Jordan takes his maiden victory at Croft

Jordan takes his maiden victory at Croft

Andrew Jordan took his maiden British Touring Car Championship victory today and made history by becoming the first driver to take the chequered flag with TOCA's all new Turbo charged NGTC engine, which will come into play ...

Andrew Jordan took his maiden British Touring Car Championship victory today and made history by becoming the first driver to take the chequered flag with TOCA's all new Turbo charged NGTC engine, which will come into play next year.

Andrew Jordan.
Photo by Pat Cranham.

The biggest news from the third and final race though was that both title challengers, Matt Neal and Jason Plato, suffered punctures and neither finished in the points; although Plato once fitted with a new tyre did pick up a point for fastest lap.

Jordan led from pole -- thanks to the draw by the Mr. Shedden, the father of the winner of the first two races this weekend -- and ran away unchallenged for the entire race.

Tom Onslow-Cole nipped in front of Tom Boardman at the start but in doing so clipped the front of the Seat car and sent himself into a huge slide. Somehow Onslow-Cole managed to save it but this only helped Jordan build up a huge lead by the end of lap one.

The biggest mover through the early stages of the race was Rob Collard passing Paul O'Neill, Gordon Shedden and Boardman but cruelly was denied a chance of getting any further when he lost all drive capability on lap 12, whilst right on the tail of second place Onslow-Cole allowing him a free run to second.

The biggest battle of the race was for 3rd between Boardman and O'Neill. Boardman was doing all he could to defend his podium though O'Neill was clearly a lot quicker. This allowed the rest of the pack to close up led by Chilton who was now putting O'Neill under pressure.

On the last lap there now was a huge train of cars behind the Seat of Boardman. Chilton looked like he was trying a move down the inside of O'Neill who then in defending mode tried go around the outside of Boardman. This was never going to work and Boardman pushed the tech-speed Honda onto the grass allowing Chilton past and Steven Kane who had managed to come up from 19th.

One way or another Kane managed to get past Chilton in all of the confusion and in the next few corners Kane then managed to get past Boardman also allowing Chilton through to fourth.

This meant once again O'Neill was behind Boardman and even though it looked like most of his car was on the wrong side leading into the Hairpin, O'Neill managed to get the better of the Seat car on the run up to the line.

Just behind Boardman at the finish was Mat Jackson in the Airwaves BMW and Daniel Lloyd scoring more points in his impressive debut weekend. Lloyd was also was the first of the Triple 8 racing Vectras to take the chequered flag.

All of the above four drivers were involved in a run up to the line and finished all within a margin of four-tenths of a second from O'Neill to Lloyd.

Double race winner from earlier in the day, Gordon Shedden, had a less enjoyable third race after contact with someone or something caused damage to his left front and was passed by a number of competitors, eventually finishing ninth.

Alex MacDowall had another disappointing and car-destroying race. He showed he had the pace to run at the front and was battling with Shedden high up in the field. With MacDowall trying to go around the outside of Shedden, this left the door open for Neal just before he got his puncture. Now MacDowall was left on the wrong side of the circuit and before he could get back online he had lost a handful of places.

He eventually finished in 10th but he crossed the line with heavy smoke coming out of the Chevrolet and for the second race running MacDowall completely destroyed front end.

This did not matter to Jordan and his family owned team as he took his first ever victory in the series. Now in his third season, Jordan admitted after the race that this was the perfect Father's Day present to his dad Mike Jordan, who is a previous BTCC winner from 2006 and the team boss.

A clearly overjoyed Jordan said afterwards, "What a race. The first two races didn't go our way but the guys have worked their butts off and gave me a great car for race 3. I was in constant contact with my father on the pit wall and he said I had a big 6-second lead so I just cruised it home listening for any vibrations. I just like to thank everyone for making this happen within the team and my sponsors Pirtek and CBT so a big thank you to you guys."

Onslow-Cole was pleased to end the day on a high note after a tough couple of races and said, "It has been a tough day, but we got some points with us. Great stuff. I came into the day forth in the championship and I leave in 4th in the points so that's nothing lost."

Kane was the star of race 3 moving up from 19th on the grid by some means to finish third and to maintain his record of scoring a podium in every round so far this season.

A delighted Kane said afterwards: "I can't believe it. We had a bad day yesterday in qualifying but the guys have worked mega to kick up a gear and give me a great car in the last two races of the day to keep the championship alive. We had a problem with the radiator in race 2 but worked hard to fix it. We have just got to work hard during the break to make the car quicker for qualifying."

So the BTCC now reaches its halfway stage and heads for the summer break. After today races we have now seen an incredible nine different winners in 15 races.

Neal now leads Plato by just eight points with Shedden 11 behind Plato and Onslow-Cole and Kane within 10 points of Shedden.

Honda racing now leads the HiQ team championship by quite a margin over Airwaves BMW and they also lead the manufacturers/constructors championship, again ahead of Team Aon.

In the Independents trophy Onslow-Cole has now found his way to the top of the standings leading Kane by just two points with O'Neill just seven points behind him.

Next up for the BTCC is Snetterton after the summer break, which will be on the 7th and 8th August.

So it's time to top up your tan and to keep your eyes open to for any news during the half time break within the championship.

See also: Shedden doubles up in Croft for race two win

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Series BTCC
Drivers Paul O'Neill , Jason Plato , Matt Neal , Rob Collard , Steven Kane , Tom Boardman , Tom Onslow-Cole , Gordon Shedden , Andrew Jordan , Mat Jackson , Alex MacDowall , Mike Jordan , Daniel Lloyd