Thruxton BTCC: Jordan passes Tordoff for Race 1 win

Andrew Jordan scored his second victory of the 2019 BTCC season in the opening race at Thruxton after polesitter Sam Tordoff suffered a late electrical issue.

Thruxton BTCC: Jordan passes Tordoff for Race 1 win

WSR BMW driver Jordan was forced out of the second and third races in the previous round at Donington Park after being hospitalised, but bounced back to take the win by 1.339 seconds.

Tordoff made a clean getaway and built up a controlled half-second lead over Jordan, who climbed a place to second after Dan Cammish was slow away in his Team Dynamics Honda. That allowed Jordan’s teammate Colin Turkington to close, and the top four broke away in a processional opening half of the race.

But with three of the 16-lap race remaining, the rear of Tordoff’s AmD Tuning Civic Honda broke loose on the run out of the high-speed Church corner. Tordoff blamed the error on an electrical issue, which set off an alarm in the car before affecting the power steering.

The loss of momentum allowed Jordan to close and pass prior to the braking zone of the final-corner chicane complex.

Jordan pulled one second clear during his first lap out in front and controlled that to the flag. On the final lap, Tordoff again struggled out of Church and allowed Cammish an attempt at a similar run, but Tordoff held on to second place, with Turkington fourth.

As the leading quartet ran clear, Tordoff’s teammate Rory Butcher headed the Vauxhall Astra of Jason Plato for fifth. Ashley Sutton (Subaru) and Honda's Matt Neal diced behind, with pre-race points leader Sutton carrying the maximum 54kg of success ballast.

Neal, laden with 18kg, attempted a pass and was fractionally ahead as they braked on entry to the chicane but a nudge from Sutton knocked Neal sideways. He collected the slide and had to cut the chicane, but having already been ahead Neal retained the place to finished seventh ahead of Rob Collard with Sutton dropping down to ninth.

Jake Hill rounded out the top 10 ahead of Josh Cook and Donington Park race three winner Tom Ingram.

After losing his fastest lap for causing a red flag in qualifying, Tom Chilton climbed from 22nd on the grid to 18th, while Mark Blundell progressed from 30th to 27th.

shares
comments
Thruxton BTCC: Tordoff on pole as Blundell and Chilton collide

Previous article

Thruxton BTCC: Tordoff on pole as Blundell and Chilton collide

Next article

Thruxton BTCC: Jordan holds off Turkington for Race 2 victory

Thruxton BTCC: Jordan holds off Turkington for Race 2 victory
Load comments
Five key plotlines to follow in the 2021 BTCC Prime

Five key plotlines to follow in the 2021 BTCC

It’s been a busy silly season in the BTCC since the chequered flag fell to end the 2020 campaign last November. While last year’s top two have stayed put, there’s been a lot of fat to chew elsewhere, which should result in another fascinating year of tin-top action.

BTCC
May 7, 2021
Why a BTCC legend remains defiant at '97 not out' Prime

Why a BTCC legend remains defiant at '97 not out'

After a year of enforced absence from the British Touring Car Championship grid, Jason Plato is back and hungrier than ever. Despite stellar opposition and some familiar challenges, the two-time champion still has his eyes focused on the biggest prizes.

BTCC
May 5, 2021
The Top 10 BTCC drivers of 2020 Prime

The Top 10 BTCC drivers of 2020

The 2020 British Touring Car Championship will go down as a classic in which new winners graced the top step of the podium and an unloved chassis was resurrected into a champion. But who were the year's top performers?

BTCC
Dec 24, 2020
The Villeneuve-esque 'engineer's dream' who lit up BTCC 2020 Prime

The Villeneuve-esque 'engineer's dream' who lit up BTCC 2020

The Infiniti Q50 was completely redesigned, redeveloped and revamped by BMR and Laser Tools Racing for 2020. And the flamboyant brilliance of the driver behind the wheel was enough to snatch the title at the last gasp…

BTCC
Dec 11, 2020
Why the BTCC social media trolls have got it wrong Prime

Why the BTCC social media trolls have got it wrong

A number of drivers on this year's British Touring Car Championship grid have been called out on social media for taking other people's seats, whether they are older or drivers who are deemed to have less talent. Matt James busts the myth

BTCC
Mar 27, 2019
How the BTCC's class of 2018 ranked each other Prime

How the BTCC's class of 2018 ranked each other

The BTCC keeps getting more competitive - this season produced another new record number of winners. That made picking a final top 10 an unenviable task, so we enlisted the help of those who were in the heat of the action to decide the order.

BTCC
Nov 2, 2018
Can a champion be worthy if he only won one race? Prime

Can a champion be worthy if he only won one race?

Titles should be won by the driver who claims more victories than anyone else, so convention goes. Does the unpredictable nature of the British Touring Car Championship render that notion obsolete?

BTCC
Oct 10, 2018
BTCC's hybrid future faces urgent hurdles Prime

BTCC's hybrid future faces urgent hurdles

The British Touring Car Championship recently announced it is investigating how to incorporate hybrid technology into its future machines. In doing so it's following the higher echelons of motorsport, while also revealing risks for its grassroots.

BTCC
Aug 19, 2018