Gordon Shedden takes home British Touring Car win in race two at Knockhill
|By Kevin Turner||Sunday, September 4th 2011, 14:07 GMT|
Gordon 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