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Shedden wins amidst post-race drama
15 April 2012
Gordon Shedden secured his second victory of the day in the final Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park – despite being the third driver to cross the line when the chequered flag flew.
Mat Jackson had led the race for large part, initially off the line and then after battling ahead of the Vauxhall Vectra of Dave Newsham. Jackson had then pushed to build a lead after a Safety Car period caused by Matt Neal and Andy Jordan touching – which ended with Neal in the gravel – but in the closing stages he came under pressure from both Shedden and the MG of Jason Plato.
As the pair squabbled, Jackson took the flag first while behind, Plato forced his way past Shedden at the final corner to take second place.
After the race, Plato was handed a penalty for the move to drop him back behind Shedden before Jackson was excluded for a turbo overboost issue – handing Shedden his second victory of the day.
Fourth on the road, and third in the results, was Tony Gilham after easily his best result to date in the BTCC, with Rob Collard's BMW and the two Pirtek Racing Hondas of Jeff Smith and Andrew Jordan following him home. Collard had earlier run off at the Old Hairpin while fighting Newsham for the lead and forced team-mate Tom Onslow-Cole to take avoiding action as he rejoined.
Elsewhere, Andy Neate's tough start the season continued when a clash with Aron Smith ended with his car going into the wall on the start-finish straight. Although he returned to the pits and rejoined after repairs, he would soon be back into the pits to retire.