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Gordon Shedden takes home British Touring Car win in race two at Knockhill

Gordon Shedden KnockhillGordon Shedden won the second British Touring Car race at his home circuit of Knockhill this afternoon to move into the lead in the standings.

The early stages looked like a repeat of race one, with Arena Motorsport Ford Focus driver Tom Chilton edging away as Shedden tried to oust Honda Racing team-mate Matt Neal from second.

Chilton looked safe until a sideways moment at Clark's allowed the pack to close, and a safety car period to recover Martin Byford's stranded AmD Milltek VW Golf bunched the field together.

A personal best lap for Chilton at the restart suggested he could add to his race-one victory, but he soon started to struggle, possibly as his tyres went off.

Another Chilton sideways moment at Clark's on lap 20 of 27 gave Neal and Shedden the opportunity to go by on the run to the hairpin. The chasing Frank Wrathall (Dynojet Toyota Avensis) then outdragged the Ford on the exit of the corner.

Neal's lead did not last long, as Shedden dived by at Clark's on the very next tour before pulling away to take a popular victory.

Neal held off a charging Wrathall, who completed the podium to take the best result of his BTCC career.

Chilton just hung on to fourth, despite the best efforts of Rob Collard, who again had good race pace in WSR's BMW. Tom Boardman's Special Tuning SEAT Leon was not far behind in sixth.

Reigning champion Jason Plato (Chevrolet Cruze) defeated the Triple Eight Vauxhall Vectra of James Nash in a duel for seventh, while Andrew Jordan's Eurotech Vectra was ninth.

Mat Jackson, points leader coming into the weekend, had another traumatic race. After his retirement from race one, the Motorbase Ford Focus driver climbed to 13th before a mistake at the chicane put him out. He was left with just a single point for setting fastest lap.

Results - 27 laps:

Pos  Driver           Team/Car                Time/Gap
 1.  Gordon Shedden   Honda                 25m41.710s
 2.  Matt Neal        Honda                   + 0.804s
 3.  Frank Wrathall   Dynojet Toyota          + 1.126s
 4.  Tom Chilton      Arena Ford              + 2.797s
 5.  Rob Collard      WSR BMW                 + 2.865s
 6.  Tom Boardman     Special Tuning SEAT     + 4.629s
 7.  Jason Plato      Chevrolet               + 8.557s
 8.  James Nash       Triple 8 Vauxhall       + 9.217s
 9.  Andrew Jordan    Eurotech Vauxhall      + 10.153s
10.  Nick Foster      WSR BMW                + 13.033s
11.  Tom Onslow-Cole  Arena Ford             + 14.559s
12.  Dave Newsham     Special Tuning SEAT    + 16.152s
13.  Aron Smith       Triple 8 Vauxhall      + 16.505s
14.  Paul O'Neill     Tech-Speed Chevrolet   + 16.874s
15.  Andy Neate       Arena Ford             + 18.867s
16.  Daniel Welch     Welch Proton           + 19.151s
17.  Chris James      ES Chevrolet           + 35.449s
18.  Jeff Smith       Eurotech Vauxhall      + 46.021s

Retirements:

     Alex MacDowall   Chevrolet                23 laps
     Rob Austin       Rob Austin Audi          20 laps
     John George      Tech-Speed Chevrolet     19 laps
     Liam Griffin     Motorbase Ford           11 laps
     Martin Byford    AmD VW                    9 laps
     Mat Jackson      Motorbase Ford            7 laps
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