Gordon Shedden concludes Croft weekend with lights-to-flag win

Team Dynamics’ Gordon Shedden controlled the final British Touring Car Championship race at Croft with a lights-to-flag win, comfortably clear of BTC Racing’s Josh Cook.

After finishing race two in 12th following a 16-place recovery drive from the back of the grid, due to a race one suspension breakage, Shedden’s race day luck changed in an instant when he was randomly drawn to start race three from pole position.

At the start, the Scot romped into a quick lead, such that by the end of the opening lap he held a 1.5—second advantage over Cook.

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Erstwhile points leader Cook – running the standard M-Sport TOCA engine compared to Shedden’s Neil Brown Engineering unit – seemed to lack the pace to take the fight to the Scot, instead finding himself with his mirrors full of Rory Butcher’s Toyota.

Butcher had himself jumped three places on the opening lap, but after making those initial gains the race settled down and he couldn’t find a way to get onto the podium.

Team BMW’s Stephen Jelley was fourth, having not got the type of strong start the rear-wheel drive machines have become accustomed to.

MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill concluded a day of top five finishes just behind his West Surrey Racing stable-mate, with Colin Turkington taking sixth.

Turkington only completed one on-track overtake, but was the biggest beneficiary of several incidents ahead to gain four places on his starting position.

The first came when NAPA Racing’s Ash Sutton attempted to pass Excelr8’s Tom Chilton for what was then sixth on the third lap of the race.

Sutton got a run on the Hyundai exiting the hairpin, but approaching the first corner the two made contact, breaking the left-rear suspension on the Ford and forcing Sutton into his first retirement of the season.

Later in the race, Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat was shown the mechanical warning flag because his bonnet had lifted when he was running in fifth, forcing him to pit and dropping him out of contention.

Turkington did pass Team Dynamics’ Daniel Rowbottom for sixth on lap six, although Rowbottom later dropped out when he picked up a puncture on the penultimate lap.

Tom Ingram ended the race as the top Excelr8 driver in seventh, only gaining places through the demise of others ahead, whilst Dan Cammish was NAPA Racing’s sole finisher in eighth.

The top ten was completed by Excelr8’s Tom Chilton and Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan.

The day’s earlier double winner Daniel Lloyd was just 11th, struggling to make progress like his rivals.

Ingram takes over as the championship leader leaving North Yorkshire, the Excelr8 driver holding 195 points ahead of Cook (192), Turkington (183), Sutton (171) and Hill (154).

The BTCC resumes at Knockhill in five weeks’ times.

Race result

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 15 20:52.233 1:22.165 1
2 66 I Josh COOK Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 2.528 1:22.462 2
3 6 M Rory BUTCHER Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 15 3.251 1:22.439 6
4 12 M Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 15 3.837 1:22.257 3
5 24 M Jake HILL ROKiT MB Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 15 4.093 1:22.716 9
6 50 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 15 4.404 1:22.363 10
7 80 M Tom INGRAM Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 15 10.404 1:22.661 11
8 9 M Dan CAMMISH NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 15 12.965 1:22.880 13
9 3 M Tom CHILTON Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 15 13.472 1:22.980 4
10 33 I Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 15 13.942 1:23.018 15
11 123 M Daniel LLOYD Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 15 14.294 1:23.069 12
12 19 I Bobby THOMPSON Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 15 15.129 1:23.201 14
13 97 I Ash HAND CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 16.181 1:23.196 17
14 11 I Jason PLATO Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 20.008 1:23.358 16
15 48 M Ollie JACKSON Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 15 24.315 1:23.592 20
16 17 I Dexter PATTERSON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 15 24.446 1:23.050 18
17 18 M James GORNALL Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 15 25.442 1:23.514 28
18 21 M Ricky COLLARD Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 15 25.879 1:23.094 25
19 42 I George GAMBLE Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 15 26.361 1:23.162 26
20 77 M Sam OSBORNE Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 15 27.128 1:23.600 19
21 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 15 32.553 1:23.901 22
22 20 I Will POWELL Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 14 1 Lap 1:23.844 24
R 32 M Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 14 DNF 1:22.938 8
R 40 I Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 13 DNF 1:23.854 21
NC 99 I Jade EDWARDS Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 NCF 1:23.407 23
NC 1 M Ashley SUTTON NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 11 NCF 1:22.917 7
R 777 I Michael CREES CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 10 DNF 1:23.070 27
R 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 7 DNF 1:23.193 5
NS 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Uptonsteel with Euro Car Parts Racing Infiniti Q50 DNS N/A
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