by Neal’s works Yuasa Honda Civic, Jordan then fought his way through a melee of a third race, surviving contact with Colin Turkington‘s eBay Motors BMW along the way to eventually lie second behind his own Eurotech Racing team-mate, Jeff Smith.
However the team’s dream of a maiden 1-2 finish went array on lap 12 when Smith lost control of his car heading into Knickerbrook, Jordan the beneficiary as he sneaked through to take a comfortable second win of the season by 1.3s in a race that saw two of his other championship rivals fail to score, Jason Plato‘s MG retiring with a fire while reigning champion Gordon Shedden suffered a puncture.
“After race two I didn’t think the day was going too well, with a fourth and a fifth and the car’s handling wasn’t where we wanted it”, commented Jordan following his third race triumph. “I had to bide my time to some extent in the first few laps because it was all kicking off: I thought maybe a third was on the cards, I had to make quick progress and when I got on to someone I had to get buy them and keep the pace going.
“The car was really, really good and it was a shame we couldn’t get a one-two. Unfortunately Jeff lost the back into Knickerbrook and it went round. That was a great shame for him.” Jeff later resumed, but was well out of contention after a mighty performance.”
The win, coupled with Shedden and Plato’s failure to score in the final race mean that Jordan maintains second place in the championship heading to Croft on June 22-23, the Pirtek driver declaring himself satisfied to have come away with a ‘surprise’ victory to now lie just four points behind Neal, a further three ahead of Plato.
“From our point of view, Jason Plato and Gordon Shedden had bad ones in that last race, so it has been a good day. We’ve come out of it joint top points scorer and we’re right up there in the championship. I said before the first race that if we could come away with three top sixes, it would be okay, with the weight we had on. To get a win was a nice surprise. We’ve closed the gap to Matt Neal from 13 points to four!”