Oulton Opener: Andrew Jordan Beats Neal with Sutton Third

Ryan Ashenhurst
Ryan Ashenhurst
Ryan Ashenhurst
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Andrew Jordan was able to jump polesitter Matt Neal at the start, the BMW’s always good off the line. Elsewhere on the opening lap, Tom Ingram, the Championship leader was off after an incident with Jack Goff’s Eurotech Honda.

As Andrew Jordan tried to build a gap over Matt Neal in 2nd, Aiden Moffat pulled an opportunistic move on Colin Turkington going into the island bend. Further back, Ash Sutton was flying in the Subaru, setting the fastest lap after four laps and with Colin Turkington in the crosshairs. There was also a fight for 6th developing between Shedden, Jackson, Collard and Josh Cook in the Ford Focus.

With the battle between Turkington and Sutton continuing, it was clear that the BMW was building a small gap in the first sector, but Sutton was much stronger on the rest of the lap, and the Levorg was being frustrated by Turkington’s excellent defence. It gave Moffat a bit of breathing space in 3rd.

On lap 7, Turkington sized up Moffat at Hizzy’s Chicane, but in doing so, opened a small door for Ash Sutton, who pulled off a great overtake to claim 4th. Further back, Rob Collard, who had qualified well on Saturday, was able to clear Josh Cook.

On lap 10, Aiden Moffat went wide at the final corner and Sutton was trying to overtake with the speed differential on the straight, but the young Scot in the Mercedes was a bit naughty, and left the Subaru driver on the grass. A racing incident if anything, the BTCC doesn’t usually penalise for incidents that don’t really change the race.

On the following lap, Sutton overtook Moffat for 3rd around the outside of Old Hall Corner, and as soon as he was past, he pulled a huge gap. By lap 13, Colin Turkington suffered damage to the front after locking up and shunting Moffat, it promoted Mat Jackson to 4th, who was leading a top ten train of Collard, Shedden, Cook, Hill and Austen. Jackson tried to make a move at the hairpin and lined up alongside Moffat, but the Mercedes was planted on the inside line, with Collard following him, which brought the BMW past the Ford of Jackson for 5th.

On the final lap, Matt Neal was within half-a-second of Andrew Jordan, who was able to hold on for his second victory  of the season. Ash Sutton secured a Subaru podium with 3rd, Aiden Moffat had a very strong defensive race, and finished 4th.

Rob Collard made gains and finished a strong 5th, followed by Mat Jackson, Gordon Shedden, Josh Cook, Rob Austin and Jake Hill rounding out the top ten.

In the context of the Championship, Gordon Shedden was the big winner after the Oulton opener with Tom Ingram and Colin Turkington suffering with issues in the race and finishing outside the points.