Sam Tordoff’s hopes of lifting his first British Touring Car Championship title took a dent when he suffered a frustrating weekend at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk.
The Leeds driver could only manage seventh and eighth placed finishes in the first two races of the day but received a massive boost when he was drawn to be on pole position for the final race.
However, on the warm-up lap Tordoff suffered a broken prop shaft and retired in the pits before the race even started.
The three races were won by Colin Turkington, Matt Jackson and Gordon Shedden.
Tordoff now trails BMW team-mate Rob Colllard by two points in the championship standings with triple champion Matt Neal just three points behind in third.
There was drama at the start of the third BTCC race as Hunter Abbott’s Chevrolet Cruze barrel-rolled into a TV tower which crashed to the ground.
Fortunately, the ITV cameraman walked away from the incident and did not need medical attention.
The accident occurred when Team BKR’s Mark Howard and Team Parker Racing’s Alex Martin made contact sending Martin into the pit wall. Abbott took avoiding action but clipped Howard and was launched into a fence before hitting the camera tower.
Elsewhere at Snetterton, Morley’s Dan Cammish enjoyed another two superb victories in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB to increase his advantage at the top of the championship standings.