Gordon Shedden retakes points lead after attrition-filled race three

Gordon Shedden retakes points lead after attrition-filled race three

Gordon Shedden
Photo: BTCC Media

Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Gordon Shedden was able to retake the lead in the drivers’ title fight at the final British Touring Car Championship race at the Snetterton 300 circuit, but had to fight for the win ahead of another Team BMW 2-3 for the second race in a row.

The three-time champion would finish 0.712 seconds ahead of Rob Collard at the finish for the victory, with Colin Turkington rounding out the podium in third, after BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan suffered a technical issue with his BMW 125i M Sport with just two laps remaining whilst leading.

Motorbase’s Mat Jackson took another Independents’ win with another fourth place finish, with Subaru’s James Cole keeping cool under pressure from Speedworks’ Tom Ingram and Team HARD’s Jake Hill to take his first top five finish of the year.

Hill was the best of the drivers that had opted to use the Dunlop soft tyres for the final race, having started in 11th place, one place behind Ingram.

Jack Goff completed a solid weekend’s performance with an eighth place finish behind Ingram and Hill, which now sees him in the top ten within the drivers’ standings.

The Power Maxed Racing duo of rookie Senna Proctor and veteran touring car ace Tom Chilton had a strong end to their weekend, as the pair closed off the top ten.

Ant Whorton-Eales equalled his best-ever BTCC finish in 11th place, despite his Audi S3 hitting the back of Josh Cook’s MG at Oggies on lap three.

Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffatt came all the way back from 29th place on the grid to score a points finish behind the Team AMD driver, with BTC Norlin’s Dave Newsham taking 13th.

Débutante Brett Smith also made up significant ground due to the various incidents that saw ten cars retire, as the Eurotech Racing driver started 30th, but took his first points finish in the BTCC with 14th. Smith ended up ahead of Team Parker’s Stephen Jelley, whose Focus soldiered on with hefty front end damage caused earlier in the race.

A successful weekend for Subaru’s Ashley Sutton came to an abrupt end on lap two, as he was collected by Handy Motorsport’s Rob Austin on the approach to Williams, with both drivers retiring due to accident damage. Austin had moments earlier been on the receiving end of contact which pitched him across the inside of the corner and into Sutton’s car.

Other retirements included Stewart Lines, Arón Taylor-Smith and Matt Neal, who hit the outside barriers off Hamiltons on lap 5, whilst battling within the top ten.

The results see Shedden lead the drivers’ championship standings by just two points over Turkington, who moves ahead of team-mate Collard by a further two points.

The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads north of the border in just a fortnight’s time, as Knockhill hosts Rounds 19, 20 and 21, which take place on the 12th and 13th of August.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 23:53.888 1:57.830 2
2 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 12 0.712 1:57.858 6
3 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 12 1.007 1:58.724 7
4 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 12 7.260 1:58.698 5
5 20 M James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 12 7.743 1:58.542 1
6 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 12 7.953 1:58.725 10
7 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 12 10.260 1:58.771 11
8 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 10.559 1:57.893 4
9 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 12 11.424 1:58.483 23
10 2 M Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 12 11.763 1:58.397 12
11 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 12 14.639 1:58.186 21
12 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 12 15.345 1:58.307 29
13 17 Dave NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 12 15.588 1:59.296 20
14 39 Brett SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 21.982 1:58.997 30
15 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 12 22.679 1:58.111 25
16 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 12 23.101 1:59.131 24
17 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 12 23.817 1:59.286 22
18 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 12 24.428 1:59.190 16
19 28 M Josh PRICE A-Plan Academy Subaru Levorg GT 12 24.788 1:59.484 26
20 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 12 30.052 1:58.101 17
21 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 12 1:02.644 1:58.734 3
R 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 4 DNF 1:57.907 9
R 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 4 DNF 1:59.773 19
R 66 Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 4 DNF 2:00.432 28
R 303 M Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 4 DNF 2:00.197 13
R 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 3 DNF 2:00.865 18
R 40 M Árón TAYLOR-SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 2 DNF 2:19.002 27
R 95 Stewart LINES Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 1 DNF N/A 31
R 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 0 DNF N/A 8
R 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 0 DNF N/A 14
R 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 0 DNF N/A 15