Jordan Fends Off Turkington For Race Three Victory

Andrew Jordan held on to win a tense final Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Brands Hatch.

The 2013 champion fended off Team BMW team-mate Colin Turkington‘s late charge, making it three winners in three races after a thrilling last-lap showdown.

A lightning start from Jordan launched the Pirtek Racing BMW into the lead from the second row of the grid, leading Tom Chilton‘s Vauxhall Astra in a tight initial five laps.

Chilton produced an early attack on the softer Dunlop tyres, but behind them it was Jordan’s Team BMW team-mates that began their charge towards the front. Starting from seventh and ninth respectively, Rob Collard and Turkington started to pick off their rivals and ended lap one fourth and sixth.

Both made their way by the Mercedes A-Class of Adam Morgan by lap eight, Turkington rounding his BMW team-mate at Paddock Hill Bend two laps later before chasing after Jordan and Chilton with a string of fastest laps.

The latter defended his place but Turkington soon overpowered his Vauxhall rival into Surtees, then set about trimming the two-second lead of Jordan.

With two laps remaining, the gap was reduced to nothing. Turkington took a sniff up the inside at Clark Curve, a move which he tried to repeat on the final lap of the race but it was not enough as Jordan accelerated to the line for his first win with BMW.

Chilton claimed a sensational podium on his and Vauxhall’s third race of their respective returns to BTCC, Matt Neal climbing from 11th to fourth place in a charge culminated by identical moves on Morgan and Collard at Clark.

Gordon Shedden claimed seventh place to leave Brands Hatch with the series lead, Jack Goff next up for Eurotech Racing. Michael Epps secured his third top 10 in as many races, Jake Hill 10th in a strong weekend for Team HARD.

Mat Jackson scuppered his own chances with a wide moment at turn one, while James Cole and Matt Simpson‘s race ended in the barriers at Graham Hill Bend.