Kwik Fit | Wednesday 22nd May 2019 11:45am
The BTCC returned to Thruxton for the first of two race weekends at the fastest circuit. Boasting the high- speed Church corner, the circuit is a favourite with both fans and drivers. Andrew Jordan was the standout driver as he recorded victory in the first two races. This was the first time that Jordan had won two races at one circuit in over 5 years. The final race of the day belonged to Josh Cook who brought home his second victory of the 2019 Kwik Fit BTCC season. Continue reading to take a look back at all the action from Thruxton.
Saturday’s action saw Tordoff qualify on pole with a record breaking lap in the Honda Civic Type R followed by Dan Cammish and Andrew Jordan in second and third place. In the final seconds of the qualifying session, Tordoff pipped Dan Cammish into pole position. 2018 champion Colin Turkington also recorded strong times and finished qualifying in fourth place. The results of qualifying saw an all- Honda front row for the first race at Thruxton which they hoped to take advantage of.
Thruxton proved to be far more successful for Jordan than Donington Park. His new BMW 3 Series had to rebuilt ahead of Thruxton and the team’s hard work was rewarded with an early race win. Andrew Jordan, racing for BMW Pirtek Racing, overtook Sam Toroff on pole for the first race victory at Thruxton. From the start of the race, Jordan looked to have the pace to challenge the front of the grid as he passed Dan Cammish. Jordan made his move on Tordoff on lap 13 at Church taking advantage of Tordoff’s issues with his power steering. The rest of the race was comfortable for Jordan as he held off Tordoff and Cammish who finished up in second and third positions on the podium.
It was a double success for Andrew Jordan in the second race at Thruxton who started on pole and remained there for the rest of the race. His closest challenger was his team mate Colin Turkington in 2nd. Dan Cammish took the final position on the podium but wasn’t able to properly challenge the BMWs. Turkington went past both Dan Cammish and Sam Tordoff on the opening lap to put himself in contention for the top spot. However, Jordan managed to comfortably maintain his position at the front of the pack to take his second race win of the day.
The reverse grid draw saw Sutton on pole for the finale at Thruxton. However, he was overtaken by both Josh Cook and Rory Butcher to leave him in third place at the end of the race. The race was disjointed after two safety car restarts. However, Cook controlled the race from the re-start whilst Bucther passed Sutton. This was Cook’s second race win of the 2019 BTCC season in the new Honda Civic Type R FK8 for BTC Racing. Butcher overtook Sutton at Goodwood in lap five and tried to challenge Cook but Cook managed to maintain the race win.
After Thruxton, Butcher and Turkington are joint top of the table with Josh Cook in third place. Butcher leads both the Independents’ and Jack Sears trophies. Honda lead the manufacturer’s standings with Halfords Yuasa Racing top in the team standings. The BTCC moves to Croft for the next race weekend, Ash Sutton will be looking to replicate last season’s 2018 race win to challenge the top three drivers.
Dare to Be Different Initiative
Before the action of the race weekend took place, BTCC and Thruxton enabled over 100 schoolgirls to take a look around the cars and garages as part of the Dare to Be Different Initiative. The day was designed to encourage more girls to feel comfortable in the traditionally male dominated environment of motorsport. From engineering to media, the girls were given a glimpse of some of the career opportunities within the motorsport industry. They were also shown around the garages and cars of some of the BTCC’s biggest stars including Jason Plato and Tom Ingram. The day was capped by revealing the winners of the Pirelli Pit-Stop challenge and the best media presentation. The girls left Thruxton feeling inspired and engaged with motorsport.
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