Andrew Jordan claimed his first win since Croft 2014 in the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Thruxton.
The Mercedes of Adam Morgan held onto its pole position when the lights went out to signal the start of a shorter 12-lap race, while behind them Tom Ingram lost out to Jordan for second spot. Despite this, Ingram’s start was adjudged to be too hasty, forced to travel through the pit lane to serve a drive-through penalty for a jump start.
Morgan held on at the head of a five-car train for much of the first half of the race, containing three West Surrey Racing BMW 125i machines at the rear of that bunch lead by the fast-starting Rob Collard.
Lap 11 was the moment that all changed at the front, Jordan moving into the lead with a bold move heading through Allard on the Mercedes of Morgan, Collard following him through into second spot.
Jordan was then untroubled and clinched a first win of the 2016 season, his first also for Motorbase Performance as well as being the first time on the top step since 2014’s visit to Croft.
Collard and Morgan rounded out the podium, but the man on a charge from 23rd on the grid was Gordon Shedden. Jeff Smith was briefly best of the rest for Eurotech Racing, but a lurid spin through the scenery at the high-speed Village right-hander removed his Honda Civic Type-R from the pack.
Climbing up to 13th place after just three laps, reigning champion Shedden dispatched the Team HARD Toyota Avensis of Mike Epps, the Speedworks Honda Civic of Matt Simpson and the Proton Gen-2 of Dan Welch, swiftly then taking the Eurotech Hondas of Daniel Lloyd and Martin Depper.
Fourth place was his target after overtaking Sam Tordoff‘s BMW, one which he duly reached by overtaking the similar 125i of Jack Goff heading into Church corner.
Lloyd finished an impressive seventh as top rookie, Mat Jackson next up for Motorbase ahead of the impressive Welch and Rob Austin rounding out the top 10.
Matt Neal fought his way up to 11th, but surrendered his series lead to Collard in the process, Josh Cook also recovering well from 25th to 12th.
Race three gets underway at 17:17, and you can keep up with all the action right here and via@TheCheckerFlag on Twitter.