School maybe out but there is still a lot to learn in terms who will win what in the 2013 British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season. A crucial race three win for Andrew Jordan saw the Birmingham born driver move within three points of the current championship leader Matt Neal. Jordan now follows Neal by only three points in the championship as he searches for his maiden BTCC title in the final three race weekends of the season.
Unfortunately with their second driver Jeff Smith missing the Knockhill round, the Pirtek Racing team was unable to sneak past MG KX Momentum Racing into second place in the HiQ Teams Championship, where they remain 20 points adrift. All in all it was pretty much stay as you were in the Teams Championship with the only real winners being Honda Racing and eBay Motors who increased the gap from them to 2nd and 5th respectively.
However, it was Colin Turkington who caught HiQ’s eye after producing a superb display of pace of skill dominating the first two races. The Ulster man who started second on the grid after a strong qualifying performance, made his way past the Audi of Rob Austin in the early stages of the race and never looked back.
Race two saw Turkington yet again taste the champagne completing a dominant start to finish victory streaking clear of the field. He was joined on the podium by the same two opponents as race one but this time Rob Austin stopped Gordon Shedden taking two 2nd places in a row by keeping the Scotts man at bay.
The final race of the day did not disappoint and swung the championship momentum towards Andrew Jordan, who got one over on his title rival Matt Neal who finished in second place. Unfortunately Colin Turkington’s perfect weekend came to an abrupt end as his fourth place was taken away from him due to a technical infringement.
With Knockhill being the northern most point on the BTCC calendar it is safe to say that the teams now head south to complete the touring car season. With everything still to play for in the HiQ Teams Championship and the BTCC title race, the next round at Rockingham is set to be a tense one.