Sam Tordoff maiden victory BTCC Sentterton 2013 (c) BTCC

BTCC Snetterton 2013: Rookie Tordoff secures maiden victory

MG driver Sam Tordoff secured his maiden victory in his rookie season at last weekend’s BTCC Snetterton 2013 round.

Tordoff started from pole and capitalised on his excellent qualifying session, bringing home his MG6 at the head of the field. Having won at the Norfolk circuit during his time in the Renault Clio Cup and the Porsche Carrera Cup, Tordoff is no stranger to Snetterton and used all his knowledge to bring it home and stand on the top of the podium.

Tordoff’s MG teammate Plato followed in second to make it a one-two for the team, while Honda driver Gordon Shedden rounded out the podium in an uneventful race one.

Tordoff on his maiden victory:

“The first one is always special. I knew that if I got away well I’d have a great chance of winning and thankfully I did. A one-two is great for the team and it feels like I have ticked an important box with this maiden win.”

Andrew Jordan Snetterton 2013 BTCC win (c) BTCC

Race two was more fraught, however. Plato took an early lead and sustained his position until his MG pulled up with engine problems, meaning the fight was left to Andrew Jordan in his Honda Civic and Colin Turkington in his BMW. The two clashed late on in the race, with Jordan coming home first.

Matt Neal streaked from ninth place on the grid to score a solid points finish in second, while Aron Smith took his first podium of the season in his Ford Focus. It was an action-packed race, but more was yet to come.

With a repaired car, MG driver Plato was fighting for the lead on the opening lap of race three. However, pushing too hard his car spun out of control before smashing into a barrier.

This flipped the MG6 into a violent barrel roll, but thankfully the double BTCC champion walked away from the incident relatively unscathed. It doesn’t bode well for Plato’s assault on the 2013 BTCC title, however.

The race was restarted, but the drivers didn’t take it any easier. Shedden and Turkington were battling at the head of the field but touched, with Turkington again coming off the worst in his contact with another car.

Gordon Shedden win BTCC 2013 (c) BTCC

He slipped down the order while Shedden strolled home to take the win. Mat Jackson joined Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden on the podium in second, while race two podium finisher Aron Smith went from good to great, scoring another third place in race three.

Smith on his double podium last weekend:

“It’s unbelievable – this is the weekend our efforts deserved and it’s like our championship has finally started. The pace Mat and I had all weekend shows that all the work that we’ve put in is now starting to pay dividends, and we now have a package that can challenge at the front. I’m sure it made for some entertaining TV, but it was certainly frantic in the car!”

Honda Racing’s Matt Neal still sits atop the championship standings, with a nine point gap back to fellow Civic racer Andrew Jordan. Neal’s teammate Shedden lies in third another 13 points back of Jordan.