Jordan back in title hunt with third race win at Croft
BTCC News | Sun 29th June 2014The third race at Croft was an eventful one - and one that saw Andrew Jordan reignite his title defence with his first victory since the opening event of the season at Brands Hatch.
By Matt Lamprell
Jack Goff started the race from pole position, thanks to the top ten from race two being reversed to form the grid. It was a grid that was shaken up by penalties that were handed to both Matt Neal and Jason Plato after race two.
At the start, Goff’s lead was shortlived. The RCIB Insurance Racing driver suffered contact with Tom Ingram as they passed through the chicane for the first time. That handed the lead to Airwaves Racing’s Fabrizio Giovanardi, however, Giovanardi also didn’t remain at the front for long. The Ford Focus driver appeared to get a gentle tap to the rear from Andrew Jordan further round the lap, which was enough to see the Italian hit a tyre stack and run off onto the grass.
The various first lap incidents led to the deployment of the safety car. When the pack crossed the line to pick up the safety car, Jordan was in the lead, ahead of Goff and Collard.
The safety car was out on track for three laps before racing could resume, but when it did, Jordan continued to lead. Colin Turkington was up to sixth place from tenth on the grid, but any faint hopes of claiming a rare treble soon disappeared when he was forced to retire – the clutch on his BMW appearing to suffer the consequences of the new gear ratios forced upon the rear-wheel-drive runners at Croft.
At the front, Jordan was looking strong. However, just behind the Honda, Jack Goff lost out, first to Rob Collard and then to Mat Jackson.
Gordon Shedden was running fourth, and passed Mat Jackson for third on the penultimate lap, although the Honda driver was handed a penalty after the race that put him back behind the Ford.
After 17 laps, Jordan took the victory, ahead of Collard and Shedden. Jackson took third back from Shedden in the stewards’ office after the race. Adam Morgan claimed fifth, while Jack Goff eventually finished sixth. Nick Foster took an impressive seventh, ahead of Chrome Edition Restart Racing pair Alain Menu and Aron Smith. Jason Plato ended the weekend with a 10th place finish.
Andrew Jordan said, “We needed that. We really needed that. It’s great to get a win ahead of the summer break. It feels like that one has been a long time coming.”