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Honda rules supreme as Gordon Shedden wins race two

Gordon Shedden moves into the lead of the British Touring Car Championship after he took victory in the second race of the day at Knockhill.

Shedden took advantage of a mistake by early race leader Tom Chilton on lap 17 to follow his team-mate Matt Neal past the Ford driver heading towards the Real Radio Hairpin. The Scot then immediately set about keeping up the pressure on his team-mate and passed Neal on the following lap. Clearly faster than the other Honda, Shedden opened up some breathing space to go on to take his fourth win of the year.

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Despite having to withstand heavy pressure from Frank Wrathall, Neal finished in second to make it a Honda 1-2. Wrathall’s third placed finish was his best-ever and first outright podium, not only for himself but also for an NGTC racer.

Finishing in fourth was Tom Chilton, who had to withstand heavy pressure in the closing laps from Rob Collard. However Chilton held on and Collard had to settle for another fifth position.

Jason Plato had been running in sixth for most of the race. However on lap eight Tom Boardman managed to find a way past the Chevrolet driver to take sixth which he would hold until the finish. Plato eventually finished seventh after battling hard with eighth placed finisher James Nash.

Andrew Jordan’s ninth placed finish ensured that it was the same nine cars in the top nine positions as the first race, albeit in a slightly different order. Nick Foster took the final point for tenth.

It was another disastrous race for Airwaves Racing’s Mat Jackson – despite setting the fastest lap the Indpeendent Ford driver was forced to retire after just seven laps after damaging the radiator on his car and leaking water onto the track. A difficult weekend becomes even harder for Jackson who now has to start race three from the back of the grid as well.

The safety car had to be deployed on lap 11 to enable the Marshal’s to move the damaged car of Martin Byford, who had gone off heavily into the barriers at the hairpin.

The reverse grid draw for race three sees Jason Plato starting on pole position with Tom Boardman alongside him on the front row.

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