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 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, 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:
|1||Andrew Jordan||BMW 125i M Sport|
|2||Matt Neal||Honda Civic Type R||0.284|
|3||Ashley Sutton||Subaru Levorg GT||11.987|
|4||Aiden Moffat||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||17.642|
|5||Robert Collard||BMW 125i M Sport||18.75|
|6||Mat Jackson||Ford Focus ST MK.III||19.325|
|7||Gordon Shedden||Honda Civic Type R||20.259|
|8||Josh Cook||Ford Focus ST MK.III||20.561|
|9||Rob Austin||Toyota Avensis||21.469|
|10||Jake Hill||Volkswagen CC||22.046|
|11||Michael Epps||Volkswagen CC||25.005|
|12||Jason Plato||Subaru Levorg GT||26.141|
|13||Jeff Smith||Honda Civic Type R||27.315|
|14||Ollie Jackson||Audi S3 Saloon||27.452|
|15||Senna Proctor||Vauxhall Astra||27.951|
|16||Aron Taylor-Smith||MG6 GT||28.271|
|17||Stephen Jelley||Ford Focus ST MK.III||28.856|
|18||Luke Davenport||Ford Focus ST MK.III||29.057|
|19||Tom Chilton||Vauxhall Astra||31.032|
|20||Daniel Lloyd||MG6 GT||31.493|
|21||Jack Goff||Honda Civic Type R||32.64|
|22||Josh Price||Subaru Levorg GT||34.783|
|23||James Cole||Subaru Levorg GT||35.365|
|24||Dave Newsham||Chevrolet Cruze 4dr||35.53|
|25||Will Burns||Volkswagen CC||44.478|
|26||Martin Depper||Ford Focus ST MK.III||45.087|
|27||Ant Whorton-Eales||Audi S3 Saloon||45.912|
|28||Adam Morgan||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||48.9|
|29||Colin Turkington||BMW 125i M Sport||52.479|
|30||Chris Smiley||Chevrolet Cruze 4dr||3 laps|
|31||Tom Ingram||Toyota Avensis||4 laps|
|32||Matt Simpson||Honda Civic Type R||15 laps|