Knockhill BTCC: Shedden storms to home win in race two

Gordon Shedden scored a popular victory on home soil at Knockhill as he streaked away at the front of the field in the second race at the Scottish circuit.

Knockhill BTCC: Shedden storms to home win in race two
Gordon Shedden, Honda Yuasa Racing
Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance
Gordon Shedden, Honda Yuasa Racing and Matt Neal, Honda Racing Civic Type R
Rob Collard, JCT1600 Racing with Gardx
Rob Collard, JCT1600 Racing with Gardx
Rob Austin, Exocet AlcoSense
Jason Plato, Team BMR

Most drivers stick to their grid slots going in to Duffus Dip for the first time in an incident-free start, and it wasn't long before Shedden was right on the rear bumper of Mat Jackson's Ford Focus, making his move at Clark's on lap five and streaking away at the head of the field.

Behind Shedden, the battle for second saw Jackson have his rear view mirrors filled with Rob Austin, who was desperately trying to force his way through, which in turn allowed the race one winner Rob Collard to join in the fun.

The three enjoyed a thrilling battle for second before the Safety Car was brought out for the stricken Stewart Lines at the hairpin.

There was a worrying moment for Jackson when contact was made with Austin at the hairpin just as the safety car was deployed, as his Ford Focus looked to have sustained some damage, causing bodywork to rub on his right-rear tyre.

Once the safety car pulled back in, Shedden resumed his charge at the front while the Jackson-Austin duel resumed. In his desperation, Austin carried slightly too much speed into the chicane and went wide, allowing Collard, Andrew Jordan and Andy Priaulx to get past.

Austin was unable to work his way back through the field, having to settle for sixth at the flag.

Collard then reeled in Jackson once again, passing the Ford on lap 25 of the race, which had been extended to 27 laps as a result of the Safety Car.

Jason Plato, who started from eighth after sacrificing his race one result to try and get a better grid spot in race two, finished seventh, with Matt Neal, Aiden Moffat and Adam Morgan rounding out the top 10.

There was a hit to the championship challenges of both Colin Turkington and Sam Tordoff. The former retired on lap 10, while Tordoff got caught up in some early race contact, forcing him to pit and end the race in 22nd, five laps behind race winner Shedden.

James Charman/TouringCarTimes

Pos. Driver Car Time/Gap
Gordon Shedden Honda 25'36.720
Rob Collard BMW 3.419
Mat Jackson Ford 4.371
Andrew Jordan MG 4.946
Andy Priaulx BMW 5.219
Rob Austin Audi 5.831
Jason Plato Volkswagen 6.281
Matt Neal Honda 7.168
Aiden Moffat Mercedes 8.982
10  Adam Morgan Mercedes 11.772
11  Martin Depper Honda 12.257
12  Tom Ingram Toyota 12.457
13  Dave Newsham Chevrolet 14.134
14  Jack Goff MG 14.560
15  Josh Cook Chevrolet 15.456
16  Robb Holland Toyota 17.713
17  James Cole Ford 20.734
18  Daniel Welch Proton 23.577
19  Warren Scott Volkswagen 24.784
20  Alex Martin Ford 29.754
21  Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti 1 Lap
Ret Sam Tordoff BMW  
Ret Jeff Smith Honda  
Ret Mike Bushell Ford  
Ret Colin Turkington Volkswagen  
Ret Stewart Lines Toyota  

 

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