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Joy for Jordan as new BMW 3 Series wins in Brands Hatch BTCC charge

Sunday, April 07 2019

BMW Pirtek Racing's Andrew Jordan claimed a maiden victory for the new BMW 330i M Sport, by storming from 15th on the grid, in the second race of the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch this afternoon.

Pole-sitter Josh Cook initially led the race in his Honda Civic Type R from Tom Chilton's Ford Focus RS and Jake Hill's Audi S3, but it was clear from early on in the race that Jordan would be someone to watch as he scythed effortlessly from his lowly starting position to sixth by the third lap.

This put Jordan behind the Subaru Levorg of Ashley Sutton which then proceeded to move through the pack rapidly itself. Sutton was past the Mercedes A-Class of Adam Morgan and into fourth by the end of lap four, and past Hill's Audi by the end of the following lap.

An attempt to steal second place from Chilton at Clearways didn't quite come off for Sutton initially, but the Subaru driver soon got past with a robust move up the inside at Graham Hill Bend. Those behind were all able to follow Sutton past straight away as Chilton's Ford lost momentum onto the Cooper Straight.

Sutton then began a fast and furious pursuit of Cook, but had to keep his eyes in his mirrors with the faster Jordan right behind after passing Hill and Morgan.

By the end of lap 13, Cook's initial advantage was totally wiped out, and the top three circulated nose-to-tail with Sutton and Jordan both right behind the leader. Sutton took the lead just two laps later with another late dive at Graham Hill Bend, and as had been the case with Chilton, Jordan was able to follow him straight through.

There was little Sutton could do to stop the charging Jordan at this point, and despite some strong defence, the Subaru was forced to concede position to the BMW on the main Brabham Straight at the end of lap 16.

Jordan then surged into the distance to cement a lead he would never lose, whilst Sutton was reeled in by a chasing pack spearheaded by local man Hill. The Audi driver made a pass on Cook five laps from the end and took Morgan and the independent BMW of Stephen Jelley with him as he set about hunting Sutton.

With just two laps remaining, they were all over the Sutton, and Jelley attempted to move on Hill at Graham Hill Bend, promoting Morgan back up into the podium fight. This battle went right down to the wire, with Morgan pipping Hill to the final podium place, before just missing out on second in a dead heat with Sutton on the finish line.

Tom Ingram stealthily guided his new Team Toyota GB Corolla to a top-five finish, whilst Jelley was forced to settle for sixth after slipping back late on. Cook ultimately came home seventh whilst carrying the championship's maximum success ballast, and the top-ten was completed by Butcher, Chilton, and Proctor.

The works Halfords Yuasa Racing Hondas of Matt Neal and Dan Cammish finished just missed out on the top-ten in 11th and 12th, just ahead of Bobby Thompson's VW CC and the Team BMW machines of Colin Turkington and Tom Oliphant which claimed the final points-scoring positions.

Amongst the series' other high profile names, Jason Plato finished 21st in his Vauxhall on a tricky day after his qualifying heroics yesterday, whilst Nicolas Hamilton and Mark Blundell finished 26th and 27th respectively.

Neal will start the final BTCC race of the day from pole position at 17:05 after the random reverse grid draw determined that the top 11 finishers from this race would be switched.

Kwik Fit BTCC, R2, Result

1, A Jordan, BMW Pirtek Racing, BMW 330i M Sport, 24 laps
2, A Sutton, Adrian Flux Subaru Racing, Subaru Levorg, +9.728s
3, A Morgan, Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport, Mercedes Benz A-Class, +9.750s
4, J Hill, TradePriceCars.com, Audi S3, +9.860s
5, T Ingram, Team Toyota GB with Ginsters, Toyota Corolla, +10.015s
6, S Jelley, Team Parker Racing, BMW 125i M Sport, 10.023s
7, J Cook, BTC Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +11.510s
8, R Butcher, Cobra Sport AmD, Honda Civic Type R, +13.163s
9, T Chilton, Team Shredded Wheat Racing, Ford Focus RS, +14.106s
10, S Proctor, Adrian Flux Subaru Racing, Subaru Levorg, +14.439s
11, M Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +14.526s
12, D Cammish, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +14.788s
13, B Thompson, GKR Scaffolding, Volkswagen CC, +15.147s
14, C Turkington, Team BMW, BMW 330i M Sport, +15.466s
15, T Oliphant, Team BMW, BMW 330i M Sport, +16.482s
16, J Goff, RCIB Insruance, Volkswagen CC, +17.108s
17, A Moffat, Laser Tools Racing, Mercedes Benz A-Class, +21.245s
18, O Jackson, Team Shredded Wheat Racing, Ford Focus RS, +21.763s
19, S Tordoff, Cobra Sport AmD, Honda Civic Type R, +21.987s
20, C Smiley, BTC Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +23.082s
21, J Plato, Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing, Vauxhall Astra, +24.278s
22, R Collard, Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing, Vauxhall Astra, +26.639s
23, M Crees, GKR Scaffolding, Volkwagen CC, +26.770s
24, R Smith, Excelr8 Motorsport, MG6, +26.997s
25, C Boardley, RCIB Insurance, Volkswagen CC, +36.441s
26, N Hamilton, ROKiT Racing with Motorbase, Ford Focus RS, +38.168s
27, M Blundell, TradePriceCars.com, Audi S3, +40.759s
28, S Osborne, Excelr8 Motorsport, MG6, +1 lap
NC, M Simpson, Simpson Motorsport, Honda Civic Type R, +8 laps
DNF, D Rowbottom, Cataclean Racing, Mercedes A-Class