Aron Smith becomes 12th winner of 2016 BTCC season at Rockingham

Aron Smith became a record-breaking 12th different winner in a season of the British Touring Car Championship when he took victory in the final race of the day at Rockingham

Aron Smith becomes 12th winner of 2016 BTCC season at Rockingham

The Team BKR VW CC man held off race-long pressure to record his win after three safety car periods left Honda's Gordon Shedden and Subaru's Colin Turkington, up from 16th on the grid, in his mirrors.

"The car came alive for the last race," he said. "I had to nail the restarts and I did, which helped.

"I had pressure. Once I saw Colin Turkington in to third, I knew I would be OK because he would fight Gordon Shedden pretty hard.'

Championship challenger Matt Neal brought his Honda home in fourth place on the less favourable harder Dunlop tyres, and Mat Jackson followed him home, also on the harder rubber.

The second safety car had been caused when Ash Sutton's MG, which had been defending hard in seventh pace, was knocked out of contention after contact with Dave Newsham's Chevrolet.

Rob Collard was run wide on the opening lap but recovered for sixth spot ahead of the Mercedes of Adam Morgan and Jake Hill in the Toyota Avensis.

Aiden Moffat (Mercedes) and Jason Plato (Subaru) completed the top 10.

Championship leader Sam Tordoff struggled with 75kg onboard his BMW 125i M Sport and slid down the order to 16th, just outside of the points.

He still maintains a five-point buffer at the head of the table over Neal.

Shedden is now just 20 points from the top of the standings in third spot.

RACE THREE RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 19 29m49.905s
2 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 19 0.400s
3 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 19 0.572s
4 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 19 3.491s
5 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 19 4.519s
6 Rob Collard WSR BMW 19 4.936s
7 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 19 5.686s
8 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 19 6.227s
9 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 19 10.578s
10 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 19 10.899s
11 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 19 11.358s
12 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 19 11.690s
13 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 19 12.611s
14 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 19 12.913s
15 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 19 13.478s
16 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 19 14.466s
17 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 19 14.924s
18 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 19 18.088s
19 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 19 18.805s
20 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 19 19.035s
21 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 19 19.879s
22 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 19 20.159s
23 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 19 21.202s
- Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 15 Retirement
- Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 13 Retirement
- Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 12 Retirement
- Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen 11 Retirement
- Dave Newsham Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 7 Retirement
- Tony Gilham Team Hard Toyota 4 Retirement
- Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 1 Retirement
- Jack Goff WSR BMW 0 Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Sam Tordoff 258
2 Matt Neal 253
3 Gordon Shedden 238
4 Mat Jackson 230
5 Rob Collard 227
6 Colin Turkington 210
7 Andrew Jordan 201
8 Jason Plato 199
9 Adam Morgan 179
10 Jack Goff 174
11 Tom Ingram 163
12 Ash Sutton 147
13 Josh Cook 129
14 Aron Taylor-Smith 120
15 Rob Austin 98
16 Aiden Moffat 82
17 Jake Hill 57
18 Jeff Smith 51
19 Daniel Lloyd 36
20 Dave Newsham 28
21 Martin Depper 27
22 Hunter Abbott 26
23 Daniel Welch 21
24 Michael Epps 19
25 James Cole 14
26 Ollie Jackson 11
27 Warren Scott 7
28 Alex Martin 3
29 Matt Simpson 1

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