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Jordan fends off Turkington for final BTCC win of the day at Brands

Sunday, April 02 2017

Andrew Jordan got his season with BMW off to a fine start with victory in the third Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race at Brands Hatch today (Sunday), holding off a late challenge from team-mate Colin Turkington.

Jordan made another storming getaway at the start to lead by a country mile into Paddock Hill. Behind, Jackson challenged the pole-sitting Vauxhall of Tom Chilton, who had been promoted after Rob Austin's exclusion from race two, but ran wide and through the Paddock Hill gravel, falling well down the order.

In third, a fast-starting Rob Collard held off Josh Cook, Adam Morgan and Turkington, with Tom Ingram and the works Hondas snapping at their heels. Cook ran wide early on, dropping him two places and leaving him to defend from Ingram. This didn't last long, and the Maximum Motorsport Focus was shuffled down the order, whilst Shedden took advantage of the confusion to pass Ingram. Then a robust pass from Neal sent Ingram through the Clearways gravel.

Meanwhile, Chilton was hassling Jordan for the race lead, the former revelling in his BTCC return and the Power Maxed Vauxhall. Behind the duelling leaders, Morgan was fighting off a BMW sandwich, the trio having cleared the cars behind. Turkington made easy work of Morgan, and with Collard, raced towards their Pirtek-liveried team-mate's aid. The break wasn't fast enough for Turkington, however, and a supremely brave move around the outside of Paddock Hill saw him grab third place from Collard.

The Hondas were working in team formation, a ballasted Shedden letting Neal past, and they were joined by the Eurotech Civic of Jack Goff, who had also passed the ailing Ingram. The Team HARD VW CCs of Mike Epps and Jake Hill also used team tactics to mug Ingram, who was rapidly falling down the order.

By mid-distance, Turkington had caught Chilton and tried everything to pass the Vauxhall. Chilton is a Brands Hatch specialist, but the double champion was not going to be denied and dived past into Surtees, setting off after Jordan who was a couple of seconds up the road.

Turkington was flying in the closing laps, and whilst Neal was also charging, passing Morgan and successfully harassing Collard, the triple champion was by this stage too far back to affect the race lead, barring a major upset. With just a couple of laps to go, the leading BMWs were nose-to-tail and clearly with no team orders. Jordan had to drive a very wide 1-Series, especially into Clearways for the final time of asking, where the pair almost collided, but the 2013 champion held on for the win.

In third place, Chilton completed a dream return for his and Vauxhall's comeback season, whilst Neal and Morgan completed the top five. 

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Race Three
1, Andrew Jordan, BMW Pirtek Racing, BMW 125i M-Sport, 24 Laps
2, Colin Turkington, Team BMW, BMW 125i M-Sport, +0.315s
3, Tom Chilton, Power Maxed Racing, Vauxhall Astra, +4.692s
4, Matt Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type, +7.558s
5, Adam Morgan, Ciceley Motorsport, Mercedes Benz A-Class, +10.205s
6, Robert Collard, Team BMW, BMW 125i M-Sport, +10.812s
7, Gordon Shedden, Halford Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R, 11.719s
8, Jack Goff, Eurotech Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +12.141s
9, Michael Epps, Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing, Volkswagen CC, +12.970s
10, Jake Hill, TAG Racing, Volkswagen CC, +14.367s

With his race two win and strong run of results, Shedden takes the early title lead over race one winner Tom Chilton. Today's other victor, Andrew Jordan is third.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Title Standings after 3 of 30 rounds
1, Gordon Shedden, 48 points
2, Tom Ingram, 42 points
3, Andrew Jordan, 41 points
4, Adam Morgan, 39 points
5, Rob Collard, 36 points

This Easter (14-17 April), the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship comes to Brands Hatch. Discounted advance tickets are available from £27, with free entry for under-13s. For more information or to book, call 0843 453 9000 or click here.