Two new race winners at Silverstone increased the BTCC record of winners in a season to an all-time high of 16. However, wins for Sam Tordoff and Aiden Moffat were insignificant in terms of the championship, but Tom Ingram’s win helped him close the gap to Colin Turkington by the end of the penultimate weekend of racing to 34 points.
Saturday saw a first Ford RS car pole position since 1990 as Tordoff produced the fastest time just ahead of Ricky Collard and Tom Chilton. Championship contenders qualified well down the pack with Turkington 18th, Ingram 19thand Ash Sutton 25th.
Race one: Collard made a good start, but found himself with nowhere to go at the first corner and was forced wide as Tordoff retained the lead. After a couple of laps, the safety car was called for to rescue a beached Josh Cook, but Tordoff re-started the race well. On lap 10, Turkington was 12thand in a gaggle of cars, while Sutton had just taken Ingram for 18th.
As Collard was taking fourth from Jack Goff on lap 11, there wasn’t such good fortune for his team mate, Andrew Jordan, who retired to the pits from third. Meanwhile, Tordoff’s lead was starting to be reduced by Chilton and soon Chilton was pressuring Tordoff heavily for the win, but in the end the Motorbase pair were happy to come home with a 1-2 for the first time in a few years. (more…)