As Andrew Jordan takes the title in the 2013 British Touring Car Championship, we look back at one of the series' most unpredictable seasons so far
14 October 2013

Andrew Jordan has won the 2013 British Touring Car Championship.

Jordan's win brings to a close a season that has seen several drivers take centre stage, leaving the outcome of the championship unpredictable at best.

At the start of the season, Jordan set the fastest lap time and started on pole position for the race. He faced continued attacks from Jason Plato, however, which ended in both drivers going off into the gravel  on one of the final laps. Plato recovered first to take the lead ahead of Jordan, and also went on to win race two. Plato's success in winning both inaugural races was short lived, however, as Matt Neal won in race three.

Come the second round at Donington Park, Gordon Shedden took pole position, leading and winning the first race ahead of Andrew Jordan, with Matt Neal coming third. The second race of the day saw Plato and Neal celebrate their 400th and 500th BTCC races respectively. Jordan won the second race ahead of Plato and Shedden. The reversed grid in race three meant that Colin Turkington was able to take a much-deserved win.

Thruxton hosted the third round of the championship, with Jordan narrowly missing out on victory in the first race following a puncture. Matt Neal won the race, with Plato coming second and Tom Onslow-Cole coming third. Neal also won race two, having lead from the start. The third race of the day saw Plato suffer a puncture, meaning Shedden could take the win.

The first race of round four at Oulton Park saw a one-two victory for the MG KX Momentum Racing team, with Plato also winning race two. Race three saw a heavy battle between Rob Austin and Jeff Smith, with Jordan eventually out manoeuvring both cars to take the win.

Round five, hosted at Croft, saw Turkington beat Neal to victory in race one, and also win race two while other drivers suffered under the wet conditions. Race three was also beset by heavy rain, and the season midpoint finished with Neal winning with just a 0.6 second gap over Turkington, and Jordan coming home third.

Neal led the championship halfway through the race calendar, but that was to change during round six at Snetterton. Sam Tordoff made it another one-two win for the MG team during race one, while Jordan took another win in race two. Race three was won by Shedden after a drawn-out battle with Turkington.

Round seven at Knockhill  saw Jack Goff replaced by Kieran Gallagher due to financial reasons, while Paul O'Neill also made his return to the championship. Turkington continued his offensive, taking victory in race one and two, while Jordan lead the field from pole position to take victory in race three. Shedden was forced to retire from the final race following a vehicle fire, leaving second position open to team mate Neal. 

Rockingham saw some of the finest racing of the season so far as it hosted round eight, with Plato qualifying for pole position for race one. Come the start, Plato had a slow getaway, which following several incidents left the day open for Jordan, who went on to win two races with the third win going to Rob Austin.

The penultimate round at Silverstone saw the MG KX Momentum Racing team lock out the front row of the grid for race one, which Plato and Tordoff quickly converted into a first and second place win, while Plato also sailed to victory in race two. Despite starting on pole position, Neal was quickly passed by Turkington in race three, who lead the race until a safety car period allowed Shedden and Aron Smith to get past. Shedden claimed the final victory, meaning he was still in with a chance of taking the 2013 championship.

During this weekend's final race at Brand's Hatch, Jordan fended off attacks from Mat Jackson's Ford Focus as well as fan favourites Gordon Shedden and Jason Plato. Jordan started the final race at the back of the field in 24th position, and had to put in an incredible drive to catch the leaders. As front-runner Shedden fended off a late attack by Jack Goff, Jordan surged past to take the lead, and the championship.

The manufacturer's title went to Honda Yuasa Racing. BTCC organisers have already announced that the championship will return in 2014 with the same race calendar as this year. The first race of the new season kicks off at Brands Hatch on 29-30 March 2014.

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14 October 2013

More entertaining, no rattle throwers,good close racing,all over 15 laps per race,and there are 3 races at every round,plus, in between there are supporting races in other series,value for cash....?

Peter Cavellini.

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