Jordan scores maiden BTCC win in Croft Race Three
BTCC Race Three, Croft.
ANDREW Jordan has claimed his first ever British Touring Car Championship victory in today's final race at Croft Circuit.
The Pirtek Racing driver led from lights to flag in the Vauxhall Vectra to claim an easy win and give former BTCC star dad Mike the ultimate Father's Day gift.
Second place went to Team Aon's Tom Onslow-Cole while Steven Kane extended his record of finishing on the podium at every round by crossing the line third in the Airwaves BMW.
The championship battle between famous rivals Matt Neal and Jason Plato stalled when Plato suffered a puncture on Lap three while running in third.
Neal had been languishing down in ninth but looked certain to boost his points lead as Plato limped into the pits to change the stricken right rear.
But in a bizarre twist of fate, Neal's attempts to move further through the pack were halted when he too picked up a puncture after turning in on Alex Macdowall after passing him on Lap 10.
Neal's Civic suffered a left front puncture which looked suspiciously like damage sustained in the shunt, and he too had to pit for a wheel change.
Although both made it back out, neither finished in the points, leaving nothing changed at the top since Race Two.
With Jordan grabbing pole from the reversed grid shake-up, Races One and Two winner Gordon Shedden in turn had to start from seventh.
Despite his best efforts, which saw him clamber up to fourth at one point, damage sustained in an earlier scuffle ended up costing him dearly. After losing several places, he was finally showed the black and orange flag on the penultimate lap.
Matt Neal now leads the championship on 119, with Plato on 111. Shedden has shot up to third with 100 with Tom Onslow-Cole close behind on 97 and Kane on 92