BTCC Snetterton: Shedden defeats Collard with last-lap lunge

Reigning British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden capped a strong weekend at Snetterton with victory in the third race of the weekend at Snetterton

BTCC Snetterton: Shedden defeats Collard with last-lap lunge

The factory Honda Civic driver, who only carried nine kilos of success ballast in to the race, was able to track and pass BMW rival Rob Collard on the very last lap to snatch victory.

A first start was curtailed after a startline shunt at the initial getaway when an ITV cameraman was lucky to escape injury when a car rolled in to his camera tower.

At the restart, Jason Plato powered his Subaru Levorg into the lead initially from Collard and Mat Jackson's Motorbase Performance Ford Focus, after poleman Sam Tordoff had already been forced to retire when the propshaft failed on his BMW 125i M Sport.

Collard jumped ahead of Plato going through the Oggies and Williams corners on the second lap of the race to snatch the lead, and Plato was left to fend off Jackson.

However, the two came to blows on lap three, which caused damage to the Focus and shuffled Plato down the order.

Shedden was already up to fifth by this stage and took fourth from Rob Austin's Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis on lap three, the Scotsman then profiting from Plato and Jackson's clash to jump to second.

Although Collard was two second up the road, Shedden tracked the BMW and passed him through the Hamilton and Oggies complex on the final lap, despite damage to both cars.

"With four laps to go, that win wasn't on," said Shedden. "With three laps to go, I thought it might be.

"I could see Rob's tyres going off and I pressed hard. I had it in hand by just half a lap."

Austin held on for third place ahead of Plato, with the feisty Andrew Jordan, up from 14th on the grid, finishing in fifth place.

RESULTS - 10 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 19m56.310s
2 Rob Collard WSR BMW 0.525s
3 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 3.738s
4 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 4.306s
5 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 4.406s
6 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 5.278s
7 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 6.288s
8 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 6.434s
9 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 6.621s
10 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 7.219s
11 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 8.724s
12 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 9.365s
13 Jack Goff WSR BMW 16.650s
14 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 17.339s
15 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 18.337s
16 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 18.777s
17 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 19.945s
18 Kelvin Fletcher Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 20.718s
19 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 21.238s
20 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 23.045s
21 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 35.751s
- Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru Retirement
- Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford Retirement
- Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi Retirement
- Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Retirement
- Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford Retirement
- Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton Not started
- Michael Caine Team Hard Toyota Not started
- Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen Retirement
- Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda Retirement
- Sam Tordoff WSR BMW Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Rob Collard 188
2 Sam Tordoff 185
3 Matt Neal 182
4 Gordon Shedden 163
5 Colin Turkington 154
6 Mat Jackson 153
7 Tom Ingram 146
8 Andrew Jordan 146
9 Adam Morgan 143
10 Jack Goff 138
11 Jason Plato 125
12 Ash Sutton 121
13 Josh Cook 115
14 Aron Taylor-Smith 88
15 Rob Austin 77
16 Jeff Smith 47
17 Aiden Moffat 46
18 Jake Hill 45
19 Daniel Lloyd 36
20 Martin Depper 25
21 Hunter Abbott 24
22 Daniel Welch 19
23 Michael Epps 19
24 Warren Scott 7
25 James Cole 6
26 Alex Martin 3
27 Ollie Jackson 3
28 Matt Simpson 1

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