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Jordan stars in race two thriller at Snetterton

Sunday, August 04 2013

Andrew Jordan repeated his 2012 victory at Snetterton in an incident-filled second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race today (Sunday). The Pirtek team's title challenger led after Jason Plato and Colin Turkington took turns to head the field.

At the start the two front-row MGs ran side-by-side into Riches, with Colin Turkington on the attack, taking second from Plato, who got the better of his team mate. Gordon Shedden and Andrew Jordan's Hondas followed on in fourth and fifth places, with Matt Neal slotting in behind the two Airwaves cars, Smith heading Jackson.

However the race lasted barely more than a lap before the safety car came out to aid the recovery of Liam Griffin's stricken S2000 Focus, after David Nye made contact with it into Riches on lap two as the pair battled James Kaye.

Plato made a good getaway at the restart, leaving Turkington behind as Jordan attacked Shedden at Montreal with an optimistic manoeuvre. He got the place back a couple of corners later and as they continued to squabble, Shedden was shuffled down the order behind the Airwaves Fords.

There was even more drama later in the lap as Plato slowed and crawled into the pitlane. This left Turkington nursing a lead from Tordoff, playing in his tyres and hoping to outlast the front-wheel-drive MG's rubber. Meanwhile behind them all hell seemed to be breaking loose as places were gained and lost.

Turkington's pace bunched the field, leaving Tordoff under attack from Jordan and the Pirtek man was past on lap seven into Agostini. With soft tyres on the Honda, Jordan was particularly fast at this stage, and Tordoff was now in danger as Smith's Focus was also on the stickier compound. The MG was also suffering with its success ballast and lost several more places, continuing a disastrous race for the team.

Meanwhile with five laps to go Jordan piled on the pressure and the body language of the Honda suggested that a lunge was inevitable. As Jackson too got involved, team mate Smith was being mugged by a two-pronged attack from the works Hondas, whilst Rob Collard was also getting in on the action.

The train rounded the 300 circuit in the late stages and the tension rose as Turkington used all of his considerable skill and experience to hold the field at bay. However it was all over at Williams on lap eleven when he ran a little too wide. Collard then attempted to make up for this with a robust set of moves that merely bundled him out at Bomb Hole.

As the dust settled, Jordan was enjoying a relatively comfortable gap to Smith, Neal, Jackson and Tordoff. The MG then ran wide, losing more places before a spin out of contention, leaving just four cars with a realistic chance of victory with two laps remaining. However Jordan was too quick for the rest and whilst Neal grabbed a late second place from Smith, the order remained the same. Behind Jackson, Morgan headed erstwhile leader Turkington from Shedden, Dave Newsham, Tom Onslow-Cole and Frank Wrathall.

The Jack Sears Trophy class was taken by Lea Wood, a runaway winner from James Kaye. Jack himself was on hand to draw the grid for race three, which will see Newsham on pole. The race will take place at 17:02.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race two

1, Andrew Jordan, Pirtek Racing, Honda Civic, 14 Laps
2, Matt Neal, Honda Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic, +2.770s
3, Aron Smith, Airwaves Racing, Ford Focus, +3.467s
4, Mat Jackson, Airwaves Racing, Ford Focus, +4.158s
5, Adam Morgan, Ciceley Racing, Toyota Avensis, +6.822s
6, Colin Turkington, eBay Motors, BMW 125i M Sport, +7.207s
7, Gordon Shedden, Honda Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic, +8.543s
8, David Newsham, Speedworks Motorsport, Toyota Avensis, +10.630s
9, Tom Onslow-Cole, Kraftwerk Racing, Volkswagen Passat CC, +16.003s
10, Frank Wrathall, Dynojet, Toyota Avensis, +16.599s

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton on 3/4 August are available on the gate for £31, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.