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British Touring Cars – Sam Tordoff wins Race one at Snetterton

Sam Tordoff has taken his maiden victory in British Touring Cars after he dominated the first race at Snetterton.

The MG driver led from start to finish in what was quite a tame race, compared to the normal touring car standards. Tordoff’s teammate, Jason Plato finished second, just ahead of the 2012 champion, Gordon Shedden.

Colin Turkington came 4th in his BMW , with Andrew Jordan in the Honda Civic just behind him in 5th. Championship leader Matt Neal, who has been struggling all weekend, ended up crossing the finishing line in 9th place.

Sam Tordoff won his first ever Touring Car race at Snetterton

It was a great start from Tordoff, that saw the MG driver pull away from his rivals straight away. The fact that the five drivers behind him were all carrying success ballast, definitely helped Tordoff out. Colin Turkington also had a good start, overtaking Andrew Jordan for 4th place.

Last season’s podium finisher, Frank Wrathall, pulled up on lap 3 with a mechanical problem. Meanwhile at the front, Tordoff was pulling away from the chasing pack and had a 1.2 second lead.

As we reached the halfway point in the race, Shedden began to catch Plato but could not manage to find away past the MG. The next couple of laps saw mechanical retirements for James Kaye and Liam Griffin.

In the closing stages, the front five stayed in the same positions with nobody going for the overtake. The only bit of action on track was when Mat Jackson passed Neal for 8th place.

Shedden held off the BMW of Turkington on the last lap to finish on the podium alongside the two MG drivers.

Snetterton Race One Results:

  1. Tordoff
  2. Plato
  3. Shedden
  4. Turkington
  5. Jordan
  6. Smith
  7. Morgan
  8. Jackson
  9. Neal
  10. Collard
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