BTCC looks back: Thruxton 2019
This week on BTCC looks back, we’re talking about Thruxton and Croft!
Firstly, on to Thruxton: The weekend kicked off with the Hampshire circuit playing host to over 100 schoolgirls as Dare to be Different put on an action-packed day of activities designed to inspire more girls to get into motorsport.
Once the racing got underway, Andrew Jordan scored his first Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship double success in more than five years as the BMW Pirtek Racing driver dominated early proceedings at Thruxton, before BTC Racing’s Josh Cook won the final race.
Jordan impressively bounced back from a dismal outing at Donington Park previously, which saw his car heavily damaged in a multi-car accident. The 29-year-old was forced to sit on the sidelines as his BMW stable-mate Colin Turkington took two wins at the Leicestershire circuit, but this was Jordan’s time to shine at the UK’s fastest track.
The Midlander eventually got the better of pole-sitter Sam Tordoff in the opener after initially blasting his new BMW 3 Series off the line and into second, getting by Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish.
The front-runners held station for almost the entire race until Tordoff’s AmD-run Civic wiggled slightly through Church on lap 13 of 16. Jordan eyed his chance and comfortably slipped by, although it later transpired that Tordoff’s car was suffering from power steering problems.
Jordan eased away in the closing laps to claim his second win of the season, ahead of Tordoff and Cammish.second race of the day after leading from start to finish.
The 2013 champion made a strong getaway from pole position and never really looked back, despite being kept honest by Turkington in the sister 330i M Sport over the 16-lap encounter. Cammish completed the podium for the second successive time.
BTC Racing’s Cook earned his second BTCC victory of the season following a commanding display in the Thruxton finale.
Cook squeezed his Honda Civic Type R (FK8) alongside Ash Sutton’s pole-sitting Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Levorg on the opening lap and edged past at the first chicane.
The Bath racer had to contend with two safety car periods, as well as the race-long attentions of Rory Butcher and Sutton, but he held on brilliantly to keep his title challenge well on track.
Sutton was looking to score his first win of the season and looked racy early on, but he eventually conceded second place through Church as the Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Honda of Butcher nipped up the inside through one of Britain’s most challenging corners. That eye-catching move also helped the Scotsman to take joint-lead of the overall Drivers’ standings, alongside Turkington, who both sat just two points ahead of Cook – though the Northern Irishman headed the way on races won.
Honda/Halfords Yuasa Racing topped both the Manufacturers’ and Teams’ standings.
Butcher headed the Independent Drivers’ order and the Jack Sears Trophy, whilst BTC Racing led the Independent Teams’ table leaving the Hampshire circuit.
Head to btcc.net on Friday for BTCC looks back heads to Yorkshire for event four of 2019, at Croft.