BTCC Round Six - Snetterton
Tordoff takes debut win, Neal's Championship lead shortened
Snetterton produced three different winners on Sunday, including a debut win for Sam Tordoff for MG KX Momentum Racing. His previous form at the Circuit in the Clio and Carrera Cups carried through into the BTCC, taking his first pole position before a lights-to-flag victory in a relatively incident free race one.
Tordoff led team mate Jason Plato to the flag for MGKX Momentum’s second one-two of the season, while Gordon Shedden (Yuasa Honda) completed the podium holding off title contender Andrew Jordan (Pirtek Honda) and Colin Turkington (eBay Motors BMW) to the flag.
Race two was a much more dramatic affair won by Jordan after he passed Turkington following contact, early leader Plato was side lined by engine trouble. Matt Neal (Yuasa Honda) had a storming drive from ninth up to second, helping to maintain his Championship lead. The final podium place went to Aron Smith (Airwaves/Motorbase Ford), their first of the season, showing their continued upwards trend in performance.
Early on in Race three there was a red flag for Plato dramatically rolling his car while trying to make his way through the field. His pace throughout the event was largely unrewarded and his Championship challenge now looks like much more of an uphill struggle than before the weekend.
Turkington led after the restart but was again caught and put out of contention for major points, this time by Shedden who continued on for a useful win in the defence of his Championship. The remaining podium positions were both occupied by the Airwaves Motorbase Ford Focuses, Matt Jackson taking second (his first podium of the season) and Smith taking another third on the day. A win for Motorbase can’t be far away now.
In the Championship Matt Neal retains his lead, though considerably reduced. He is now just nine points ahead of Andrew Jordan with Gordon Shedden a further thirteen points adrift. Both MG drivers lost a position to Colin Turkington who now lies fourth.
1 Matt Neal (Yuasa Honda) 256
2 Andrew Jordan (Pirtek Hona) 247
3 Gordon Shedden (Yuasa Honda) 234
4 Colin Turkington (eBay Motors BMW) 219
5 Jason Plato (MG KX Momentum Racing) 206
6 Sam Tordoff (MG KX Momentum Racing) 182