Shedden triumphs in race one

Gordon Shedden claimed his fourth British Touring Car Championship victory of the year in the opening race at Knockhill

Shedden triumphs in race one

The Honda driver out-dragged polesitter Alex MacDowall when the lights went out, held a massive slide at the first corner when the pair made contact, and led the whole race.

MacDowall took a career-best second place in his Chevrolet, 1.5 seconds behind Shedden, while Motorbase BMW driver Steven Kane completed the podium after passing Matt Neal for third on the penultimate lap.

Neal held off the advancing Tom Chilton (Arena Ford) and Jason Plato (Chevrolet) for fourth, although Plato still increased his championship lead to 15 points over Tom Onslow-Cole.

Arena Ford driver Onslow-Cole was involved in frenetic scenes in the midfield, triggered largely by the failure of the marshals to show the blue flags to debutant Jeff Smith - who was about to be lapped and did not, therefore, move aside for the quicker cars. Paul O'Neill dived inside the Triple 8 Vauxhall driver at McIntyres on lap 19, both ending up off the track and creating a titanic scrap for seventh between himself, Onslow-Cole, Mat Jackson's Motorbase BMW and Andrew Jordan's Eurotech Vauxhall.

Rob Collard had departed the battle after backing his WSR BMW into the tyres at Duffus Dip as a result of contact with both Onslow-Cole and Jordan. James Nash had also left the fray at the same corner, Jackson spinning the Triple 8 driver into the gravel. Onslow-Cole eventually claimed seventh ahead of O'Neill, Jordan and Jackson.

The race featured two safety car periods; both for debris on the track. The debris in the first instance was caused by first-corner excursions for John George (Tech-Speed Honda) and Andy Neate (WSR BMW).

Pos Driver Car Time/Gap 1. Gordon Shedden Honda 25m26.498s 2. Alex MacDowall Chevrolet + 1.592s 3. Steven Kane BMW + 5.630s 4. Matt Neal Honda + 6.303s 5. Tom Chilton Ford + 6.520s 6. Jason Plato Chevrolet + 6.949s 7. Tom Onslow-Cole Ford + 17.256s 8. Paul O'Neill Honda + 17.308s 9. Andrew Jordan Vauxhall + 18.190s 10. Mat Jackson BMW + 18.329s 11. David Pinkney Vauxhall + 20.948s 12. Andy Neate BMW + 21.175s 13. Shaun Hollamby Volkswagen + 35.060s 14. Jeff Smith Vauxhall + 1 lap Retirements: Tom Boardman SEAT 21 laps Rob Collard BMW 18 laps James Nash Vauxhall 12 laps John George Honda 2 laps 
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