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Jordan restores Civic pride with BTCC race three win

Sunday, June 09 2013

Andrew Jordan claimed the final Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship win of the weekend at Oulton Park today (Sunday). The Pirtek Honda Civic driver headed Colin Turkington and local hero Adam Morgan on the podium as double winner Jason Plato suffered a fiery exit from the race.

At the start Dan Welch made a slow getaway, and by contrast Rob Austin shot into the lead from row two, with Jeff Smith slotting in behind. Meanwhile Morgan was sizing up Smith as Ollie Jackson spun halfway round lap one.

Welch was holding up the field as Austin came under increasing attack from Smith and the pair rubbed their way around Cascades as a queue gathered behind Welch. As the chasing pack closed on the leading pair, Plato dived into the pits with a dramatic engine fire.

As the pack tightened, something had to give and Dave Newsham was fired off on the way out of Old Hall. Shedden then pitted with damage to the rear of his Civic. The order now was Austin-Smith-Morgan- Jordan.

Austin was smoking tyres and sliding all over the track and it couldn't last. After Neal made an ambitious move on Turkington that saw the two make contact at Knickerbrook, Smith grabbed the lead in another muscular move. Morgan and Jordan followed through, as did Turkington.

Jordan then relieved Morgan of second place and as Turkington was stalking the Toyota, Neal passed Austin to set off after the leaders. He caught them and Turkington felt obliged to take third, and just as that happened, Smith lost control of his Civic into the Knickerbrook chicane. He endured two more slides as he struggled with his tyres, undoing all of the hard work he'd put in up until that point.

With Jordan now clear to take the win from Turkington, Neal attacked Morgan for the final podium position. Using all of his considerable experience, he was still behind when they entered Lodge for the final time and crossed the line almost side-by-side with the Toyota, but there was to be no podium finish for the triple champion.

Austin held on in fifth from team mate Will Bratt, whilst Tom Onslow-Cole tried to defend seventh place until he was spat out of the field on the last lap. This left Sam Tordoff to take the place from Nick Foster, Frank Wrathall and Aron Smith. Liam Griffin took the Jack Sears Trophy class win.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Race Three
1, Andrew Jordan, Pirtek Racing, Honda Civic, 15 Laps
2, Colin Turkington, eBay Motors, BMW 125i M Sport, +1.358s
3, Adam Morgan, Ciceley Racing, Toyota Avensis, +4.523s
4, Matt Neal, Honda Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic, +4.601s
5, Rob Austin, Wix Racing, Audi A4, +7.605s
6, Will Bratt, Rob Austin Racing, Audi A4, +7.605s
7, Sam Tordoff, MG KX Momentum Racing, MG6, +15.018s
8, Nick Foster, eBay Motors, BMW 125i M Sport, +15.798s
9, Frank Wrathall, Dynojet, Toyota Avensis, +16.761s
10, Aron Smith, Airwaves, Ford Focus, +17.876s

On Saturday 6 July, the BRDC Formula 4 Championship heads to Oulton Park. Tickets are available from £10, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.