Andrew Jordan wraps up race one at Oulton Park
Andrew Jordan secured his second win of the season with a lights-to-flag victory in the opening race of the weekend at Oulton Park.
Jordan had qualified second on the grid behind Honda’s Matt Neal but got the jump at the start to lead into Old Hall for the first time.
Running the soft compound Dunlop tyre, Jordan managed to break away in the opening laps with Neal the only person able to stay in touch with the BMW as the field battled behind.
Posting the quickest lap, Neal closed in on Jordan as the laps ticked down but despite closing to within three tenths of a second by the final lap, the WSR man held on to secure victory.
The battle behind the top two was more frenetic however, with Aiden Moffat spending a large chunk of the race doing his best to defend from cars behind that were clearly quicker on track.
Moffat had taken third from Colin Turkington on the second lap of the race but found himself under ever increasing pressure from both the BMW driver and also a charging Ash Sutton who had moved up from sixth on the grid at the start.
Whilst Turkington tried to find a way through, he was open to attack from behind and Sutton duly took fourth at Knickerbrook on lap seven only to then drop back to fifth two laps later when Moffat forced him onto the grass on the exit of the Hairpin.
By the end of the lap however, Sutton had battled back ahead – going round the outside of Turkington at Lodge and then getting a run on Moffat over the start-finish straight before slotting into third at Old Hall.
Once ahead, Sutton pulled clear to clinch an impressive podium finish, with Moffat having to settle for fourth.
Turkington had looked good for fifth until he suddenly slowed on lap 13 and plummeted down the order, which allowed his WSR team-mate Rob Collard to instead clinch the place, with Mat Jackson’s Motorbase Ford and the Honda of Gordon Shedden close behind.
Shedden survived a late scare after contact from Josh Cook at Knickerbrook in the closing laps with Cook, Rob Austin and Jake Hill rounding out the top ten.
For points leader Tom Ingram, the race would prove to nothing short of a disaster, with the Toyota spinning off on lap one after a clash with Jack Goff and then going straight on at Island later on.
Ingram would eventually retire with damaged suspension and failed to score, although he retains an eight point lead in the championship.