Round 3 of the BTCC kicked off today at Thruxton Race Circuit in Hampshire, and it wasn’t looking good with the Fords struggling in qualifying. Andrew Jordan started 8th on the grid for Race 1, and was going well in 4th position when Honda man Matt Neal suffered a puncture, and cut the final corners in order to beat the rest of the field to the pit entrance. Unfortunately for Neal, Tom Ingram stuck his Toyota up the inside effectively blocking Neal from entering the pit lane, who was then collected by Josh Cook in the MG. Cook lost control and connected with another of the Honda’s, this time Gordon Shedden, who was spun into the pit wall at high speedm whilst Neal hit again by one of the Toyota’s, sending him onto the grass along the finish straight. Due to the debris across the track the red flag was shown, meaning Adam Morgan in the Mercedes won, followed by Tom Ingram and Andrew Jordan in the ST.
Race 2 started with Jordan 3rd on the grid, behind Morgan and Ingram, who started to slightly creep across the line before the start and was judged to have committed a false start, and given a drive through penalty. It was then a case of Jordan trying to catch Morgan, whose car finally started to struggle with the extra ballast, allowing Jordan to pass him on lap 11. Morgan then began to drop through the pack, but managed to hold off and manage third position, behind Rob Collard in the BMW.
Race 3 was another good race for Ford, with Mat Jackson’s Motorbase ST able to pass the Proton of Dan Welch off the line, and was able to lead in relative comfort for the rest of the race, becoming the second driver of the year to become a double winner. Matt Neal celebrated a well earned second place after his dismal first race, and Adam Morgan took the last step on the podium.
Overall a good week for Motorbase Performance with a win for each of their drivers. Next up is round 4 at Oulton Park on the 04/05 June.