Jordan takes race two at Silverstone to boost his championship chances

Ingram leads from Jordan at the start with Austin in third- His challenge would end with a puncture (Photo by Marc Waller)

Ingram leads from Jordan at the start with Austin in third- His challenge would end with a puncture (Photo by Marc Waller)Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan has taken victory in race two in his Ford Focus here at Silverstone to put himself back in contention for the championship.

He started on the front row after inheriting second place in the first race when the works MGs were both disqualified. He initially slotted in behind Ingram’s Speedworks Avensis before a decisive move into the Becketts hairpin on lap seven put him in front. He was running the soft tyre option which usually fades but Jordan seemed to have it under control. Rob Austin had initially run third but a puncture ended his challenge for a top spot.

Ingram was also on the soft tyre option and his pace was slowing as he now came under pressure from Adam Morgan in the Wix Racing Mercedes. He soon passed the fading Toyota but could do nothing about catching Jordan who powered through to win by just under nine tenths of a second from Morgan.

“It was hard work, I think I’ve done myself a bit of an injury celebrating!” said Jordan who had hit his roof very hard in celebration and relief as he climbed out. “We needed that. I’ve read in places that I’ve lost my mojo, well I’ll just say ‘do one’, I haven’t at all. After the safety car I was just trying to go as fast as I could to get a gap. I wasn’t worried about the tyres.”

He continued;

“I was controlling them well. I’ve perfected a technique to look after them from back in 2013. I could see Adam (Morgan) was using his fronts a bit harder. We’re back in the number one spot where we should be.”

Morgan was pleased to get a strong finish to try boost his championship efforts;

“It’s amazing at this point in the championship to get a result like that,” enthused Morgan. “We’re looking to climb our way up the table with a good points haul here. Hats off to Andy though, on the soft tyres – I just couldn’t keep up. I must thank all the guys in yellow and black though for their hard work to get us back into the mix. I’m well happy with it though.”

Ingram managed to hold onto third despite his fading tyres and he was pleased with his second podium of the day;

“I’m more than happy with that – I’m really pleased,” said Ingram. “With the soft tyre and a lot of weight I can’t have any complaints. Andy pulled off a stonking move. Once afdam went though too I knew they’d be gone so I concentrated on holding P3. I had Jake Hill too watch then the Subarus. The places that they put us under pressure were down the straight down in towards Brooklands actually.”

Collard and turkington are both having stronger Sundays after a difficult qualifying session (Photo by Marc Waller) Plato and Turkington pressure Ingram for his third place (Photo by Marc Waller) Jordan looks for a way past (Photo by Marc Waller) Jordan wins (Photo by Marc Waller) Jordan literally hits the roof but in celebration (Photo by Marc Waller) The win is a big boost for Jordan (Photo by Marc Waller)




Jake Hill’s challenge to Ingram came to an end when his car suffered a puncture which left the Subarus of Turkington and Plato to follow Ingram across the finish. Mat Jackson continued his recovery from his awful Saturday with sixth place, having come from seventeenth on the grid.

Rob Collard was another driver making soft tyres work to his advantage as he took seventh just ahead of Gordon Shedden who was unable to find a way past the BMW. Shedden maybe glad he didn’t pass Collard however as his position was then drawn for the race three reverse grid putting Collard alongside him in second.

Aiden Moffat took a strong ninth in his Laser Tools Racing Mercedes ahead of Hunter Abbott, finally having a result on Sunday after a strong qualifying.

Tordoff kept up his championship points total with points from eleventh place. He was just ahead of a strong Michael Epps with Goff, Welch and Neal rounding out the points scorers.

2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 26 – Silverstone:

1 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) Motorbase Performance 26m44.945s (91.99 mph)
2 Adam MORGAN (GBR) WIX Racing +0.884s
3 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +2.456s
4 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Silverline Subaru BMR Racing +2.662s
5 Jason PLATO (GBR) Silverline Subaru BMR Racing +3.001s
6 Mat JACKSON (GBR) Motorbase Performance +3.253s
7 Robert COLLARD (GBR) Team JCT600 Racing with GardX +3.471s
8 Gordon SHEDDEN (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +4.409s
9 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +5.043s
10 Hunter ABBOTT (GBR) Power Maxed Racing +5.993s
11 Sam TORDOFF (GBR) Team JCT600 Racing with GardX +6.181s
12 Michael EPPS (GBR) RCIB Insurance Racing +6.989s
13 Jack GOFF (GBR) Team IHG Rewards Club +7.229s
14 Dan WELCH (GBR) Goodestone Racing +8.344s
15 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +8.524s
16 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) AmD +9.025s
17 Josh COOK (GBR) MG Racing RCIB Insurance +15.262s
18 Martin DEPPER (GBR) Eurotech Racing +16.147s
19 Stewart LINES (GBR) Maximum Motorsport +16.356s
20 Alex MARTIN (GBR) Dextra Racing +16.517s
21 Tony GILHAM (GBR) TLC/RCIB Insurance Racing +17.170s
22 Kelvin FLETCHER (GBR) Power Maxed Racing +20.414s
23 James COLE (GBR) Silverline Subaru BMR Racing +20.905s
24 Aron SMITH (IRL) BKR +1 lap
25 Jeff SMITH (GBR) Eurotech Racing +1 lap
26 Ash SUTTON (GBR) MG Racing RCIB Insurance +1 lap
27 Jake HILL (GBR) RCIB Insurance Racing +1 lap
28 Mark HOWARD (GBR) BKR +1 lap
29 Warren SCOTT (GBR) Silverline Subaru BMR Racing +1 laps
DNF Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +11 laps
DNF Rob AUSTIN (GBR) Handy Motorsport +12 laps By Marc Waller


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