Knockhill BTCC: Jackson fends off Tordoff to win final race

Motorbase Performance’s Mat Jackson was forced to defend from start to finish to take his fourth win of the 2016 BTCC season, fighting off the BMWs of Rob Collard and later Sam Tordoff to win the third and final race of the day at Knockhill.

Knockhill BTCC: Jackson fends off Tordoff to win final race
Sam Tordoff, Team JCT600 with GardX
Andrew Jordan, Motorbase Performance
Aiden Moffat, Laser Tools Racing
James Cole, Subaru Team BMR
Ashley Sutton, MG Racing RCIB Insurance
Colin Turkington, Subaru Team BMR
Aiden Moffat, Laser Tools Racing
Jack Goff, Team IHG Rewards Club
Jason Plato, Subaru Team BMR

Jackson began the race from pole for the reversed top six grid at the Scottish circuit, but the safety car was out on lap one as Ashley Sutton’s MG spun and was beached in the gravel, requiring recovery.

When the race restarted, Jackson was fighting off West Surrey Racing BMW’s Collard, who was one of only three drivers running on the favoured Dunlop soft tyre for the final race, with Team BMR Subaru driver Colin Turkington right behind them.

The battle ended on lap eight, when Turkington made contact with the rear of Collard’s BMW at Clark’s curve, with Collard’s BMW terminally damaged and with Turkington’s Subaru falling to the back of the pack, going on to finish in 24th, well outside of the points.

The lead battle now was between Jackson and the two teammates of his previous opponents, Tordoff and Jason Plato, with Gordon Shedden now the best-placed of the soft-shod competitors.

Jackson was forced to put on a wily defence at the final corner on every lap with Tordoff trying every which way to get past the Ford driver, but to no avail.

Jackson went on to win the race by two-tenths of a second over Tordoff, with Plato on the podium for third time today.

Shedden finished fourth ahead of Honda teammate Matt Neal, with Rob Austin finishing sixth for Handy Motorsport in their Toyota Avensis ahead of the two Mercedes A-Classes of Adam Morgan and Aiden Moffat, with Motorbase’s Andrew Jordan and West Surrey Racing’s Jack Goff completing the top ten.

Tordoff leaves Knockhill with the lead of the drivers’ championship, nine points ahead of Honda’s Matt Neal, with Rob Collard dropping to third, 32 points adrift.

The next round of the championship takes place at the Rockingham circuit in two weeks’ time.

Race 3 results - Top 10:

 PosDriver Car Laps  Time  Delay 
Mat Jackson Ford 27 25'19.259  
Sam Tordoff BMW 27 25'19.495 0.236
Jason Plato Subaru 27 25'20.063 0.804
Gordon Shedden Honda 27 25'20.556 1.297
Matt Neal Honda 27 25'21.515 2.256
Rob Austin Toyota 27 25'23.192 3.933
Adam Morgan Mercedes 27 25'23.587 4.328
Aiden Moffat Mercedes 27 25'28.134 8.875
Andrew Jordan Ford 27 25'28.575 9.316
10  Jack Goff BMW 27 25'29.455 10.196

Neil Hudson / TouringCarTimes

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