BMW Pirtek Racing's Andrew Jordan has won the opening British Touring Car Championship race of the day after inheriting the lead from Sam Tordoff late in the race at Thruxton.

The BMW 330i M Sport driver started the race from third on the grid and immediately jumped into second after making a superb getaway from the second row on the grid ahead of Honda's Dan Cammish.

Indeed, Jordan ran in second for the near entirety race, but a late battery issue for long term race leader Tordoff allowed the BMW to breeze past the ailing Honda Civic Type-R on the run up the last chicane on lap 12.

From that moment on, Jordan managed to pull a near two-second gap on Tordoff, to clinch his second victory of the season, just three-weeks after being side-lined from the Donington Park event following his race one shunt.

AmD Tuning's Tordoff managed to hang onto second position despite coming under serious pressure from the factory Honda of Cammish on the final lap of the race.

Just behind the podium finishers, reigning champion Colin Turkington kept a watching brief in fourth and jumps into the lead of the early championship battle by a single point ahead of Subaru's Ashley Sutton.

Rory Butcher scored further points with a top-five finish in fifth after successfully maintaining position ahead of two-time champion Jason Plato earlier in the race.

Plato spent the first half of the race glued to the rear of Butcher's Civic Type R, but the 96 time race winner's Vauxhall Astra dropped pace in comparison to the AmD Honda later in the race.

Matt Neal finished in seventh ahead of the sister Vauxhall Astra of Rob Collard in eighth, while Subaru's Sutton dropped to ninth after starting the opening race from seventh.

Neal and Sutton made contact mid-way through the race at the final chicane, which elevated the Honda ahead of the Subaru Levorg.

Jake Hill completed the top-ten order for the squad in tenth.


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