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.
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