Oulton Park BTCC: Honda's Gordon Shedden battles to win in finale

Reigning champion Gordon Shedden won the final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Oulton Park to solidify his position at the head of the standings

Oulton Park BTCC: Honda's Gordon Shedden battles to win in finale

Shedden fought a huge battle to unseat reversed grid polesitter Josh Cook's Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus from second place over the opening laps as both trailed Andrew Jordan's fast-starting WSR BMW 125i M Sport.

On lap four, Shedden made contact with Cook as the pair approached Old Hall corner, which broke the suspension on Cook's car and ruled him out of the running.

There was a long mid-race safety car period when Aiden Moffat was fired into the tyre wall at Hilltop just before half-distance.

The race was neutralised for five laps, and at the restart, Jordan was immediately under pressure from the pair of factory Hondas.

Going into Cascades with three laps to go, Shedden lunged down the inside of Jordan.

"I didn't expect to make the move there," said Shedden.

"I don't know if Andrew had not been able to turn his tyres on after the caution period, but my car was on fire.

"Andrew braked a little bit early at Cascades and I had to go to the inside so I did not hit him."

Jordan was slightly off line after the move, and that allowed Neal to capitalise and make a pass as the cars went into the Island hairpin.

Behind the top three, race two winner Ash Sutton performed heroics in the Team BMR Subaru Levorg to keep firstly Rob Collard and then Colin Turkington behind him.

The two WSR BMWs were pushing him hard throughout but were unable to unseat the estate-shaped car.

Turkington's fifth spot was earned despite the fact he started 13th after an electrical problem earlier in the day.

Rob Austin was seventh and the leading independent runner in his Handy Toyota, ahead of Mike Epps' Team Hard VW CC and the sister VW of Jake Hill.

Motorbase Performance Ford Focus racer Luke Davenport rounded out the top 10.

RESULTS - 18 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 29m41.142s
2 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.279s
3 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 1.722s
4 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 4.272s
5 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 4.375s
6 Rob Collard WSR BMW 4.590s
7 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 5.509s
8 Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen 7.045s
9 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 8.418s
10 Luke Davenport Motorbase Ford 8.736s
11 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 9.077s
12 Daniel Lloyd Triple Eight/MG MG 9.414s
13 Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet 9.789s
14 Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda 10.248s
15 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 10.605s
16 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 11.412s
17 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford 12.041s
18 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 12.099s
19 Tom Chilton Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 12.505s
20 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet 13.958s
21 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi 15.882s
22 Will Burns Team Hard Volkswagen 16.786s
23 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford 19.397s
24 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 19.419s
25 Aron Taylor-Smith Triple Eight/MG MG 27.750s
26 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 33.920s
27 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 1 Lap
- James Cole Team BMR Subaru Not classified
- Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes Retirement
- Josh Cook Maximum Motorsport Ford Retirement
- Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford Retirement
- Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes Not started

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Gordon Shedden 157
2 Rob Collard 141
3 Tom Ingram 132
4 Colin Turkington 126
5 Matt Neal 124
6 Ash Sutton 112
7 Andrew Jordan 98
8 Adam Morgan 96
9 Jack Goff 90
10 Rob Austin 83
11 Aiden Moffat 66
12 Josh Cook 58
13 Mat Jackson 56
14 Tom Chilton 47
15 Michael Epps 39
16 Dave Newsham 35
17 Jake Hill 32
18 Jeff Smith 25
19 Aron Taylor-Smith 18
20 Jason Plato 18
21 Matt Simpson 15
22 Senna Proctor 12
23 Luke Davenport 6
24 Daniel Lloyd 6
25 Ollie Jackson 5
26 Ant Whorton-Eales 4
27 Chris Smiley 1
28 Josh Price 1
29 Martin Depper 1


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