Andrew Jordan claimed his first victory of the season in the second race of the day at Snetterton after taking advantage of a late clash between Jason Plato and Matt Neal to snatch the lead on the penultimate lap.
When the lights went out Plato made another good getaway to lead comfortably into the first corner, Riches. Fellow front row starter Frank Wrathall made a poor start and dropped down to fifth, losing places to Jordan, Neal and Tom Onslow-Cole. Wrathall responded fairly quickly by overtaking Onslow-Cole and regaining fourth position.
Back at the front Jordan and Neal began to catch Plato but it was Neal who made the first move diving down the inside of Jordan at Agostinis to take second. Neal then began to put a huge amount of pressure on Plato but was unable to find a way through. Meanwhile Neal’s Honda team mate Gordon Shedden was on a charge, passing Onslow-Cole and Wrathall to move into fourth and closing in on Jordan in search of a podium position.
The front four ran line astern and as they started lap eleven of twelve it was clear that Neal was now much faster than Plato. As they got to Corum, Neal had an ambitious look to the inside and tapped the back of Plato sending him sideways. Plato displayed quality car control to bring the front of his MG around. Neal slipped into the lead with Plato second but as they headed to the next corner, Murray’s, Plato retaliated, running into the back of Neal and sending him off the circuit. Plato also ran a bit wide and this allowed Jordan and Shedden to pass both of them as they recovered back on to the circuit. Plato rejoined third with Neal sixth as Wrathall and Onslow-Cole managed to also get through but moments later they collided as they started their final lap and Neal took advantage to make his way back to fourth.
Jordan had enough of a gap to Shedden to be sure of the win if he kept his car on the circuit for the final lap and he did just that to end a winless run that stretches back to Donington Park last year, an amazing 41 races ago.
Shedden was second ahead of Plato and Neal while Wrathall backed up his podium finish in the first race with a strong fifth place finish in the second. Mat Jackson was sixth to notch another impressive result for Redstone Racing’s brand new NGTC spec Ford Focus.
Onslow-Cole finished seventh ahead of thecharging Dave Newsham who came from the back of the grid to finish eighth. Lea Wood and Aron Smith completed the top ten.
After the race the reverse grid draw was made and number nine came out of the pot which means that Lea Wood will start from pole position for race three.
The final race of the day begins at 17:05 and can be seen live on ITV4.
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Photo Credit: Jonathan Hobley