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Jordan lifts touring cars title at Brands Hatch
3:53pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Sport
Andrew Jordan won the overall drivers championship and the independent title. PICTURES BY SIMON HILDREW.
ANDREW Jordan has been crowned the MSA British touring car champion after fighting his way into the top 10 in the final race of the season at Brands Hatch on Sunday.
Gordon Shedden did all he could with the race win, but Jack Goff starred with a fighting second place.
Rain fell immediately before the race began but this didn’t dampen Shedden’s spirits and he held onto his lead as Aron Smith and Goff battled it out.
Sam Tordoff spun into the barriers at Graham Hill bend as his team mate worked his way forward.
At the end of lap one, Jason Plato was sixth and Jordan 18th.
Goff was the only man to challenge Shedden on lap two as the Airwaves cars of Smith and Mat Jackson fought Dave Newsham for third place, with Plato lurking behind in the spray.
Meanwhile, Jordan and Matt Neal continued their respective surges through the grid.
While there was a lot of tension in the title battle, the real focus was on Goff’s attempts to take the lead.
Stalking Shedden through the Grand Prix loop on lap five, he already had the fastest lap so far, at least until Jordan took it to aid his cause, and looked a genuine contender.
Shedden slid at Graham Hill on lap six and Goff attacked into Surtees.
The 2013 debutant was taking all of the attention away from the championship battle.
This perhaps was helping Jordan, whose stealthy, yet assertive drive had hauled him into the top 10 and he now had Rob Collard, Adam Morgan, Plato and Colin Turkington directly ahead.
Jordan came past in ninth place on lap 10, as Plato began to lose places, dropping to tenth and the end of his challenge.
Jordan’s fastest lap would protect him if Shedden won and he didn't score.
However, he wasn't going to throw caution to the wind now.
Once again the focus was on the lead battle.
Goff hadn’t let Shedden out of his sights from the opening lap and was certainly faster than the reigning champion on several sections of the circuit.
The Scotsman had plenty of experience on his side, and the youngster had laid his marker, nevertheless he wasn't giving up.
However, Shedden managed to eke out a small gap to win, but second place for Team HARD in their final race as a Kent-based team was a fantastic result.
Jackson gave neighbouring Airwaves a podium too, with Turkington, Smith, Newsham, Morgan, and Collard leading the new champion on the road.
Jordan passed an emotional Pirtek team as he powered to the line ahead of Plato.
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