Gordon Shedden takes first BTCC win of 2012 in second Donington Park race

Gordon Shedden took his first win of the season in the second British Touring Car Championship race at Donington Park on Sunday afternoon

Gordon Shedden takes first BTCC win of 2012 in second Donington Park race

The Motorbase Ford of Mat Jackson made a great start from pole and led Shedden by 2.3 seconds at the end of the opening lap. But Jackson's work was undone when a clash between Jason Plato's MG and the WSR BMW of Rob Collard at the Goddards chicane brought out the safety car.

Shedden was quicker after the restart and on lap five of 17 he moved his Honda alongside Jackson out of Coppice and secured the lead at Goddards.

While Shedden drew away, his team-mate Matt Neal started applying pressure to the ballast-laden Jackson. He passed the Focus just before half-distance.

Neal edged towards Shedden, but was never close enough to challenge, while race one winner Jackson held off Dave Newsham's ES Vauxhall Vectra to complete the podium.

Newsham had run behind the WSR BMW of Tom Onslow-Cole and Andrew Jordan's Eurotech Honda early on. As the BMW struggled with tyre wear, Jordan attacked and got a run on Onslow-Cole out of the Old Hairpin.

Jordan looked set to secure the place at McLeans, but Newsham tried to follow him through and nudged the Honda, dropping Jordan back to sixth and allowing the Vauxhall to jump from sixth to fourth. Newsham then pulled clear.

Jordan overtook Onslow-Cole shortly afterwards and, as the BMW fell down the order, Jeff Smith was able to make it four NGTC Hondas in the top six with his Eurotech example.

Tony Gilham (S2000 Honda Civic), a recovering Collard and Motorbase's Aron Smith all demoted Onslow-Cole further in the closing stages to leave the BMW driver 10th.

After his clash with Collard, which put the MG into the barriers, Plato made several pitstops and eventually came home 17th and last, four laps down.

The field had already been reduced to 20 prior to the race, with Ollie Jackson's AmD Volkswagen joining Rob Austin and John Thorne as withdrawals, due to engine issues.

Results - 17 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Gordon Shedden Honda 20m55.258s 2. Matt Neal Honda + 1.241s 3. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford + 2.685s 4. Dave Newsham ES Vauxhall + 3.308s 5. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Honda + 8.914s 6. Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda + 17.267s 7. Tony Gilham Gilham Honda + 17.854s 8. Rob Collard WSR BMW + 19.768s 9. Aron Smith Motorbase Ford + 19.816s 10. Tom Onslow-Cole WSR BMW + 20.650s 11. Nick Foster WSR BMW + 20.882s 12. Andy Neate MG + 23.396s 13. Adam Morgan Speedworks Toyota + 24.294s 14. Frank Wrathall Dynojet Toyota + 28.373s 15. Lea Wood Wood Vauxhall + 32.908s 16. Tony Hughes Speedworks Toyota + 1 lap Retirements: Jason Plato MG 13 laps Chris James ES Vauxhall 11 laps Liam Griffin Motorbase Ford 11 laps Daniel Welch Welch Proton 5 laps 
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