Gordon Shedden claimed the honours in the final British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend at Silverstone, meaning that eight drivers will head to the finale at Brands Hatch in a fortnight with a chance of winning the title.
Shedden initially lost out to the fast-starting BMW of Rob Collard, but pulled a stunning sweeping move on the outside of Becketts corner on the second lap of the race to reclaim the lead. From thereon in, the reigning champion made the most of his softer compound Dunlop rubber to extend his lead and maintain the advantage to the chequered flag.
Mat Jackson also managed to get past Collard to secure second place, whilst Collard held on to take the final podium position and remain in championship contention.
Subaru Team BMR’s Colin Turkington and the second Halfords Honda of Matt Neal completed the top five, the latter having come through the field from 15th on the grid with a determined drive, which crucially saw him overtake championship leader Sam Tordoff late in the race.
Tordoff himself took the chequered flag in sixth, ahead of the MG of Josh Cook in seventh, who had been rising through the order with team-mate Ashley Sutton during the race.
The race was one of two distinct groups, with the front runners seemingly happy to maintain their gaps to one another at the front, given the finely poised nature of their respective championship challenges. Further back, a second group of midfield runners was ever-changing in it’s order, but eventually Andrew Jordan came out on top in eighth in a surprisingly tame third race.
Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat and MG’s Sutton completed the top ten, with both drivers enjoying duels with their team-mates in the safety car-free race.
There was late drama for Jason Plato, who suffered a puncture from fourth on the final lap and eventually limped around the final few corners to claim 12th.
BKR’s Árón Smith was an early retirement from the race following contact early on, whilst race one winner Tom Ingram retired after 15 laps with a mechanical issue whilst running inside the top ten. Handy Motorsport’s Rob Austin failed to finish when he picked up a late-race puncture after contact with the MG of Sutton, having come through from the very back of the grid to challenge for a top ten finish until that point.
Subaru BMR’s Warren Scott failed to take the start of the race due to a technical issue.
A mixed weekend for the championship contenders sees eight drivers – Tordoff, Shedden, Neal, Collard, Jackson, Andrew Jordan, Colin Turkington and Jason Plato – head to Kent with a chance of taking the title. Tordoff has an 11-point lead over Shedden in the battle, with the top five covered by just 21 points.
|1||52||M||Gordon SHEDDEN||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type R||22||21:54.766||59.166||1|
|2||7||Mat JACKSON||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus||22||0.668||59.340||3|
|3||100||C||Rob COLLARD||Team JCT600 with GardX||BMW 125i M Sport||22||1.087||59.187||2|
|4||4||M||Colin TURKINGTON||Silverline Subaru BMR Racing||Subaru Levorg GT||22||2.009||59.363||5|
|5||25||M||Matt NEAL||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type R||22||2.426||59.065||15|
|6||600||C||Sam TORDOFF||Team JCT600 with GardX||BMW 125i M Sport||22||2.586||59.064||11|
|7||66||M||Josh COOK||MG Racing RCIB Insurance||MG6GT||22||5.399||59.036||17|
|8||77||Andrew JORDAN||Motorbase Performance||Ford Focus||22||7.119||59.352||8|
|9||16||Aiden MOFFAT||Laser Tools Racing||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||22||7.914||59.293||9|
|10||116||M||Ashley SUTTON||MG Racing RCIB Insurance||MG6GT||22||9.275||59.016||26|
|11||31||C||Jack GOFF||Team IHG Rewards Club||BMW 125i M Sport||22||9.290||59.291||13|
|12||99||M||Jason PLATO||Silverline Subaru BMR Racing||Subaru Levorg GT||22||9.291||59.162||4|
|13||53||Hunter ABBOTT||Power Maxed Racing||Chevrolet Cruze||22||9.518||59.307||10|
|14||24||Jake HILL||RCIB Insurance Racing||Toyota Avensis||22||11.619||59.352||27|
|15||55||Jeff SMITH||Eurotech Racing||Honda Civic Type R||22||12.044||59.371||25|
|16||12||Mike EPPS||RCIB Insurance Racing||Toyota Avensis||22||17.184||59.589||12|
|17||48||Ollie JACKSON||AmD Tuning||Audi S3||22||17.262||59.174||16|
|18||14||Alex MARTIN||Dextra Racing with Team Parker||Ford Focus||22||20.244||59.836||20|
|19||38||Mark HOWARD||BKR||Volkswagen CC||22||24.714||59.595||28|
|20||34||Tony GILHAM||TLC Racing||Toyota Avensis||22||25.798||1:00.025||21|
|21||20||M||James COLE||Silverline Subaru BMR Racing||Subaru Levorg GT||22||26.044||59.742||23|
|22||95||Stewart LINES||Maximum Motorsport||Ford Focus||22||26.805||1:00.121||19|
|23||33||Adam MORGAN||WIX Racing||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||22||27.819||59.339||7|
|24||303||Matt SIMPSON||Speedworks Motorsport||Honda Civic Type R||22||28.855||1:00.039||30|
|25||17||Dan WELCH||Goodestone Racing||Proton Persona||22||38.231||59.572||14|
|26||84||Kelvin FLETCHER||Power Maxed Racing||Chevrolet Cruze||20||2 Laps||1:00.196||22|
|R||11||Rob AUSTIN||Handy Motorsport||Toyota Avensis||18||4 Laps||59.100||31|
|R||80||Tom INGRAM||Speedworks Motorsport||Toyota Avensis||15||7 Laps||59.316||6|
|R||30||Martin DEPPER||Eurotech Racing||Honda Civic Type R||15||7 Laps||59.319||18|
|R||40||Árón SMITH||BKR||Volkswagen CC||7||15 Laps||59.246||24|
|NS||39||M||Warren SCOTT||Silverline Subaru BMR Racing||Subaru Levorg GT||–||DNS||N/A||29|