Knockhill BTCC: Gordon Shedden takes win for Honda at home

Gordon Shedden claimed a comfortable home victory in the second British Touring Car Championship race at Knockhill

Knockhill BTCC: Gordon Shedden takes win for Honda at home

The local hero passed polesitter Mat Jackson in the early stages of the race and managed a safety-car restart with ease to eventually win by over three seconds.

Shedden got ahead of Jackson's Motorbase Ford by virtue of a superb run through the chicane on lap five, and dived by into Clark's Curve before going on to build a lead of almost five seconds before half-distance.

Stewart Lines' stranded Houseman Toyota Avensis required a safety-car clear-up though, which meant Shedden's Honda Civic Type-R soon had Jackson for company again.

At the restart, though, the Scot was untroubled - and streaked clear again to claim his third win of the season.

His nearest challenger, 3.4s back, was race-one winner Rob Collard, who passed Rob Austin and Rob Collard in the final third of the race.

Collard moved into third when Austin ran wide at the chicane and briefly skittered across the gravel in his Audi A4, then passed Jackson on the run down to the hairpin with three laps remaining.

Austin fell to sixth with his off, allowing Andrew Jordan to take a hard-earned fourth in his MG, having defended well from Andy Priaulx's WSR BMW in the closing stages.

Three-time world champion Priaulx made steady progress from the fifth row to end up fifth, with Austin not far off the 125i M Sport's bumper as they crossed the line.

Jason Plato's race-one strategy of not taking up his proper grid slot yielded a ninth-place start, and he rose to seventh by the flag.

His progress was aided by Team BMR team-mate Colin Turkington retiring.

The reigning champion was defending sixth from Priaulx early on when the BMW man went to the outside of the final hairpin, and Turkington sustained left-rear suspension damage when he moved across exiting the corner and clouted the WSR driver.

Matt Neal had a quiet run to eighth, harrying Plato all the way in the second Honda, while Aiden Moffat drove well to claim ninth on home soil ahead of Adam Morgan in the similar Ciceley-built Mercedes A-Class.

RESULTS - 27 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda 25m36.720s
2 Rob Collard WSR BMW 3.419s
3 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 4.371s
4 Andrew Jordan MG MG 4.946s
5 Andy Priaulx WSR BMW 5.219s
6 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi 5.831s
7 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen 6.281s
8 Matt Neal Honda Honda 7.168s
9 Aiden Moffat Aiden Moffat Racing Mercedes 8.982s
10 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 11.772s
11 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 12.257s
12 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet 14.134s
13 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 14.257s
14 Jack Goff MG MG 14.560s
15 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet 15.456s
16 Robb Holland Handy Motorsport Toyota 17.713s
17 James Cole Motorbase Ford 20.734s
18 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 23.577s
19 Warren Scott Team BMR Volkswagen 24.784s
20 Alex Martin Team Parker Ford 29.754s
21 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti 1 Lap
- Sam Tordoff WSR BMW Retirement
- Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda Retirement
- Mike Bushell AmD Ford Retirement
- Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen Retirement
- Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota Retirement
- Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen Not started
- Kieran Gallagher Team Hard Toyota Not started

RACE THREE STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car
1 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes
2 Aiden Moffat Aiden Moffat Racing Mercedes
3 Matt Neal Honda Honda
4 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen
5 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi
6 Andy Priaulx WSR BMW
7 Andrew Jordan MG MG
8 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford
9 Rob Collard WSR BMW
10 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda
11 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda
12 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet
13 Jack Goff MG MG
14 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet
15 Robb Holland Handy Motorsport Toyota
16 James Cole Motorbase Ford
17 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton
18 Warren Scott Team BMR Volkswagen
19 Alex Martin Team Parker Ford
20 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti
21 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW
22 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda
23 Mike Bushell AmD Ford
24 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen
25 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota
26 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen
27 Kieran Gallagher Team Hard Toyota
28 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota

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