Donington Park: Shedden clinches BTCC victory in race three

Gordon Shedden gives the new Civic Tourer its first BTCC victory at Donington Park.
Honda's Gordon Shedden has won the final BTCC race of the day at Donington Park following an epic final lap duel with BMW's Colin Turkington.

Turkington, starting pole on the reverse race three grid, not only led every single lap but at one point also enjoyed a near five-second lead over the rest of the field.

Shedden, however, after dispatching Matt Neal and Jason Plato then relentlessly went about eating into Turkington's lead setting up an enthralling final lap showdown culminating in the pair both cutting the final chicane door to door.

The Scotsman's victory was the also the Civic Tourer's maiden success along with being the first Tourer machine to win in the BTCC.

Neal ensured it was a Honda one-three with an eventually comfortable final step on the rostrum.

Mat Jackson posted by far his strongest result of the season to finish a high of fourth, hinting his Airwaves squad may finally be getting to grips with their 2014 spec Focus.

Pirtek's Andrew Jordan again had to stage somewhat of a recovery after dropping down to 12th thanks to opening lap contact from the Honda of Shedden forcing the Civic wide.

Jordan ended the race fifth directly ahead of championship rival Jason Plato who played the safe points game in sixth.

Plato did hold second for half of the race but his MG struggled towards the later stages of the race.

The top-five championship contenders, led by Plato and Jordan level on 87 points, are now just separated by eight-points.

Rob Collard and Alain Menu both staged outstanding recovery drives to finish seventh and ninth after starting from the rear of the field.

Collard's eBay team mate Nick foster sandwiched the pair in eighth.

Adam Morgan salvaged a solitary top-ten finish in his Mercedes A-Class to end a frustrating weekend for the Wix Racing squad.

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Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
BMW returns to the BTCC with WSR
Ashley Sutton - Subaru Team BMR [pic credit BTCC]
Jack Goff, Eurotech Racing, [Credit: BTCC media]
Matt Simpson, Team Dynamics, [Credit: BTCC Media]
Rob Austin, Handy Motorsport [Credit: Handy Motorsport]
Andrew Jordan, WSR Pirtek BMW [Credit:Jakob Ebrey]
Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance, Shredded Wheat [Credit: Motorbase]
Gordon Shedden, Matt Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing [Credit: Halfords Yuasa]
Ant Whorton-Eales,, BTCC [Credit:]
Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance, Shredded Wheat [Credit: Motorbase]
Senna Proctor, Power Maxed Racing, BTCC [Credit: BTCC media]

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April 25, 2014 12:30 PM

RogRishton: What happened to the recent introduction of penalties for exceeding the track limits?? Sheddon clearly wasn't on the track at all to win race 3. No dispute. End of.
Really. And Turkington was on the track No. He left Shedden no room or option, hence no penalty.


April 21, 2014 9:23 AM

BTCC has been good to watch so far. A lot of teams with a chance of winning and a strong driver lineup. I'm finding it more entertaining than F1 2014 with the engines what sound like hoovers and no overtaking.

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