Tordoff cruises to second Croft win

Sam Tordoff converted pole position into a comfortable lights-to-flag win in the second BTCC race of the weekend at Croft, ahead of Jason Plato and Colin Turkington.

The West Surrey Racing BMW driver led away teammate Andy Priaulx and Plato at the start, Turkington moving up from fifth on the grid to slot into fourth.

By the end of lap one, Tordoff was six tenths clear of his nearest pursuer, and by the time Priaulx – carrying maximum success ballast after his race one win – had slipped behind the BMR Volkswagens of Plato and Turkington, his lead was up to 1.6s.

From there, there was nothing that Plato could do to reel in the leader, Tordoff stretching his advantage to take a second win of the season by a margin of 2.3 seconds over the two-time champion.

Turkington and Priaulx held station in third and fourth places close behind Plato, with Gordon Shedden repelling the advances of Rob Austin and then fighting his way past Rob Collard at two-thirds distance to take fifth.

Collard held off Austin by just a tenth in the battle for sixth, with Tom Ingram the best of the soft-tyre runners in eighth. Adam Morgan and Jack Goff completed the top 10, Matt Neal unable to manage any better than 11th from his grid slot of 13th.

Andrew Jordan also suffered on the soft tyres in the second of the works MGs, slipping from the fringes of the top 10 down to an eventual 14th in a race to forget for the 2013 champion.

Race results:

Pos Driver Car Time/Gap
Sam Tordoff BMW 21'48.128
Jason Plato Volkswagen 2.368
Colin Turkington Volkswagen 2.936
Andy Priaulx BMW 3.548
Gordon Shedden Honda 8.023
Rob Collard BMW 8.404
Rob Austin Audi 8.558
Tom Ingram Toyota 13.384
Adam Morgan Mercedes 14.725
10  Jack Goff MG 15.620
11  Matt Neal Honda 16.933
12  Hunter Abbott Audi 24.820
13  Dave Newsham Chevrolet 26.263
14  Andrew Jordan MG 26.431
15  Warren Scott Volkswagen 26.741
16  Aron Smith Volkswagen 27.186
17  Alex Martin Ford 38.175
18  Aiden Moffat Mercedes 41.648
19  Mike Bushell Ford 41.926
20  Daniel Welch Proton 45.386
21  Simon Belcher Toyota 51.553
22  Andy Wilmot Proton 52.541
23  Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti 52.603
24  Jeff Smith Honda 57.778
25  Nicolas Hamilton Audi 1'03.448
26  Stewart Lines Toyota 1'10.823
27  Max Coates Infiniti 2 laps
Ret Martin Depper Honda -
Ret Josh Cook Chevrolet -

 

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Series BTCC
Event Croft
Track Croft Circuit
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Jason Plato , Colin Turkington , Gordon Shedden , Sam Tordoff
Teams West Surrey Racing
Article type Race report