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Double joy for Jordan at Brands Hatch

Sunday, March 30 2014

Andrew Jordan took his second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship victory of the day at Brands Hatch, resisting challenges from Gordon Shedden and Colin Turkington in a race full of incident.

As the lights went out Jason Plato's car didn't move off the line, and the field did a great job avoiding the car sitting on the front row, whilst at Paddock Hill there was near chaos as a fast starting Rob Collard and Matt Neal touched. Chris Stockton made it no further than the first corner, and the safety car was scrambled for this first time this season. This gave a stuttering Plato the chance to reboot his car, and he joined the back of the field.

When the race restarted, Jordan led Shedden, Neal, Nick Foster, Rob Collard and Turkington, with Adam Morgan leading the chase of the BMW trio. Shedden was almost immediately on the attack, attempting to take advantage of the heavier-ballasted Civic.

Turkington shuffled the order of the eBay BMWs, by way of two finely-executed dives at Paddock Hill and readied himself for an assault on the three Hondas ahead. He was on Neal's case within moments, as the triple champion was unable to live with the leaders' pace. Another lunge at the first corner gave him third with half of the race remaining.

Meanwhile Aron Smith, running on the soft tyre, had caught Morgan and claimed seventh place without too much trouble. He closed in on the BMWs ahead as they gained ground on Neal.

Turkington caught the leading trio with seven laps remaining, but this soon became somewhat academic as the safety car was deployed once more. This time it was to clear the stricken Honda of Martin Depper, after contact with Marc Hynes' MG.

Racing resumed for just four laps, and it was Turkington who presented the biggest threat to the order. However there all attempts were resisted and therefore Jordan completed a victory double. Meanwhile Fabrizio Giovanardi quietly completed the top ten.

Afterwards Andrew joked: "The only change after race one was a big fat lump of lead in the car! I thought if I could have a podium I'd be happy, so it was a case of looking after the tyres and fighting at the end. It was a really hard race."

In the draw for pole position for the third race of the day, Rob Collard's sixth place was chosen, so two eBay Motors' BMW's will start from the front row. Race three will take place at 17:02.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Race Two
1, Andrew Jordan, Pirtek, Honda, 27 Laps
2, Gordon Shedden, Honda Racing, +0.505s
3, Colin Turkington, eBay Motors, BMW, +0.709s
4, Matt Neal, Honda Racing, +1.742s
5, Nick Foster, eBay Motors, BMW, +2.094s
6, Rob Collard, eBay Motors, BMW, +2.519s
7, Aron Smith, BMR, VW, +2.975s
8, Adam Morgan, WIX, Mercedes, +3.524
9, Tom Ingram, Speedworks, Toyota, +3.822s
10, Fabrizio Giovanardi, Airwaves, Ford, +4.146s

Click here to view the full result.

Raceday Tickets for the opening round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch on 29/30 March are available on the gate for £32, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.