Snetterton BTCC: Gordon Shedden retakes points lead with win

Gordon Shedden resisted WSR BMW duo Rob Collard and Colin Turkington to win the third Snetterton British Touring Car Championship race after Andrew Jordan's third WSR car slowed while leading

Snetterton BTCC: Gordon Shedden retakes points lead with win

Honda driver Shedden had run second for the majority of the race but inherited the lead on the penultimate lap as Jordan slowed with a suspected electrical issue.

Reversed grid polesitter James Cole retained the lead through the first corner ahead of Jordan, but an attack around the outside from Shedden into the Wilson hairpin bunched the top three up.

Jordan got a better exit off the corner and drove around the outside of Cole at Turn 3 to clinch the lead, with Shedden following him through and Collard getting past Team BMR Subaru driver Cole off the subsequent Agostini right-hander.

With six kilograms less ballast on board than his BMW rival, Shedden led the chasing pack - with he and Collard joined by Turkington after he too cleared Cole - in closing up to Jordan in the first half of the race.

Jordan regrouped and appeared to have the legs on the trio behind as he managed to extend an advantage of a second, but disaster struck on the penultimate lap as the BMW 125i M Sport slowed off the Wilson hairpin.

Shedden duly inherited the lead, and while he faced a great deal of pressure from behind over the rest of that lap, he then pulled a gap between Riches and the run to the Wilson hairpin at the start of the final tour.

As Turkington harried Collard unsuccessfully for second, Shedden made a crucial break and maintained his lead to the finish to clinch his third win of the season.

The victory returns Shedden to the head of the drivers' standings.

"It just seemed so unlikely after yesterday," said Shedden, who had qualified 21st on Saturday.

"We've had our dramas and just had to plug away and plug away.

"The car was OK - it got a little bit lively towards the end but then they started squabbling."

A lairy moment on the grass aside, Mat Jackson had a quiet but productive run to a second fourth-place finish of the day in his Motorbase Ford Focus, albeit finishing six seconds shy of third-placed Turkington.

Cole couldn't sustain a challenge at the front but still recorded his best finish in the BTCC in fifth, while Tom Ingram came out on top in a personal duel with the Team Hard Volkswagen CC of Jake Hill to claim sixth in his Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis.

Team BMR's Ash Sutton had the led the championship before the third race thanks to two victories earlier in the day, but his final race lasted less than a lap after he was hit by Rob Austin at Oggies.

Shedden now leads the championship by two points from Turkington, with Collard the same gap back in third and Sutton fourth - 11 points adrift of the leader.

RESULTS - 12 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 23m53.888s
2 Rob Collard WSR BMW 0.712s
3 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 1.007s
4 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 7.260s
5 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 7.743s
6 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 7.953s
7 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 10.260s
8 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 10.559s
9 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 11.424s
10 Tom Chilton Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 11.763s
11 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi 14.639s
12 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 15.345s
13 Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet 15.588s
14 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 21.982s
15 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford 22.679s
16 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 23.101s
17 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford 23.817s
18 Will Burns Team Hard Volkswagen 24.428s
19 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 24.788s
20 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet 30.052s
21 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 1m02.644s
- Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda Retirement
- Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes Retirement
- Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG Retirement
- Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda Retirement
- Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen Retirement
- Aron Taylor-Smith Triple Eight/MG MG Retirement
- Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford Retirement
- Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi Retirement
- Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota Retirement
- Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Gordon Shedden 221
2 Colin Turkington 219
3 Rob Collard 217
4 Ash Sutton 210
5 Tom Ingram 164
6 Matt Neal 157
7 Andrew Jordan 152
8 Mat Jackson 133
9 Jack Goff 128
10 Rob Austin 110
11 Adam Morgan 101
12 Aiden Moffat 72
13 Tom Chilton 70
14 Josh Cook 67
15 Jason Plato 60
16 Jake Hill 60
17 Michael Epps 43
18 Dave Newsham 39
19 Senna Proctor 26
20 Jeff Smith 25
21 Ollie Jackson 24
22 Matt Simpson 22
23 James Cole 20
24 Aron Taylor-Smith 18
25 Ant Whorton-Eales 14
26 Martin Depper 12
27 Luke Davenport 6
28 Daniel Lloyd 6
29 Chris Smiley 6
30 Brett Smith 2
31 Stephen Jelley 2
32 Josh Price 2

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