Andrew Jordan held Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal at an arms-length throughout the opening race of the weekend to take victory. The BMW Pirtek Racing driver blasted off the line to pass Neal and began opening a gap.
Neal was able to keep the BMW in the hands of Colin Turkington behind as the top two then began pulling away when the battle for third began heating up. More than half a dozen cars were involved in the battle for third place. Turkington managed to pass Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat on the opening lap of the race. Adrian Flux with Subaru Racing’s Ashley Sutton made a stunning move to pass Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo’s Mat Jackson.
Two of the front runners and championship challengers endured tough and miserable opening laps of the race as both Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan and Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram both went off in separate incidents.
Moffat passed Turkington and Sutton began closing in on the two as they battled. Sutton made a superb move on lap seven where he slid his Subaru down the side of Turkington into Hislops as the latter attempted to pass Moffat.
Mat Jackson joined the queue of drivers fighting for third along with Team BMW’s Rob Collard and Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Gordon Shedden. The latter had been shuffled down the order by a similar move to what Sutton did at Hislops. The fight for the last podium position was building towards a tense climax, Moffat squeezed Sutton onto the grass which allowed Turkington to pass the two. Sutton was determined not to be denied, he first managed to go round the outside of Turkington into Lodge Corner and then repeated to pass Moffat at Old Hall on the same lap. Turkington had to eventually pull over with a mechanical issue that had hampered his sessions yesterday.
Up front Matt Neal began closing in on the lead BMW in the hands of Andrew Jordan. The triple champion ran out of time to pass for the lead, the two were separated by 0.284 seconds as they took the chequered flag.
Ashley Sutton ended the race in third ahead of Moffat in fourth, Collard in fifth and Jackson in sixth. Gordon Shedden held on to seventh despite late contact with Maximum Motorsport with Team Parker’s Josh Cook. Handy Motorsport’s Rob Austin finished the race in ninth ahead of TAG Racing’s Jake Hill in tenth.
2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 10 – Oulton Park
- Andrew JORDAN – BMW Pirtek Racing – 15 laps
- Matt NEAL – Halfords Yuasa Racing –+0.284s
- Ashley SUTTON-Adrian Flux Subaru Racing – +11.987s
- Aiden MOFFAT – Laser Tools Racing –+17.642s
- Rob COLLARD – Team BMW –+18.750s
- Mat JACKSON – Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo – +19.325
- Gordon SHEDDEN – Halfords Yuasa Racing –+20.259s
- Josh COOK – Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport – +20.561s
- Rob AUSTIN – Handy Motorsport –+21.469s
- Jake HILL – TAG Racing – +22.046s
- Michael EPPS – Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing – +25.005s
- Jason PLATO –Adrian Flux Subaru Racing – +26.141s
- Jeff SMITH – Eurotech Racing– +27.315s
- Ollie JACKSON – com with Cobra Exhausts– +27.452s
- Senna PROCTOR – Power Maxed Racing – +27.951s
- Aron TAYLOR-SMITH – MG Racing RCIB Insurance– +28.271s
- Stephen JELLEY – Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport– +28.856s
- Luke DAVENPORT – Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo– +29.057s
- Tom CHILTON – Power Maxed Racing – +31.032s
- Daniel LLOYD – MG Racing RCIB Insurance –+31.493s
- Jack GOFF –Eurotech Racing – +32.640s
- Josh PRICE – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing– +34.783s
- James COLE – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing – +35.365s
- Dave NEWSHAM – BTC Norlin Racing – +35.530s
- Will BURNS –Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing – +44.478s
- Martin DEPPER – Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo– +45.087s
- Ant WHORTON-EALES – com with Cobra Exhausts –+45.912s
- Adam MORGAN – Ciceley Motorsport –+48.900s
- Colin TURKINGTON – Team BMW– +52.479s
- NC Chris SMILEY – BTC Norlin Racing – +3 laps
- DNF – Tom INGRAM – Speedworks Motorsport – +4 laps
- DNF – Matt SIMPSON – Simpson Racing – +15 laps
Photo Credit: btcc.net
©Fay Tilley 21st May 2017