Race two

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Talk about a res­ur­rec­tion. When Tordoff crossed the fin­ish line in fifth place at the end of the open­ing lap of race two, up from 10th on the grid, it was game on.

The waters had parted for him as Plato, Turk­ing­ton and Cook con­trived to col­lide go­ing into the Deane hair­pin, and that opened the way for those in the lat­ter part of the top 10 to make huge strides.

Plato was prag­matic af­ter the con­tact. “I was de­fend­ing the in­side line and be­cause you are on a tighter line, you have to brake early,” ex­plained the Levorg driver. “Peo­ple who are on the out­side are go­ing faster and they came across for the apex, and I was still there. I can’t change my tra­jec­tory at that point. It is the na­ture of the beast when you come to a cir­cuit like this, I guess.”

Plato pit­ted for re­pairs, re­turned to the track and then pit­ted for good. Turk­ing­ton con­tin­ued and then spun dra­mat­i­cally at Turn One, while Cook’s dam­age was also ter­mi­nal.

What also helped Tordoff to climb the or­der was the ham­strung Shed­den grab­bing the lead from the off. The Scots­man had ques­tioned how the Honda would work with the harder rub­ber in race two and the 75kg of suc­cess bal­last. He got his an­swer quickly: very badly.

Jack­son had 66kg of bal­last on, but cou­pled with the nor­mal tyres and he used them well. He lunged in­side Shed­den for the lead at the hair­pin on lap two and quickly scam­pered 1.2s clear of the rest. It took Jor­dan an­other tour to usurp Shed­den, and Tordoff man­aged it al­most straight away too.

Tordoff was the man on the move. “We had made some set-up changes to the car be­cause we were run­ning with no weight, and the car was beau­ti­ful,” he ex­plained. I could put it just where I wanted it.”

Where he wanted it was on the in­side Jor­dan when the Ford man made a slight er­ror at Tarzan and Tordoff was through for sec­ond. Two laps later, the BMW man per­formed a copycat move on Jack­son to grab the top spot and race to his sec­ond vic­tory of the sea­son.

“I think the Fords worked out that I had more pace than them,” said Tordoff. “They didn’t put up much of a fight.”

The Mo­tor­base Ford team worked out that Col­lard, who had climbed to fourth the sec­ond WSR BMW on lap six, could also cause them prob­lems.

Jor­dan ex­plained: “We got the call over the ra­dio that Col­lard was com­ing, and we were told to play nicely. Mat saw me com­ing and gave me room: af­ter all, he is go­ing for the cham­pi­onship.”

It was just as well that they did too. Col­lard’s pace meant he jumped Jack­son at the hair­pin with four laps re­main­ing, but Jor­dan had pushed him­self nar­rowly out of reach of the Ger­man car by the time the flag fell.

TIME

26m36.324s +2.561s +2.869s +8.741s +9.165s* +12.144s +14.072s +18.244s +23.899s +24.168s

TIME

29m49.905s +0.400s +0.572s +3.491s +4.519s +4.936s +5.686s +6.227s +10.578s +10.899s

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