Shedden victorious amid carnage

Gordon Shedden triumphed in a chaotic first British Touring Car Championship race at Donington Park to claim his fifth win of the season

Shedden victorious amid carnage

The Honda driver overtook Tom Onslow-Cole's Arena Ford during the second half of the race, and avoided a multi-car accident that involved championship contenders Jason Plato and Matt Neal just two corners later.

Chevrolet driver Plato tagged the back of Neal's Honda at the new Goddards chicane on lap 12, causing his rival to hit one of the foam barriers placed on the inside of the corner.

The pair collided instantly, breaking Plato's left-front wheel and sending him off into the tyre wall at the exit of the corner.

Behind them Andrew Jordan (Eurotech Vauxhall) and Rob Collard (WSR BMW) collided with the momentum taking Jordan into the side of Plato's car as well.

Throughout the mayhem, which also involved Onslow-Cole whacking a different barrier, Tom Chilton followed Shedden's lead and Mat Jackson (Motorbase BMW) threaded the eye of the needle to move up from eighth to fourth in one hit.

Jackson and Alex MacDowall (Chevrolet) made it home third and fourth as both passed Onslow-Cole before the end, while Neal was also able to continue to finish fifth.

The results mean that Plato's championship lead has been cut from 20 points to 14 over Neal, while Shedden and Onslow-Cole are now 17 and 20 points behind with five races still to go.

Steven Kane climbed from 21st on the grid to finish sixth in his Motorbase BMW, but he was involved in a three-car incident with Tom Boardman (Special Tuning UK SEAT) and Paul O'Neill that ended up with the Tech-Speed Honda crashing out on lap five.

Boardman claimed seventh, one place ahead of the hobbled Onlsow-Cole while James Kaye (WRC Honda) made a superb return after four years away from the BTCC as he passed David Pinkney's Pinkney Vauxhall for ninth on the final lap.

Pos  Driver           Car           Time/Gap
 1.  Gordon Shedden   Honda       26m45.547s
 2.  Tom Chilton      Ford          + 0.299s
 3.  Mat Jackson      BMW           + 1.193s
 4.  Alex MacDowall   Chevrolet     + 1.558s
 5.  Matt Neal        Honda         + 2.789s
 6.  Steven Kane      BMW           + 4.207s
 7.  Tom Boardman     SEAT          + 5.861s
 8.  Tom Onslow-Cole  Ford          + 6.441s
 9.  James Kaye       Honda         + 7.259s
10.  David Pinkney    Vauxhall      + 7.969s
11.  Martin Johnson   Vauxhall      + 8.271s
12.  John George      Honda         + 8.488s
13.  Lea Wood         Honda        + 10.299s
14.  Shaun Hollamby   Volkswagen   + 11.263s
15.  Andy Neate       BMW          + 11.479s
16.  Rob Collard      BMW          + 12.413s
17.  James Nash       Vauxhall       + 1 lap
18.  Arthur Forster   BMW            + 1 lap

Retirements:

     Jason Plato      Chevrolet   11 laps
     Andrew Jordan    Vauxhall    11 laps
     Paul O'Neill     Honda       4 laps
shares
comments
Chilton leads all-Ford front row
Previous article

Chilton leads all-Ford front row

Next article

Onslow-Cole earns Donington victory

Onslow-Cole earns Donington victory
Autosport writers' most memorable moments of 2022 Plus

Autosport writers' most memorable moments of 2022

The season just gone was a memorable one for many of our staff writers, who are fortunate enough to cover motorsport around the world. Here are our picks of the best (and in some cases, most eventful) from 2022

Formula 1
Dec 31, 2022
How the BTCC's new hybrid era aced its first test Plus

How the BTCC's new hybrid era aced its first test

Expectations were high for the start of the British Touring Car Championship’s hybrid power era, and despite nerves and problems to solve prior to its debut the new rules gained widespread approval. Here’s how the first test at Donington Park was passed and the thorough examinations that are to follow

BTCC
Apr 28, 2022
The Ford BTCC superteam combining two reigning TOCA champions Plus

The Ford BTCC superteam combining two reigning TOCA champions

Reigning BTCC champion Ash Sutton and Porsche Carrera Cup GB victor Dan Cammish form a potent line-up at the Motorbase-run NAPA Racing team as the series adopts hybrid power. With Sutton bringing the key components of his title-winning Laser Tools Racing set-up, and Cammish eager to prove a point on his return, their dynamic is set to be one of the season's major talking points

BTCC
Apr 21, 2022
The stalwart tin-top boss still shaping careers more than 40 years on Plus

The stalwart tin-top boss still shaping careers more than 40 years on

Veteran team manager Marvin Humphries and former Tech-Speed team boss has worked not only with stars of the British Touring Car Championship, but legends including Gil de Ferran, Hans Stuck and Tom Sneva in a long and varied career that has spanned five decades across tin-tops, single-seaters and sportscars

BTCC
Feb 4, 2022
The grassroots rise that shaped an understated BTCC star Plus

The grassroots rise that shaped an understated BTCC star

Having started out in club-level competitions alongside his own university engineering studies, Josh Cook's journey to becoming an established frontrunner in the British Touring Car Championship is atypical. But it's these experiences that have moulded the 30-year-old into a humble star, respected throughout the paddock

BTCC
Jan 12, 2022
Ranking the top 10 BTCC drivers of 2021 Plus

Ranking the top 10 BTCC drivers of 2021

A refresh in equipment and some returning faces helped contribute to a supremely competitive 2021 British Touring Car Championship campaign. Ash Sutton was crowned a three-time champion, successfully defending his 2020 title, but faced stiff competition in the final year before the switch to hybrid. Autosport picks out the best performers

BTCC
Nov 17, 2021
Why the BTCC's ballast increase couldn't stop champion Sutton Plus

Why the BTCC's ballast increase couldn't stop champion Sutton

Ballast will be gone from the BTCC next year as hybrid power enters the scene, but for its final season the maximum was increased from 60kg to 75kg. Despite having to carry that nearly all season, Ash Sutton was always the favourite to pocket a third title - the 27-year-old getting his reward for a season of speed tempered by savvy to nail his opportunities

BTCC
Nov 12, 2021
The much-loved tin-top superstar bowing out at 59 Plus

The much-loved tin-top superstar bowing out at 59

OPINION: It's not often that a driver achieves widespread affection for their personality, as well as their on-track performances. One such individual is Gabriele Tarquini, who will soon bring the curtain down on a remarkable career that has yielded touring car titles on the European and global stage - and, famously, in Britain too

BTCC
Nov 11, 2021