Shedden seizes Snetterton sucess after heartbreak for Jordan

Shedden suddenly found he was fighting for the win and not second (Photo by Marc Waller)

Shedden suddenly found he was fighting for the win and not second (Photo by Marc Waller)Gordon Shedden snatched the win in the third BTCC race of the day here at Snetterton as long-time leader Andrew Jordan suffered car failure with two laps to go.

Andrew Jordan suffered car failure with two laps to go.Andrew Jordan had taken the lead off the line as he powered past reverse grid pole sitter James Cole. Soon afterwards Shedden was also past Cole followed by Collard and Turkington.

Collard briefly passed Shedden for what was then second but Shedden was in determined mood and quickly regained the position.

The three cars behind Jordan then spent most of the race in a battle with each other fighting for what was then second place. They were never far behind Jordan but the Pirtek Racing BMW driver looked comfortable in the lead. Jordan’s car then slowed on lap ten and the trio behind shot past quickly followed by the rest of the field.

Jordan’s car sped up again before slowing a second time. He did eventually finish but in a distant twenty second.

Shedden was happy to take a win, particularly after his disastrous Saturday;

“This just seemed so unlikely after yesterday,” said Shedden. “We’ve had our dramas this weekend and we’ve just been trying to plug away. It was really unexpected and doubly so with the pressure from the BMWs. It didn’t do me any harm when they started battling each other. The car felt a bit lively at the end there but it did the job and gave us what we needed this weekend. It felt a million miles away yesterday in qualifying so I’m ecstatic. Andy [Jordan] was driving a really good race, he was quick and was looking after the tyres so obviously when he stopped I just thought ‘get going and get your head down’. We’re off up to God’s country in two weeks’ time and home turf at Knockhill!”

Ashley Sutton, who had won the first two races of the day, found himself taken out on the first lap of this race when Rob Austin’s car was punted into the side of the Subaru, putting both drivers out of the race.

Collard was pleased to take second, ahead of team mate Turkington this time;

“Second is great – we’ve done really well all weekend and I’m so pleased for BMW,” confirmed Collard, whilst Turkington responded, “It’s been a good haul of points and podiums for BMW and it’s been a great weekend for us.”

Mat Jackson had another good race with fourth place in his Team Shredded Wheat Ford Focus. The fourth place was also good enough to give him the independents win with the three cars ahead all being manufacturer backed cars.

James Cole hung on to fifth place, probably less than he hoped after starting from pole but it’s his best finish of the 2017 season.

Tom Ingram was sixth, scoring more points on a weekend which seemed to be heading for podiums. Jake Hill was seventh, taking points in all three races. Jack Goff took eighth in what has been a strong weekend for the Eurotech despite not quite managing to take a race one win after taking pole on Saturday.

The top ten was completed by the Vauxhall duo of Proctor and Chilton, rookie Proctor doing well to beat more experienced team mate Chilton. Their regular finishes in the points this weekend earned the manufacturer trophy for Vauxhall.

Narrowly missing out on a top ten was AMD Tunings Ant Whorton Eales. The rookie driver had a strong weekend and appears to be moving closer to the top ten pace. Aiden Moffat took twelfth in his Laser Tools Racing Mercedes making the best out of a weekend which saw strong pace marred by some bad luck. Dave Newsham was thirteenth for BTC Norlin just ahead of Brett Smith who finally finished a race at the third attempt after retiring from the first two with car issues.

The last of the points scorers was Stephen Jelley for Team Parker Racing.

Will Burns of TAG racing won the Jack Sears trophy for Rookie drivers this weekend, his first win in the trophy in 2017.

Shedden’s win has helped him stay on top in the championship battle but the top four are now very close with Turkington, Collard and Sutton all close on his tail.

BMW lead the manufacturers from Honda and Subaru.

Jordan seemed to have everything under control (Photo by Marc Waller) Sutton heads for retirement on lap one (Photo by Marc Waller) Collard was pleased with second (Photo by Marc Waller) Shedden celebrates with the viewers at home (Photo by Marc Waller) The top three with Independent winner Jackson and Jack Sears winner Burns (Photo by Marc Waller)




2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 18 – Snetterton

1 Gordon SHEDDEN (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing 12 laps
2 Rob COLLARD (GBR) Team BMW +0.712s
3 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +1.007s
4 Mat JACKSON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo +7.260s
5 James COLE (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +7.743s
6 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +7.953s
7 Jake HILL (GBR) TAG Racing +10.260s
8 Jack GOFF (GBR) Eurotech Racing +10.559s
9 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Power Maxed Racing +11.424s
10 Tom CHILTON (GBR) Power Maxed Racing +11.763s
11 Ant WHORTON-EALES (GBR) with Cobra Exhausts +14.639s
12 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +15.345s
13 Dave NEWSHAM (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +15.588s
14 Brett SMITH (GBR) Eurotech Racing +21.982s
15 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport +22.679s
16 Jason PLATO (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +23.101s
17 Martin DEPPER (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo +23.817s
18 Will BURNS (GBR) Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing +24.428s
19 Josh PRICE (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +24.788s
20 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +30.052s
21 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +1m02.644s
DNF Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +8 laps
DNF Adam MORGAN (GBR) Ciceley Motorsport +8 laps
DNF Josh COOK (GBR) MG Racing RCIB Insurance +8 laps
DNF Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Simpson Racing +8 laps
DNF Michael EPPS (GBR) Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing +9 laps
DNF Aron TAYLOR-SMITH (IRL) MG Racing RCIB Insurance +10 laps
DNF Stewart LINES (GBR) Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport +11 laps
DNF Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +12 laps
DNF Ollie JACKSON (GBR) with Cobra Exhausts +12 laps
DNF Rob AUSTIN (GBR) Handy Motorsport +12 laps By Marc Waller

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