BTCC Rockingham: Gordon Shedden wins ahead of lively race

Gordon Shedden claimed a comfortable victory in the second British Touring Car Championship encounter at Rockingham, as a series of stunning battles lit up the racing behind

BTCC Rockingham: Gordon Shedden wins ahead of lively race

Honda man Shedden was untroubled en route to extending his championship lead, converting pole into his fourth win of the season.

Mat Jackson gave chase initially but the race-one winner had 75kg ballast aboard his Motorbase Ford Focus and fell as far as three seconds behind Shedden at one stage before finishing 2.7s adrift.

But he was a lonely runner-up, as behind a thrilling fight raged for the final podium slot.

Rookie Josh Cook prevailed over Adam Morgan with a move round the outside at the Brook chicane on the final lap.

It capped a stellar drive from the Power Maxed Racing man, who started 14th in his Chevrolet Cruze but was ninth at the end of the first lap.

He moved past Hunter Abbott's Audi and Jeff Smith's Eurotech Honda on the next two tours, then nailed Abbott's team-mate Rob Austin for sixth just half a dozen laps in.

Colin Turkington was his next target as the Team BMR Volkswagen CC started to struggle slightly on his soft tyres, and Cook breezed past at Deene at half-distance.

A lap later he passed Jack Goff's MG for fourth, before reeling in Morgan and applying substantial pressure over the final three laps.

They ran side-by-side on several occasions before Cook cut underneath the Mercedes A-Class exiting Tarzan for the final time, and bravely outbraked Morgan into the last corner.

A similarly combative drive from Matt Neal - which included fine late-braking moves on Turkington and Goff at Tarzan and Yentwood respectively - earned the Honda man fifth.

He was well clear of Austin, who was a well-earned sixth and well clear of another terrific scrap behind.

That went the way of Jason Plato, whose opening race was ruined by an incident caused by Cook and who finished the opening lap down in 14th.

Plato made slow progress initially on his soft tyres, but he edged towards the top 10 with moves on team-mate Aron Smith and Tom Ingram, and then made contact with Abbott at Pif Paf.

The VW hit the inside kerb and bounced into the Audi, spinning it off, though Plato continued in 11th.

He passed Jeff Smith at Deene with four laps remaining but was still only 10th - and then pulled a stunning move to pass Turkington and Sam Tordoff in one go at the same corner.

Plato then passed Goff, struggling on softs, on the penultimate lap to clinch seventh.

Turkington also beat the ailing MG in a run to the line to steal eighth, with Ingram completing the top 10 - and bagging pole for the partially-reversed race-three grid.

RACE TWO RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda 16 22m42.190s
2 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 16 2.778s
3 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet 16 5.185s
4 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 16 5.434s
5 Matt Neal Honda Honda 16 6.765s
6 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi 16 7.203s
7 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen 16 17.303s
8 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen 16 20.753s
9 Jack Goff MG MG 16 20.936s
10 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 16 20.955s
11 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen 16 21.514s
12 Andrew Jordan MG MG 16 22.660s
13 Aiden Moffat Aiden Moffat Racing Mercedes 16 22.711s
14 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 16 22.805s
15 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 16 24.144s
16 Nick Foster WSR BMW 16 24.728s
17 James Cole Motorbase Ford 16 25.836s
18 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 16 31.682s
19 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 16 35.127s
20 Warren Scott Team BMR Volkswagen 16 35.701s
21 Mike Bushell AmD Ford 16 38.368s
22 Robb Holland Handy Motorsport Toyota 16 38.774s
23 Hunter Abbott Rob Austin Racing Audi 16 44.972s
24 Nicolas Hamilton AmD Audi 16 49.152s
25 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti 16 50.519s
26 Alex Martin Team Parker Ford 16 56.968s
27 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota 16 1m06.529s
28 Rob Collard WSR BMW 14 2 Laps
- Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet 6 Retirement
- Kieran Gallagher Team Hard Toyota 0 Not started

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