Gordon Shedden won the third race of the day at Oulton Park but the biggest cheer was reserved for Andrew Jordan who managed to hang on to third spot to make his first visit to the BTCC podium. Championship leader Fabrizio Giovanardi finished sixth as SEAT suffered further reliability issues, with Jason Plato managing just ninth position.
The start was delayed when Chris Stockton indicated he was unable to get away from the grid. After a second green flag lap, Andrew Jordan led away from pole position, ahead of Gordon Shedden and Mat Jackson. Adam Jones was fourth, with Steven Kane in fifth.
Kane looked like he might be on for a repeat of his Snetterton podium performance after his strong start, but his hopes were dashed when he was spun out of the race at Knickerbrook on the opening lap. Tom Chilton appeared to lose all brakes and shot down the inside of the chicane, hitting Kane hard and leaving him stranded in the middle of the track, where he was collected by Jason Plato, breaking the rear-left suspension on the Motorbase BMW.
The safety car was brought out as the debris was collected from the chicane. Chilton retired on the spot, but Kane was somehow able to bring the BMW back to the pits.
Kane said, ďI didnít know how bad it was. I thought I would try and bring it back to see if the guys could get me back out, but itís terminal. I havenít a clue what happened. I turned in; I got rammed, got rammed again and got rammed again. Iím not sure who did what, but someone made a massive mistake.Ē
At the restart, Andrew Jordan continued to lead, but only for just over a lap. Gordon Shedden passed the Team Eurotech driver into Old Hall on the lap five to take the lead of the race. Shedden was never troubled from that point and went on to win relatively comfortably.
Andrew Jordan meanwhile, found himself under near-constant pressure from third-placed Mat Jackson. At one point, Jordan was followed by a train of five cars as Jackson, Adam Jones, Matt Neal and Fabrizio Giovanardi all sensed that second position could be up for grabs.
As it turned out, a Jackson challenge on Jordan on lap eight slowed the BMW enough for Jones to move through into third spot. That changed little for Andrew Jordan though, except that it was now a Leon in his rear view mirror.
With dad Mike watching on after his own car was damaged in the opening race, Jordan Jnr showed sackfuls of skill to hold on to second spot. But as the race drew to a close, the Integra started to slide around a little, which gave Adam Jones the chance he had been looking for to steal away second position. Youngster Jordan could have folded at this point, but he clung on to the final podium position all the way to the chequered flag, beating Mat Jackson by just under two tenths of a second.
At the end of the race, there was victory for Gordon Shedden, from independent drivers Jones, Jordan and Jackson. Matt Neal was the leading works finisher in fifth, just ahead of teammate Fabrizio Giovanardi. Colin Turkington rounded off the weekend in seventh, while Rob Collard scored an impressive eighth from the back of the grid. Jason Plato crossed the line ninth, with Jason Hughes in tenth.
Heading to Knockhill in three weeks time, Fabrizio Giovanardiís championship lead is extended to a massive 44 points over Jason Plato.