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Sam Tordoff takes his first WSR win in Oulton Park BTCC finale

Sunday, June 07 2015

Sam Tordoff won his first race since switching from MG to WSR in the final Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race at Oulton Park today (Sunday), ironically holding off the MG of Andrew Jordan to the finish line after the pair passed Matt Neal.

Poleman Adam Morgan made a clean getaway, and although fellow front row starter Tordoff ran alongside him into Old Hall, he was forced wide, letting Neal through into second place. Jordan, Gordon Shedden, Jason Plato, Aron Smith and Colin Turkington followed behind.

As he did at Thruxton, Morgan made a run for it in the opening laps, but just as he was building up a gap he was given a drive-through penalty for making a false start. The reply showed that he had jumped ahead before the lights went out, and he duly made his visit to the pitlane next time around.

This left Neal with a slender lead over Tordoff and Jordan, both of whom were yet to record their first wins of the season. The race settled down in the early laps, however, with only Andy Priaulx making any real progress, up to tenth place and attacking Jeff Smith.

On lap eight, Neal made a mistake at Lodge and Tordoff was through in an instant. This caused ripples down the field as Jack Goff attacked Turkington, and Rob Austin and Tom Ingram got together. Next time round Jordan muscled his way past Neal, and Turkington passed Aron Smith.

Coming out of the chicane on lap 11, Priaulx lost drive, and retired to the pits, promoting Ingram to tenth place. Meanwhile Jordan was catching Tordoff and as the Hondas held off the BMR trio and Goff, the 2013 champion worked on stealing the lead.

With two laps to go just three tenths separated the leading pair, but Tordoff extended it by a tenths for the final tour. He defended into the hairpin, however, and with Neal back on the chase, Jordan was torn between attacking and defending. Tordoff took a cautious line into Lodge and this was enough to give him his first win for WSR ahead of Jordan and Neal.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Race three
1, Sam Tordoff, WSR, BMW 125i M-Sport, 15 Laps
2, Andrew Jordan, MG 888 Racing, MG6 GT, +0.264s
3, Matt Neal, Honda Racing, Civic Type R, +0.766s
4, Gordon Shedden, Honda Racing, Civic Type R, +2.997s
5, Jason Plato, Team BMR, VW CC, +3.137s
6, Colin Turkington, Team BMR, VW CC, +3.831s
7, Aron Smith, Team BMR, VW CC, +4.381s
8, Jack Goff, MG 888 Racing, MG6 GT, +4.772s
9, Tom Ingram, Speedworks, Toyota Avensis, +7.105s
10, Jeff Smith, Eurotech, Honda Civic, +7.152s

Two wins for Plato gives him a slender three point advantage over erstwhile leader Shedden, with Neal a further five points behind.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship standings
1, Jason Plato, 157
2, Gordon Shedden, 154
3, Matt Neal, 149
4, Andrew Jordan, 144
5, Colin Turkington, 124
6, Adam Morgan, 114
7, Sam Tordoff, 111
8, Jack Goff, 104

The next major event at Oulton Park is TunerFest North on Saturday 11 July. Advance tickets are available for £12, with free entry for children under 13. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.