BTCC: Ingram, Jordan and Shedden winners at Silverstone
Tom Ingram, Andrew Jordan and Gordon Shedden are the winners of three BTCC races at Silverstone, in the penultimate round of the 2016 British Touring Car Championship. After 27 races, Sam Tordoff remains in the championship lead.
Tom Ingram was declared winner of the first race after two MGs of Ashley Sutton and Josh Cook, who crossed the finish line ahead of Ingram’s Toyota Avensis, were disqualified for a technical infringement. The inspectors found their rear wings being outside of the allowed tolerance.
In the race, Sutton started from pole but lost a lead from Ingram during the opening laps. He fought back on Lap 8 and remained in the lead for fourteen laps until the end. Sutton’s teammate Cook started third but lost one place from Andrew Jordan’s Ford Focus. Cook also fought back, taking the second place from Ingram. Adam Morgan and Rob Austin were fighting for the fifth place, with Austin’s Toyota finishing ahead od Morgan’s Mercedes. After disqualification of MGs, Rob Austin’s fifth place was converted into the podium.
The main championship contenders were far from the top. Sam Tordoff finished eleventh while both Honda Civic Type Rs of Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal suffered punctures late in the race, so they dropped to the back of the field.
In the second race, the starting positions were set by the order from Race 1, so Ingram and Jordan were in the front row. Ingram was leading for seven laps and then Jordan jumped into the lead at Becketts hairpin. Ingram later lost one more place from Adam Morgan, as the tyres on his Toyota were in worst conditions than the rubber at Morgan’s Mercedes.
Two Subaru Levorg GTs of Colin Turkington and Jason Plato finished fourth and fifth, ahead of Mat Jackson’s Ford Focus. Of the trio which lead in the point standings, Tordoff was eleventh again, Neal finished 15th while Gordon Shedden showed the fantastic progress from the back and finished 8th. That place brought him a reverse grid pole position for the Race 3.
Shedden lost the lead from Rob Collard’s BMW in the opening lap, but the #52 Honda returned in front on Lap 2 and remained in the lead until the end. Mat Jackson followed Shedden and overtook Collard for the second place. All three podium positions were unchanged for twenty laps.
Jason Plato was fourth until the last lap when puncture dropped him back to the 12 place. It promoted his teammate Colin Turkington to the fourth place, ahead of two championship contenders Matt Neal and Sam Tordoff. Josh Cook, Andrew Jordan, Aiden Moffat and Ash Sutton completed the Top 10.
After 27 races, with three more races to go at Brands Hatch finale on October 2, eight drivers have mathematical chances to win the title. The championship leader Sam Tordoff has 278 points. The followers are Gordon Shedden (267), Matt Neal (265), Rob Collard (261), Mat Jackson (257), Andrew Jordan (247), Colin Turkington (241) and Jason Plato (220).