Thruxton BTCC: Gordon Shedden beats Andrew Jordan in race two
|By Kevin Turner||Sunday, May 4th 2014, 14:10 GMT|
Gordon Shedden won the second British Touring Car race at Thruxton after a hard-fought duel with Andrew Jordan.
Jordan's Eurotech Honda Civic led from pole, while the Civic Tourers of Shedden and Matt Neal attempted to shut the door on the fast-starting WSR BMW of Rob Collard.
Shedden made it into second and then tried divebombing Jordan at Campbell. He made it by but ran wide and dropped to third, and delayed Neal when he returned to the track.
It took Shedden until lap three to pass Collard, getting a better run out of Church and drawing alongside despite a tough defence from the BMW.
Shedden (on 27kg of success ballast) then closed on Jordan (45kg) and applied pressure for several laps. Eventually he got a better run out of Church and was able to take the lead before arriving at the chicane.
Jordan stayed close to Shedden, but the race was cut short when Rob Austin's Audi touched Nick Foster at Church and sent the BMW off the track and over the barriers. Foster walked away, but the race was red-flagged.
Collard thus completed the podium, well clear of Neal, who had spent several corners alongside Mat Jackson's Motorbase Ford Focus before securing fourth.
Jackson nevertheless held off Colin Turkington, much happier with the balance of his BMW after struggling in qualifying.
Jason Plato again struggled for pace in his Triple Eight MG6 and only narrowly held off the Ciceley Mercedes of Adam Morgan and Jack Goff's Vauxhall Insignia.
Returning champion Alain Menu ran eighth early on, but had to serve a drive-through penalty for starting out of position. His BMR VW Passat was one of the fastest cars once he returned to the track, but Menu could only get back to 19th.
Fellow double champion Fabrizio Giovanardi was 10th in his Motorbase Ford.
Results - 13 laps (red flag): Pos Driver Car Time/Gap 1. Gordon Shedden Honda 17m05.908s 2. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Honda +0.319s 3. Rob Collard WSR BMW +2.221s 4. Matt Neal Honda +5.078s 5. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford +6.107s 6. Colin Turkington WSR BMW +6.348s 7. Jason Plato MG +9.068s 8. Adam Morgan Ciceley Mercedes +9.308s 9. Jack Goff BMR Vauxhall +9.571s 10. Fabrizio Giovanardi Motorbase Ford +11.976s 11. Sam Tordoff MG +12.107s 12. Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota +12.263s 13. Marc Hynes MG +16.507s 14. Rob Austin RAR Audi +17.596s 15. Aron Smith BMR VW +18.004s 16. Glynn Geddie UA Toyota +20.173s 17. Lea Wood Houseman Toyota +20.608s 18. Jack Clarke Motorbase Ford +22.503s 19. Alain Menu BMR VW +23.176s 20. Martin Depper Eurotech Honda +23.500s 21. James Cole UA Toyota +27.670s 22. Aiden Moffat Moffat Chevrolet +32.237s 23. Dave Newsham AmD Ford +35.571s 24. Simon Belcher Handy Toyota +38.168s 25. Daniel Welch Welch Proton +38.779s 26. Ollie Jackson Welch Proton +42.429s Retirements/not classified Nick Foster WSR BMW 13laps Hunter Abbott RAR Audi 8 laps Warren Scott BMR Vauxhall 6 laps Chris Stockton BTC Chevrolet 1 lap