Gordon Shedden takes victory in torrentially wet Donington finale

Gordon Shedden takes victory in torrentially wet Donington finale

Gordon Shedden

Gordon Shedden has provisionally won a disrupted final race at Donington Park plagued by torrentially wet conditions, with Colin Turkington second and Adam Morgan took third.

Shedden got the better of pole-sitter Dave Newsham around the outside of Redgate after the restart, before extending an advantage he would comfortably retain to the chequered flag.

It was Shedden’s Honda team-mate Matt Neal who initially bested the BTC Norlin Chevrolet Cruze on the first attempt to start the race, before the three-time champion spun away his advantage after losing the rear of the Type R at McLeans, subsequently beaching the car in the gravel.

With a host of other cars off slightly further back at the Old Hairpin, including contact after Rob Collard was tipped into a spin by Tom Chilton and Jack Goff had nowhere to go, race officials took the decision to suspend the race under red flags.

Neal attempted to rejoin the field, assembled in it’s original order, after being hauled from the gravel by a recovery vehicle. BTCC regulations state a driver must return to the grid without mechanical asisstance, and as a result Neal was instructed to leave the grid and retire from the race.

The restart will have frustrated Maximum Motorsport after Josh Cook capitalised on the initial carnage to put his Ford Focus ST second in another strong showing of pace and opportunism from the former MG racer.

A safety car was scrambled less than a lap after the restart, with Mat Jackson and Matt Simpson making contact on the left-hand side of Hollywood, and Jeff Smith tangling with Aiden Moffat on the right.

Once Shedden pulled clear, third-placed Turkington sat frustrated behind Newsham, and even once released from the wheel tracks of the Cruze he was unable to make any serious inrodes into the defending champion’s lead.

Daniel Lloyd became the next retirement as he went straight on in an attempt to best Tom Ingram, heading straight down the Craners Curves into the gravel at the Old Hairpin, beaching his MG6 GT in the process.

The dispute over third place proved the most captivating towards the conclusion, with Sutton initially passing Newsham only to be pegged back at Redgate. Adam Morgan made it three abreast for the final step on the rostrum heading into the final chicane on the last lap, boisterously steering the Mercedes into third spot.

Shedden’s win, however, remains provisional as the Scot was subsequently excluded for having failed the ride-height check – although the team are appealing on the basis that it was caused by accident damage.

The net result of all three races at Donington Park sees Gordon Shedden take a slender three-point advantage to Thruxton next month.

UPDATe – Shedden formally excluded from race three result.

Race result

POSNOCLDRIVERNATENTRANTCARLAPSTIME/GAPBESTGD
152MGordon SHEDDENHalfords Yuasa RacingHonda Civic Type R1723:52.0961:20.3923
24MColin TURKINGTONTeam BMWBMW 125i M Sport174.5851:20.7344
333Adam MORGANCiceley MotorsportMercedes-Benz A-Class1714.0611:20.88411
4116MAshley SUTTONAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT1714.2221:21.1556
517Dave NEWSHAMBTC Norlin RacingChevrolet Cruze1715.0771:21.4711
680Tom INGRAMSpeedworks MotorsportToyota Avensis1715.3541:21.3368
731Jack GOFFEurotech RacingHonda Civic Type R1715.5611:20.8579
866Josh COOKTeam Parker with Maximum MotorsportFord Focus1719.4941:21.1755
916Aiden MOFFATLaser Tools RacingMercedes-Benz A-Class1720.0851:20.94714
1040MÁrón TAYLOR-SMITHMG Racing RCIB InsuranceMG6GT1720.421:20.91218
1118MSenna PROCTORPower Maxed RacingVauxhall Astra1723.2571:21.34319
1224Jake HILLTAG RacingVolkswagen CC1725.5421:21.32326
135MRob COLLARDTeam BMWBMW 125i M Sport1726.0881:21.5657
1411Rob AUSTINHandy MotorsportToyota Avensis1729.9311:21.12131
152MTom CHILTONPower Maxed RacingVauxhall Astra1732.4861:21.71110
1648Ollie JACKSONAmDtuning.com with Cobra ExhaustsAudi S31733.2511:21.89529
1799MJason PLATOAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT1734.9191:21.25020
1822Chris SMILEYBTC Norlin RacingChevrolet Cruze1741.3131:21.53217
1977MAndrew JORDANBMW Pirtek RacingBMW 125i M Sport1743.9711:20.84215
207Stephen JELLEYTeam Parker with Maximum MotorsportFord Focus1745.6551:21.56422
21303MMatt SIMPSONSimpson RacingHonda Civic Type R1746.9851:21.95930
2212Mike EPPSAutoaid / RCIB Insurance RacingVolkswagen CC1749.1931:22.04523
2320MJames COLEAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT1751.1591:22.18924
2428MJosh PRICEBMR Racing AcademySubaru Levorg GT1751.6421:21.85028
2530Martin DEPPERTeam Shredded Wheat Racing with DuoFord Focus1755.891:22.07725
26300Luke DAVENPORTTeam Shredded Wheat Racing with DuoFord Focus1756.7091:22.37016
2710Ant WHORTON-EALESAmDtuning.com with Cobra ExhaustsAudi S3161 Lap1:23.38812
R23MDaniel LLOYDMG Racing RCIB InsuranceMG6GT107 Laps1:20.51121
R55Jeff SMITHEurotech RacingHonda Civic Type R98 Laps1:22.28713
R61Will BURNSAutoaid / RCIB Insurance RacingVolkswagen CC413 LapsN/A27
R3Mat JACKSONTeam Shredded Wheat Racing with DuoFord Focus0DNFN/A32
R25MMatt NEALHalfords Yuasa RacingHonda Civic Type R0DNFN/A2

Complete race results