Rockingham BTCC: Gordon Shedden heads Honda one-two at wet Rockingham
|By Kevin Turner||Sunday, September 23rd 2012, 13:59 GMT|
Gordon Shedden led home team-mate Matt Neal in the second British Touring Car race at Rockingham as Honda dominated in wet conditions.
Andrew Jordan's Eurotech Honda and Rob Collard's WSR BMW both challenged MG driver Jason Plato, who started from pole as a result of his race one win, at the start.
As Jordan grabbed the lead, Collard forced his way by Plato at Yentwood, allowing Shedden to demote the MG to fourth.
An off by Andy Neate in the second MG then briefly brought out the safety car.
Jordan made a good restart, but immediately made a mistake at Deene, dropping to 11th and allowing Shedden into the lead.
After a skirmish with Neal, Plato overtook Collard for second, but the injured Neal soon followed him through.
The championship leader made it a Honda one-two by passing Plato just before half-distance and then pulled away in appalling conditions.
Towards the end Shedden slowed to allow Neal an extra point for leading a lap, before they took up their previous order.
Shedden thus took his seventh win of the season to move to within a point of Neal in the drivers' standings.
Behind Plato, Mat Jackson took fourth in Motorbase's NGTC Ford Focus despite an early off, while Frank Wrathall (Dynojet Toyota) completed the top five after starting on row six.
Aron Smith (Motorbase Ford) starred, going from last to six, despite some contact, and just held off the recovering Jordan.
Ollie Jackson also impressed in AmD's Volkswagen Golf, climbing to ninth from the rear of the field. He was promoted to eighth when Adam Morgan (Speedworks) made a late error and held the Toyota off to the flag.
Collard eventually fell behind team-mate Nick Foster and only just beat series debutant Howard Fuller in Tony Gilham Racing's S2000 Honda Civic for 11th.
Results - 18 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Gordon Shedden Honda 30m28.745s 2. Matt Neal Honda + 0.966s 3. Jason Plato MG + 6.115s 4. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford + 9.215s 5. Frank Wrathall Dynojet Toyota + 12.323s 6. Aron Smith Motorbase Ford + 26.859s 7. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Honda + 27.967s 8. Ollie Jackson AmD Volkswagen + 39.196s 9. Adam Morgan Speedworks Toyota + 40.198s 10. Nick Foster WSR BMW + 45.280s 11. Rob Collard WSR BMW + 47.736s 12. Howard Fuller Gilham Honda + 48.220s 13. Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda + 58.245s 14. Tom Onslow-Cole WSR BMW + 59.070s 15. Dave Newsham ES Vauxhall + 1m00.401s 16. Rob Austin Austin Audi + 1m00.763s 17. Tony Hughes Speedworks Toyota + 1m09.835s 18. Chris James ES Vauxhall + 1m41.878s Retirements: Will Bratt Austin Audi 15 laps Andy Neate MG 0 laps