Jordan Picks up WSR Win after Close Contest with Turkington

Ryan Ashenhurst

Andrew Jordan picked up his 17th BTCC career victory and the first for his new team WSR in 2017 after a blistering start and some strong defending from the chasing Colin Turkington in the lighter BMW.

At the start, Jordan jumped from 3rd to 1st after getting off the line better than Chilton and Cook up ahead. The other BMW of Rob Collard also have a good opening lap, overtaking Cook’s Ford Focus and jumping into 3rd. Mat Jackson had a great start, but was left to hang out wide and took a damaging route through the gravel on the outside of Paddock Hill Bend, ending his hopes for a top result in race three.

Josh Cook’s luck would continue to plummet on lap three, with Adam Morgan and Colin Turkington passing for 4th and 5th, the Ford would retire a lap later, undoing the hard work from race two and losing a certain strong points haul for race three.

At the front, Tom Chilton was able to gradually catch Andrew Jordan and threaten for the race lead, although Jordan didn’t give the Vauxhall driver any invitations to pass. Further back, Matt Neal pulled off his signature Clearways dive up the inside to take Tom Ingram, a sign of things to come as the experienced touring car driver started to convincingly climb the order in the Honda Yuasa car.


Meanwhile, Colin Turkington, who had started the race in 10th was already 5th by lap 7, and went one better after getting great drive out of Paddock Hill Bend to get his nose ahead of Adam Morgan for the braking point into druids, the Northern Irishman up to p4 and showing no signs of falling back.

Collard was running well in 3rd, but would have held up his teammate Turkington given the difference in success ballast, so the flying Turkington was shown the door by Collard and promoted to the podium positions.

On lap eleven, Matt Neal was able to get past Gordon Shedden for 6th place, and further back Tom Ingram was the victim of a Volkswagen assault in Which Micheal Epps and Jake Hill got either side of the Toyota and flashed past, Ingram dropping from 9th to 11th in one corner.

Pressure was building near the front as the released Colin Turkington started putting in a string of fastest laps and dramatically reeling in the 2nd-place running Astra of Tom Chilton. Chilton defended heavily against Turkington’s constant pressure and by lap thirteen, Jordan, Chilton and Turkington were separated by less than a second.

On lap seventeen, the order at the front changed as Turkington pulled a bold move on Chilton at Surtees, darting ahead and blocking off the inside line heading into Clearways to prevent the Vauxhall from counter-attacking. The race for the win was now a WSR affair as Turkington started to close the gap to Andrew Jordan at the front.

A juicy battle for 4th was developing between Collard, Morgan and Neal as all three cars started to get closer. Matt neal left his elbows out again into Clearways and took Morgan’s Mercedes for 5th, and then it was the same move on Rob Collard, who would then fall back to 6th after being overtaken by Adam Morgan again for a 6th place finish.

It was tense up ahead, with Turkington making contact with Jordan at the final corner of the race, but the 2013 BTCC Champion held on to secure his first ever victory in a rear-wheel-drive car, and putting to bed the belief that he might have needed some time to acclimatise. The final race marked a strong one for WSR, with all three of their drivers in the top-six.

Tom Chilton was able to hold onto the final podium position, giving Vauxhall reason to believe that they will be fast enough to contest for podiums throughout the year.

Matt Neal had his strongest race of the weekend with 4th place with a three-second gap to Adam Morgan who again had another strong showing with 5th. Rob Collard was 6th, Gordon Shedden 7th, Jack Goff completed a very positive weekend for Eurotech with 8th, Micheal Epps was one of the standout drivers of the weekend with 9th and Jake Hill rounded out the top ten.

The Championship standings after an intense opening weekend are as follows:

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