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Jordan Extends Championship Lead With Sixth Win

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Andrew Jordan made it three wins from the last four races by adding reverse-grid race success to his earlier victory in the day at Rockingham, extending his newly-acquired championship lead.

Starting from the reverse-grid pole, the Pirtek Racing driver held on to win race three from lights-to-flag, eventually claiming the win by 3.1s over a fantastic battle for second place.

Jordan survived a wheel-spinning start to hold onto the top spot heading through Deene for the first time, keeping the fast-starting Sam Tordoff and Colin Turkington behind him as Tordoff moved ahead of the BMW man for second at Chapman’s.

The race was briefly slowed by the safety car for an incident at Gracelands once again, Jeff Smith getting into a big slide and forcing Jack Goff into one of his own, collecting the eBay Motors BMW of Rob Collard.

Jordan then held Tordoff at bay on the restart into Deene hairpin, before pulling away to a confident sixth win of the year in a memorable weekend for the reigning Independent champion.

Turkington spent the first half of the race defending from Jason Plato, before the Irishman edged away and began turning his focus onto Tordoff’s second place.

The eBay Motors BMW was into second spot by lap 13 after a sweetly-executed lunge into Deene hairpin, Plato also taking the place from his MG KX Momentum Racing team-mate at Tarzan.

Plato then pursued Turkington again in the dying laps, lunging inside at Deene on the final tour. Turkington stood firm and beautifully cut back to the inside on the exit, reclaiming the second spot on the podium.

Fourth went to Mat Jackson to wrap up a very encouraging weekend for the Airwaves Racing man, Gordon Shedden rounding out the top five after both bumped Tordoff down to sixth place.

Matt Neal recovered from 24th on the grid to salvage seventh on a disappointing weekend for the Honda Yuasa Racing driver, taking advantage of an incident between Dave Newsham and Rob Austin at the final chicane late in the race.

Jeff Smith recovered to the final place within the top 10, Nick Foster having been inside those placings before dropping back.

The superb weekend for Jordan sees him now lead the championship now by 30 points over Shedden, Turkington moving up to third ahead of Rockingham’s biggest loser in the table, Neal.

“It was a great day, more than we hoped for”, said Jordan. “I’m going to sleep well tonight that’s for sure.”

Lea Wood wrapped up the first ever Jack Sears Trophy in the final race at Rockingham, the deal being sealed when Liam Griffin did not participate in the encounter.

The penultimate event of the season sees the drivers head to Silverstone’s National circuit on September 28/29.

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