Just like in the opening race of the day, Rob Austin started the race from third on the grid but that’s where the similarities end as he guided ‘Sherman’ to his first win of his Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Rockingham Motor Speedway.
Rob Austin made a brilliant start and leapfrogged both Andrew Jordan and Mat Jackson to lead heading into the first corner and there was no looking back as Austin managed to hold a lead of over three seconds to take the win.
“Finally it’s happened,” said Austin following the race. “It feels so good. We’ve put so much work into this and after three years of blood, sweat and tears its happened and it’s so worth it.”
Speaking of the improvements that they’ve made to the car Rob said, “We kept going back to the Brands Hatch setup and it’s seemed to work. We’ve evolved it and here we are and it’s brilliant to finally have that consistently. I’m so happy.”
Gordon Shedden did his championship assault the world of good as he brought his Honda Racing Honda Civic home in 2nd place. The Scot drove a stellar race to move ahead of both Andrew Jordan and Mat Jackson but he just didn’t have the pace to catch the Audi A4 of Rob Austin and had to settle for 2nd place.
Like Gordon Shedden, Colin Turkington managed to score a good points haul from the second race of the day. The former champion finished the race on the final step of the podium after starting from 6th on the grid.
Mat Jackson will be happy with his performance and another good points haul. Despite dropping two places to finish fourth in the Airwaves Ford Focus, he was able to keep the MG’s of both Sam Tordoff and Jason Plato behind after coming under increasing amounts of pressure during the latter stages of the race. Both Sam Tordoff and Jason Plato had to settle for 5th and 6th respectively with Dave Newsham in 7th.
Andrew Jordan proved that the success ballast really does have an effect on the handling characteristics of the car as he dropped from pole position down to 10th but crossed the line in 8th and claimed those all important points for his championship challenge.
Once again it was another bad day at the office for Matt Neal as he was forced to retire. Running as high as 5th, Matt followed Rob Collard off the track at the Deene Hairpin and making contact with the BMW 3-series which caused terminal damage to the Honda Civic and ending his race.
After starting from the back of the grid, Tom Onslow-Cole was able to keep himself out of trouble and brought the Airwaves Racing Ford Focus over the line for 9th place ahead of the Honda Civic of Jeff Smith who rounded out the top ten.
Following the draw for the third race grid it was Andrew Jordan’s number that was pulled out of the hat which will mean that the top 8 finishers from race two will be reversed which will see the championship leader start from pole position.
Following the second race of the day Andrew Jordan has increased his lead to 19 points with a total of 316 ahead of Gordon Shedden who’s leap frogged his team-mate Matt Neal who lie on 297 and 295 respectively. Colin Turkington and Jason Plato are 4rd and 5th respectively on 288 and 261 points.
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