Gordon Shedden takes victory in torrentially wet Donington finale

Gordon Shedden takes victory in torrentially wet Donington finale

Gordon Shedden
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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

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME/GAP BEST GD
1 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 17 23:52.096 1:20.392 3
2 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 17 4.585 1:20.734 4
3 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 17 14.061 1:20.884 11
4 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 17 14.222 1:21.155 6
5 17 Dave NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 17 15.077 1:21.471 1
6 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 17 15.354 1:21.336 8
7 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 17 15.561 1:20.857 9
8 66 Josh COOK Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 17 19.494 1:21.175 5
9 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 17 20.085 1:20.947 14
10 40 M Árón TAYLOR-SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 17 20.42 1:20.912 18
11 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 17 23.257 1:21.343 19
12 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 17 25.542 1:21.323 26
13 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 17 26.088 1:21.565 7
14 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 17 29.931 1:21.121 31
15 2 M Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 17 32.486 1:21.711 10
16 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 17 33.251 1:21.895 29
17 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 17 34.919 1:21.250 20
18 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 17 41.313 1:21.532 17
19 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 17 43.971 1:20.842 15
20 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 17 45.655 1:21.564 22
21 303 M Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 17 46.985 1:21.959 30
22 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 17 49.193 1:22.045 23
23 20 M James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 17 51.159 1:22.189 24
24 28 M Josh PRICE BMR Racing Academy Subaru Levorg GT 17 51.642 1:21.850 28
25 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 17 55.89 1:22.077 25
26 300 Luke DAVENPORT Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 17 56.709 1:22.370 16
27 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 16 1 Lap 1:23.388 12
R 23 M Daniel LLOYD MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 10 7 Laps 1:20.511 21
R 55 Jeff SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 9 8 Laps 1:22.287 13
R 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 4 13 Laps N/A 27
R 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 0 DNF N/A 32
R 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 0 DNF N/A 2

Complete race results