There’s was barely a moment to breathe at the opening three rounds of the British Touring Car Championship weekend at Brands Hatch, with three different race winners and some surprise results setting up another tense BTCC weekend at Donington Park in two-weeks.
After the action, race one winner Tom Ingram said,
“That was absolutely fantastic, how do you put it into words? Winning here two years on the bounce – it’s the best way to repay all that hard work over the winter. It’s a heck of a result and I’m really pleased. Everyone was reminding me for the next race, ‘get points – just get points’. As soon as I saw Rob [Collard] throw his nose down the inside at Paddock in race two, I thought, ‘I remember this from last year!’ We prioritised the points and considering the weight we were carrying, third was a great return.”
– Tom Ingram
The winner of Race two, Gordon Shedden, heads to Donington Park with an early lead over the field in the standings, he added,
“I’ll take those three results any weekend of the year – it’s been a brilliant start to the season. The Civic Type R felt great throughout. In fact, it was even better with the weight in race two than without it in race one, which was slightly random – but very encouraging going forward. I think this must be my best ever start to a BTCC campaign, so we’re clearly going in the right direction. I’m absolutely chuffed – a very happy Scotsman heading back north tonight!”
– Gordon Shedden
Andrew Jordan has certainly put to bed any doubts that he might take some time to acclimatise to his new BMW and new team with a great win in race three. He said,
“That was quite a start wasn’t it with rear-wheel drive and a new team? I was getting a bit twitchy with Colin (Turkington) looking really, really strong on the soft tyres behind – the rear-wheel drive expert! We had a little rub at the end there but it was a good way to end. I knew he wasn’t going to do anything silly. It’s really special, to get the win on my first event with BMW Pirtek Racing and West Surrey Racing. It’s down to the team – credit to the guys for all the work they’ve put in.”
– Andrew Jordan
The action continues in two weeks at the infamous Donington Park. Will Shedden be able to retain his early lead? Can the Astra’s secure a few more podiums? Will Subaru have a better weekend?