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Gordon Shedden snatches late win in dramatic final race

Honda’s Gordon Shedden snatched a late win from WSR’s Rob Collard in the final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Snetterton, which was earlier red-flagged due to a dramatic startline accident.

The defending champion forced his way past the BMW driver on the last lap at Agostini bend, with the pair making contact in the process. Collard finished 0.525 seconds, having been unable to get back past Shedden, whilst Handy Motorsport’s Rob Austin took the team’s maiden podium in the series, along with his first using front wheel drive machinery.

Once again the race was mired by controversial incidents, including a start-line shunt which was triggered when Mark Howard turned Alex Martin into the pit wall. An unsighted Hunter Abbott then launched his Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet into the back of Howard’s car, barrel rolling along the barriers and knocking over a television platform.

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The race was immediately red-flagged whilst the incident was dealt with, and it was later announced that the cameraman had escaped serious injury.

After a 20-minute delay the race was restarted, with drama even before the lights had gone out. Championship leader and pole-sitter Sam Tordoff was forced into the pits to retire with a broken propshaft, denting his hopes of a victory.

After the lights went out it was Subaru’s Jason Plato who initially led from Collard, but the BMW driver muscled his way past for the lead at Oggies on the following lap.

At the same time Shedden passed Austin for what was then fourth, before the pair of them got past Plato on the following lap.

Whilst Collard had been able to open up a 1.5 second lead, Shedden charged after the WSR driver to be hot on his tail on the final lap, before passing with contact through Agostini and Hamilton, with Collard trying his best to nudge past Shedden at Williams to no avail.

Austin scored the first-ever podium for Handy Motorsport, whilst Plato took the chequered flag in fourth, despite late-race pressure from Motorbase Performance’s Andrew Jordan, who impressively came through from 14th on the grid to take fifth.

Colin Turkington finished in sixth, moving him up to fifth overall in the drivers’ championship standings, ahead of WIX Racing’s Adam Morgan in seventh, who had dropped down the order during the race.

Aiden Moffat followed his team-mate home in eighth, ahead of the MG of Josh Cook in ninth, who had been battling on the fringes of the top ten throughout the race. Honda’s Matt Neal completed the top ten.

Tom Ingram, who inherited pole when Tordoff pulled into the pits, finished in 12th position after contact with Morgan at the Wilson hairpin on the opening lap dropped him out of contention.

Aside from those wiped out in the accident at the start, Motorbase Performance’s race two winner Mat Jackson was a high-profile retirement, as he slowed on the back straight on lap two immediately after having moved into second.

Race result

1 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 10 19:56.310 1:57.560 10
2 100 C Rob COLLARD Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport 10 0.525 1:57.843 5
3 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 10 3.738 1:58.024 9
4 99 M Jason PLATO Silverline Subaru BMR Racing Subaru Levorg GT 10 4.306 1:57.960 3
5 77 Andrew JORDAN Motorbase Performance Ford Focus 10 4.406 1:58.329 14
6 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Silverline Subaru BMR Racing Subaru Levorg GT 10 5.278 1:58.338 7
7 33 Adam MORGAN WIX Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 10 6.288 1:58.457 4
8 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 10 6.434 1:58.165 11
9 66 M Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 10 6.621 1:58.492 13
10 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 10 7.219 1:58.341 6
11 24 Jake HILL RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis 10 8.724 1:58.717 12
12 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 10 9.365 1:58.786 2
13 31 C Jack GOFF Team IHG Rewards Club BMW 125i M Sport 10 16.650 1:58.030 26
14 116 M Ashley SUTTON MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 10 17.339 1:58.790 31
15 55 Jeff SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 10 18.337 1:59.030 15
16 30 Martin DEPPER Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 10 18.777 1:58.646 24
17 40 Árón SMITH BKR Volkswagen CC 10 19.945 1:59.073 23
18 84 Kelvin FLETCHER Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze 10 20.718 1:58.714 25
19 20 M James COLE Silverline Subaru BMR Racing Subaru Levorg GT 10 21.238 1:58.796 27
20 12 Mike EPPS RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis 10 23.045 1:58.782 19
21 95 Stewart LINES Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 10 35.751 1:59.583 18
R 39 M Warren SCOTT Silverline Subaru BMR Racing Subaru Levorg GT 6 4 Laps 2:00.221 16
R 7 Mat JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus 2 8 Laps 1:59.989 8
NS 14 Alex MARTIN Dextra Racing with Team Parker Ford Focus 0 DNS N/A 20
NS 38 Mark HOWARD BKR Volkswagen CC 0 DNS N/A 21
NS 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD Tuning Audi S3 0 DNS N/A 30
NS 53 Hunter ABBOTT Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze 0 DNS N/A 28
NS 303 Matt SIMPSON Speedworks Motorsport Honda Civic Type R 0 DNS N/A 17
NS 600 C Sam TORDOFF Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport 0 DNS N/A 1

Complete race results

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