Gordon Shedden leads Honda 1-2 to extend championship lead

Gordon Shedden leads Honda 1-2 to extend championship lead

Gordon Shedden
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Gordon Shedden extended his championship lead after heading up a 1-2 finish for Honda in the final British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend at Oulton Park.

Shedden, who claimed the honours with an incisive move to the inside of Andrew Jordan’s BMW 125i M Sport at Cascades with three laps to run, now holds a sixteen-point advantage over Rob Collard heading to Croft in three weeks.

Matt Neal joined his Team Dynamics stablemate on the podium after a similarly bold move around the outside of Jordan at the Island Hairpin.

Their duel was similarly replicated further back as Colin Turkington disputed fourth with race two winner Ashley Sutton and team-mate Collard, though everywhere the Northern Irishman attempted to pass he found a Subaru Levorg GT handily placed.

Collard would take fifth, with the top ten rounded out by Rob Austin, the Team.HARD duo of Jake Hill and Michael Epps and a career-best tenth for Luke Davenport.

It proved to be a disastorous weekend for outgoing standings leader Tom Ingram, with the Speedworks Motorsport driver picking up just a single point from all three contests at the Cheshire circuit, courtesy of the fastest lap before retiring from the third race.

The dices at the front were made possible by a safety car after Aiden Moffat and Dave Newsham made contact at Hill Top and the Laser Tools Racing Mercedes A-Class pitched right into the tyre barrier.

Josh Cook had also similarly suffered after defending robustly from the Honda Civic Type R duo at the front, but contact from behind courtesy of Shedden ruined the rear-right towlink on his Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus ST and he duly slid off into retirement at Cascades.

Disaster struck Aron Taylor-Smith in the closing stages as his MG6 GT slowed coming up Deer Leep, before re-setting and allowing him to cross the line, albeit robbed of a welcome top-ten finish.

With three weeks until the championship hits the halfway stage, it proved to be a profitable journey to Cheshire – long hailed as a circuit suited to rear-wheel drive machinery – for the front-wheel drive Honda pairing.

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 18 29:41.142 1:27.262 3
2 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 0.279 1:27.538 4
3 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 18 1.722 1:27.650 2
4 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 18 4.272 1:27.554 6
5 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 18 4.375 1:27.379 13
6 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 18 4.59 1:27.545 5
7 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 18 5.509 1:27.871 8
8 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 18 7.045 1:28.078 10
9 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 18 8.418 1:28.314 9
10 300 Luke DAVENPORT Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 18 8.736 1:27.759 17
11 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 18 9.077 1:28.026 11
12 23 M Daniel LLOYD MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 18 9.414 1:27.797 22
13 17 David NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 18 9.789 1:27.913 19
14 303 M Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 10.248 1:27.706 25
15 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 10.605 1:28.055 16
16 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 18 11.412 1:27.716 18
17 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 18 12.041 1:27.889 23
18 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with CobraExhausts Audi S3 18 12.099 1:27.750 26
19 2 M Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 18 12.505 1:28.132 24
20 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 18 13.958 1:28.427 27
21 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with CobraExhausts Audi S3 18 15.882 1:28.330 28
22 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 18 16.786 1:28.426 29
23 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 18 19.397 1:28.987 20
24 55 Jeff SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 18 19.419 1:28.177 21
25 40 M Árón SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 18 27.750 1:27.515 12
26 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 18 33.920 1:26.911 30
27 28 M Josh PRICE BMR Racing Academy Subaru Levorg GT 17 1 Lap 1:28.578 15
NC 20 M James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 13 5 Laps 1:27.640 31
R 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 7 11 Laps 1:28.021 14
R 66 Josh COOK Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 3 15 Laps 1:28.189 1
R 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 0  DNF N/A 7
NS 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class DNS N/A 32

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