Published: 09:00, 01 April 2014 |
Updated: 09:09, 01 April 2014
The British Touring Car Championship returned to Brands Hatch last weekend - and thousands of fans watched on as defending champion Andrew Jordan took the points lead after three thrilling races.
The Honda Civic driver showed his class in races one and two to grab a brace of wins before watching BMW driver Colin Turkington take the spoils in a frantic race three.
In dry and sunny conditions all weekend, Jordan pulled off a stunning lap in qualifying to claim pole for race one by just 0.012 seconds from Jason Plato (MG).
Jordan made a great start to the first encounter, leading into Paddock Hill Bend after surviving a tap from Turkington which pushed his car sideways.
He was chased by Plato throughout, but got to the flag first with Honda driver Matt Neal in third.
Race two was an event full of incident but Jordan stayed calm through two safety car periods to notch up another win.
Plato had a torrid start but salvaged 11th, whilst Honda driver Gordon Shedden and Turkington chased Jordan to the flag.
Jordan struggled on the soft tyre in race three and with success ballast on board finished 13th, leaving Turkington to take an impressive win from Neal and Plato after fending off his BMW teammates early on.
Elsewhere, Wrotham-based Airwaves Racing endured a mixed weekend with their three cars.
Touring car legend Fabrizio Giovanardi had his first event with the team and took a best result of 9th; Mat Jackson got 7th and newcomer Jack Clarke claimed 17th.
Post-race, Jordan said: "It's been a good weekend all round. We were a bit off on set-up in race three but to be leading the championship is great."
The next round is at Donington Park on 19-20 April before the series returns to Brands for the season finale on 11-12 October.
From academic achievements to engineering accolades and new facilities, Kent College offers students an outstanding school life.
Enter this month’s competition and you could win a luxurious return crossing!Sponsored editorial
There's no uniform or bells and students and staff are on first name terms. School life at Rochester Independent College is unique.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.