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Gordon Shedden wins final race at Silverstone

Gordon Shedden won the final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Silverstone, with Airwaves’ Aron Smith in second and Shedden’s teammate Matt Neal in third.

Click here for the full race three results.

The race was the third of the day to feature a safety car period after debris was left on the exit of Luffield, and Shedden utilised the restart to propel himself into the lead, a position which he retained until the end.

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After a long wait for the lights to go out, Colin Turkington grabbed the lead from Matt Neal with a traditionally fast start, leaving the Honda driver to fend off Sam Tordoff.

The pair tussled down the Wellington straight, with Tordoff pushing Neal into a half spin before diving for the inside line into Luffield, where he was speared into the gravel and fell down the order. Neal dropped to fourth as a result of the clash, with Smith and Shedden moving into the final podium positions respectively.

The safety car was deployed for a solitary lap to recover a bumper, and Shedden made the decisive move on Turkington into Becketts having passed Smith earlier in the race. Smith followed the Honda through into second, and maintained his position to cap an impressive weekend for the Irishman.

Turkington’s race went from bad to worse, as he then lost position to Neal before retiring a lap from the finish with broken right-rear suspension. The result means he is now 48 points behind Jordan in the championship, with 67 points available.

Mat Jackson finished fourth in the second Airwaves Ford Focus, ahead of Jordan who worked hard to hold onto fifth place. Dave Newsham provided some late-race entertainment to first pass Adam Morgan – after a firm but fair fight throughout the middle part of the race – and then the MG of Plato on the penultimate lap.

Adam Morgan, Jack Goff and Dan Welch completed the top ten following a hard fought battle in the midfield, with Howard Fuller securing a second points finish of the afternoon in 15th place. After Liam Griffin did not start, Lea Wood completed another clean sweep of Jack Sears Trophies, coming home in 20th.

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