BTCC: Shedden snatches first Honda Tourer victory at Donington

 Podium (photo by Marc Waller)Gordon Shedden has won the third and final Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Donington Park.

Having led for the entire race, Colin Turkington had to settle for second as Gordon Shedden made his move on the final corner of the final lap, cutting across the gravel to take the win.

Honda team mate Matt Neal claimed third with Mat Jackson scoring a solid fourth place after battling throughout the race for Airwaves Racing.

Jason Plato struggled to maintain his soft tyres and fell back through the field, coming across the line in sixth behind Andrew Jordan.

BTCC action (photo by Marc Waller)BTCC action (photo by Marc Waller)BTCC action (photo by Marc Waller)eBay team mates Rob Collard and Nick Foster battled until the chequered flag to take seventh and eight respectively – with Collard having started at the back due to a race two spin.

Alain Menu also clawed his way back into the top ten having started from the rear, holding off from Adam Morgan who achieved his best result of the day in the WIX Racing Mercedes.

Another somewhat dramatic race, the safety car returned to the track after the opening lap, with Marc Hynes taking a trip into the tyres having made contact with Warren Scott.

Airwaves’ Fabrizio Giovanardi hit the Volkswagen of Aron Smith under braking at the chicane, which forced Smith into the Speedworks Toyota of Tom Ingram just before the safety car came onto the grid.

Starting the final lap (photo by Marc Waller)Shedden steals the  win (photo by Marc Waller)In making up places, Ingram outbraked himself at Redgate, causing him to clatter into Rob Austin – who consequently retired from the race in the pit lane.

With two weeks before the third meeting of the year at Thruxton, Andrew Jordan and Jason Plato are level with 87 championship points each with both Gordon Shedden and Colin Turkington closing in.

Race Three Classification:
1) Gordon Shedden
2) Colin Turkington
3) Matt Neal
4) Mat Jackson
5) Andrew Jordan
6) Jason Plato
7) Rob Collard
8) Nick Foster
9) Alain Menu
10) Adam Morgan
11) Aron Smith
12) Jack Goff
13) Tom Ingram
14) Lea Wood
15) Fabrizio Giovanardi

Fastest Lap: Colin Turkington – Lap 6 – 1:10:818   By Nikki Thompson  photos by  Marc Waller


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