Gordon Shedden leads Honda one-two in Brands Hatch BTCC race two

Reigning champion Gordon Shedden opened his 2016 victory account in the second British Touring Car Championship race at Brands Hatch

Gordon Shedden leads Honda one-two in Brands Hatch BTCC race two

The Scot was helped by trouble for others ahead to cement his place at the head of the points table after picking up a second position in the opening race earlier in the day.

Race one winner Tom Ingram's Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis was on the softer option Dunlop tyres.

He made a strong start to lead into the opening corner, while the fast-starting WSR BMW 125i M Sport of Rob Collard jumped both works Hondas to run in second.

Contact followed between Collard and Ingram as the pair battled through Paddock Hill Bend and into Druids on lap two.

Collard spun and Ingram picked rear suspension damage. The BMW continued but the Toyota was forced to retire.

That left Shedden in command from his Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R team-mate Matt Neal and the pair remained unchallenged throughout.

Aron Smith started strongly from seventh and profited when those ahead hit trouble. He powered his way ahead of Josh Cook's Triple Eight Racing MG just past quarter-distance to claim his first podium of the year for BTCC newcomer Team BKR.

Motorbase Performance Ford Focus pairing Andrew Jordan and Mat Jackson were fourth and fifth - despite a late scare for Jackson when he slid off on oil at Graham Hill Bend.

Cook also went off on the oil, handing sixth to his rookie team-mate Ashley Sutton.

RESULTS - 26 LAPS

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 22m27.048s
2 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.848s
3 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 3.132s
4 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 4.165s
5 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 7.176s
6 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 8.647s
7 Jack Goff WSR BMW 9.682s
8 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 10.076s
9 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 10.395s
10 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 10.588s
11 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 11.829s
12 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 17.276s
13 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 18.462s
14 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 18.738s
15 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 19.036s
16 Rob Collard WSR BMW 20.873s
17 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 21.303s
18 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 23.468s
19 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 23.840s
20 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 24.678s
21 Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 29.454s
22 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 30.440s
23 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 30.865s
24 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 35.224s
25 Kelvin Fletcher Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 37.381s
26 Andy Neate Dynamics/Honda Honda 40.840s
27 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen 45.944s
28 Chris Smiley Team Hard Toyota 2 Laps
- Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG Retirement
- Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota Retirement
- Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Retirement
- Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford Retirement

RACE THREE STARTING GRID

Pos Driver Team Car
1 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW
2 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes
3 Jack Goff WSR BMW
4 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG
5 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford
6 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford
7 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen
8 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda
9 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda
10 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda
11 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes
12 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton
13 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru
14 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota
15 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet
16 Rob Collard WSR BMW
17 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota
18 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda
19 James Cole Team BMR Subaru
20 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru
21 Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru
22 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda
23 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi
24 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford
25 Kelvin Fletcher Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet
26 Andy Neate Dynamics/Honda Honda
27 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen
28 Chris Smiley Team Hard Toyota
29 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG
30 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota
31 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota
32 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford


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