BTCC, Brands Hatch

BTCC: Podium finishes for WSR to start the new season.

Fans of the British Touring Car Championship were treated to a turbulent start to the 2018 season in Brands Hatch.

The BMW drivers from the West Surrey Racing team, which celebrated the Team and Constructors’ titles in the previous season, were among the main protagonists on the short Indy circuit. In the first of three races on Sunday, Colin Turkington was involved in a battle for the lead in his BMW 125i M Sport, right to the finish line. He missed out on the win by just 0.547 seconds, claiming second place. His team-mate Andrew Jordan joined him on the podium by finishing third. Rob Collard crossed the line in 15th position. Stephen Jelley of Team Parker Racing, also competing in a BMW 125i M Sport, finished in 22nd place.

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BTCC, Andrew Jordan

Changeable weather conditions turned the field on its head in the second race. It had rained before the start and Jordan was involved in a three-way battle for the lead, having moved ahead during the first half of the race. Conditions then changed dramatically as the circuit dried out and the leading pack fell back, with no chance of improvement on wet-weather tyres. Jordan crossed the line in 21st place. Collard finished in 26th position, Turkington in 27th and Jelley was forced to retire from the race. These results defined the grid positions for the third and final race. Turkington began the chase and worked his way up to ninth place at the chequered flag. Jordan was 17th, Jelley finished 23rd. Collard retired.

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