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Thruxton BTCC: Tordoff takes first win in almost a year, Plato punished

Sam Tordoff won the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Thruxton from pole position, as second-place starter Jason Plato was relegated to 17th after a penalty.

The AmD Tuning driver's 0.4-second victory over Dan Cammish earned the team its third series win, all scored this season, and Tordoff's eighth - having last triumphed in the opening Silverstone race last season.

Tordoff had led the first race at Thruxton earlier in the year before an alternator failure sapped his car's power and dropped him behind Andrew Jordan.

This time around, Plato was a match for Tordoff off the line and attempted to pass for the lead around the outside on the run through to Allard. But as the pack headed on to the Complex, Tordoff's inside line meant he could edge ahead in the braking zone to consolidate first place.

Plato remained in Tordoff's tow for the remainder of the lap but was then was forced to serve a drivethrough penalty for a startline infringement.

The double BTCC champion had stopped his Vauxhall Astra with its front bumper ahead of the line denoting his grid slot - falling foul of a new regulation brought in for the 2019 season.

With Plato dropped to the back, it allowed the FK8 Honda Civic Type R of Dan Cammish to give chase after Tordoff - the latter driving the older FK2 ex-Team Dynamics Civic.

Tordoff crossed the line with a 0.843s advantage and although the race pace dropped, he held on to the victory as the 30kg of success ballast aboard Cammish's car hampered his pace on the abrasive asphalt.

Thanks to a change in engineering staff, the Ciceley Motorsport team's new-found pace carried over from Saturday, with Adam Morgan crossing the line third.

The Mercedes A-Class pressured Cammish for much of the final third but was unable to take advantage.

The BTC Racing FK8 Civic of Josh Cook was fourth, while a ballast-free Tom Oliphant bagged rear-wheel-drive honours for the BMW 330i M Sport in fifth place.

Plato's team-mate Rob Collard was sixth ahead of the second AmD Civic of Rory Butcher.

Matt Neal took advantage of Ashley Sutton's pass on Jordan through Church to climb to eighth.

Honda driver Neal had started in 17th, but when Sutton compromised Jordan's line he snuck through and then used his superior straight-line speed to demote the Subaru Levorg also.

Behind Sutton, the top 10 was completed by Chris Smiley with Tom Ingram in 11th.

Title contender Jordan and points' leader Colin Turkington struggled with their success ballast to 12th and 13th.

Plato eventually recovered to 17th.

Race one result

PosDriverTeamCarLapsGap
1Sam TordoffAmD TuningHonda1620m55.872s
2Dan CammishTeam DynamicsHonda160.403s
3Adam MorganCiceley MotorsportMercedes160.714s
4Josh CookBTC RacingHonda161.208s
5Tom OliphantWSRBMW163.189s
6Rob CollardPower Maxed RacingVauxhall164.660s
7Rory ButcherAmD TuningHonda168.923s
8Matt NealTeam DynamicsHonda1610.562s
9Ash SuttonBMR RacingSubaru1610.863s
10Chris SmileyBTC RacingHonda1611.446s
11Tom IngramSpeedworks MotorsportToyota1612.883s
12Andrew JordanWSRBMW1613.422s
13Colin TurkingtonWSRBMW1615.118s
14Bobby ThompsonTeam HardVolkswagen1617.272s
15Ollie JacksonMotorbase PerformanceFord1618.034s
16Jake HillTrade Price Cars RacingAudi1619.126s
17Jason PlatoPower Maxed RacingVauxhall1622.321s
18Aiden MoffatLaser Tools RacingInfiniti1625.134s
19Stephen JelleyTeam Parker RacingBMW1625.337s
20Daniel RowbottomCiceley MotorsportMercedes1625.837s
21Matt SimpsonSimpson RacingHonda1627.670s
22Tom ChiltonMotorbase PerformanceFord1629.823s
23Michael CreesTeam HardVolkswagen1638.288s
24Jack GoffTeam HardVolkswagen1638.454s
25Rob SmithExcelr8 MotorsportMG1639.463s
26Nicolas HamiltonMotorbase PerformanceFord1641.643s
27Mark BlundellTrade Price Cars RacingAudi1646.446s
28Sam OsborneExcelr8 MotorsportMG1648.601s
29Senna ProctorBMR RacingSubaru161m04.720s
30Carl BoardleyTeam HardVolkswagen151 Lap
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