Shedden wins again at Croft
|By Marcus Simmons||Sunday, June 20th 2010, 14:47 GMT|
Just like the old waiting-for-a-bus cliche, Gordon Shedden waited yonks for a British Touring Car Championship victory, and now two have come along at once.
Shedden led home team-mate Matt Neal in a one-two for the Dynamics-run Honda Civics, but it was another exciting 15 laps in the second race at Croft.
Jason Plato initially chased Shedden, but the RML Chevrolet man was powerless to stop Neal slicing ahead of him into Sunny at half-distance.
Neal was given a lap in the lead by Shedden in what looked suspiciously like a bid to buy the championship leader a bonus point for leading the race, but the Dynamics team cheekily claimed that each driver had missed a gear...
Plato had muscled his way ahead of Rob Collard on the opening lap, and this would prove the undoing of the WSR BMW man.
Running third, Collard was hit by Paul O'Neill, who in turn had been hit by Neal, in an incident which caused substantial damage to the BMW. Collard continued at the back and stormed back to eighth, while O'Neill claimed fourth in a dramatic last-corner move on the Ford Focus of Tom Onslow-Cole.
Behind this pair, Tom Boardman's SEAT led a massive bundle to finally take sixth place.
The Motorbase BMW team continued its disastrous weekend, with Steven Kane retiring with a damage radiator and Mat Jackson with a broken suspension subframe.
Pos Driver Car Time/Gap 1. Gordon Shedden Honda 22m16.514s 2. Matt Neal Honda + 0.742s 3. Jason Plato Chevrolet + 6.350s 4. Paul O'Neill Honda + 9.958s 5. Tom Onslow-Cole Ford + 10.909s 6. Tom Boardman SEAT + 17.408s 7. Andrew Jordan Vauxhall + 17.599s 8. Rob Collard BMW + 17.789s 9. Alex MacDowall Chevrolet + 18.343s 10. Andy Neate BMW + 19.331s 11. Tom Chilton Ford + 21.169s 12. Martin Depper BMW + 25.065s 13. James Nash Vauxhall + 25.248s 14. Daniel Lloyd Vauxhall + 25.987s 15. Martin Johnson Vauxhall + 43.894s 16. Shaun Hollamby Volkswagen + 44.286s 17. Lea Wood Honda + 1 lap Retirements: Mat Jackson BMW 11 laps Steven Kane BMW 10 laps John George Honda 9 laps Arthur Forster BMW 4 laps