Zircotec partners win two out of three opening BTCC races

Andrew Jordan took his Pirtek Racing Honda Civic to wins in the first two BTCC races of the year the second win came after getting the maximum ballast penalty of 45kg.

The addition of that extra weight was too much to overcome combined with the softer tyres the team used for the third race and Jordan had to settle for 13th in that final race. Jordan now takes a championship lead of 2 points into the second round to be held at Donington Park in three weeks time over the weekend of April 19th & 20th.

In the first race Jordan fought off the close attentions of Jason Plato in his MG who started second on the grid beside Jordan and ended the race in the same position. Matt Neal in the all new Yuasa Honda Civic Tourer came in third just ahead of his teammate and former champion Gordon Shedden. Winning is not without its consequences in BTCC and immediately brought about a weight penalty for the second race.

Despite the heavier car and two safety car sessions during the race Jordan was once again able to bring his Honda home first this time followed by Shedden who was getting to grips with his new car. Plato had stalled on the grid finally getting away 27th and ruining any prospects of a repeat performance. Colin Turkington in his BMW took the final podium position in race two with Matt Neal coming 4th.

Turkington took the win in the final race of the day having led in his eBay BMW almost from the start. Matt Neal finished the day with a 2nd place finish whilst Jason Plato overcame his woes of the second race to take the third place slot.

After the first round Andrew Jordan and his Pirtek Racing team lead the championship on 47 points from Matt Neal on 45 followed by Turkington on 44, Shedden with 40 and Plato on 38.