Andrew Jordan added his second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship victory of the season in the opening race of the weekend at Oulton Park.
The West Surrey Racing driver used the advantage of rear-wheel drive to power ahead of pole-sitter Matt Neal as the lights went out, both drivers having indicated the previous day that the start could be decisive in race one.
Jordan’s initial pace on the softer Dunlop tyre compound helped him ease away from his Honda rival, adding to his Brands Hatch victory by keeping Neal adrift by a narrow gap of 0.284s.
Behind the top two, Aiden Moffat usurped the WSR BMW 125i of Colin Turkington heading into the Island hairpin on lap two, the latter having jumped the Mercedes A-Class at the start.
Moffat could not ease clear of the double BTCC champion however in the fight for the podium, leaving the BMW man in the clutches of Ashley Sutton‘s Subaru Levorg GT which rounded him at the Knickerbrook chicane on lap eight.
Sutton turned his attentions to Moffat, who in his defence squeezed the Subaru onto the grass heading over Hill Top. Sutton’s response was instant however, rounding Turkington at Druids and quickly completing a superb move around the outside of Moffat’s Mercedes at the final corner to grab the podium spot.
Behind them, Turkington swiftly slowed and dropped out of contention, leaving Moffat under attack from the Motorbase Ford Focus ST of Mat Jackson. The latter attacked on the penultimate lap, but fell behind Rob Collard‘s BMW as Moffat held onto fourth from Collard and Jackson.
Gordon Shedden survived a two-wheeled lunge at Knickerbrook from Josh Cook on the final lap for seventh, the latter claiming his fourth top-10 result for Maximum Motorsport. Rob Austin ended as top Toyota in ninth, the top 10 rounded out by Jake Hill‘s Volkswagen CC.
Tom Ingram‘s championship lead was trimmed from 17 to eight points after a race to forget for the Speedworks Motorsport man. Involved in a collision at Knickerbrook with the Honda of Jack Goff, right-rear suspension damage ended the race for the Toyota Avensis driver.
Adam Morgan was another involved in an opening lap incident, collected by the spinning Audi S3 of Ant Whorton-Eales. Senna Proctor claimed another victory in the Jack Sears Trophy meanwhile, finishing 15th overall.
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