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Round 7: Shedden secures maiden victory.

Gordon Shedden secured his maiden victory in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after taking the win in race one at Oulton Park.

Many had expected SEAT to storm away from the field to secure victory but the race proved to be nothing like expected - and left a number of drivers to wonder what might have been.

The drama started before the race had even kicked off, with front-row starter James Thompson and Team RAC pairing Rob Collard and Colin Turkington among four drivers forced to start from the back of the field after missing the window to leave the pit lane and head to the grid. However poleman Plato wasn't without problems either, as he was handed a 30 second stop-go penalty after the SEAT Sport UK team put the wheels onto his Leon on the grid after the three minute board had been displayed.

That didn't stop Plato making the best start when the lights went green to lead into Old Hall from the BMW of Martyn Bell with James Kaye maintaining third. Plato seemed unable to shake off the BMW during the opening lap, but Bell overcooked it into Old Hall, running onto the grass and then spinning across the track and into the barrier.

The promoted Kaye to second, but he was soon overhauled by Shedden who inherited the lead when Plato pitted at the end of lap two to take his penalty.

Lap three saw Mike Jordan take Kaye to go second as Honda's held the first four places, Matt Neal having benefitted from the missing cars ahead to quickly jump up to fourth. Dave Pinkney was fifth, but was overhauled by Fabrizio Giovanardi and then came under attack from numerous cars - plummeting from sixth to outside the top ten in the matter of a lap.

Thompson had climbed to sixth by the end of lap four but despite closing onto the back of Giovanardi the SEAT started to slow and was gobbled up by the two MGs of Turkington and Collard. Continuing to drop back, Thompson was then taken by Gavin Smith, Tom Chilton and a recovering Dave Pinkney - SEAT going from a position where they looked set to fight for a one-two finish to instead pick up just a single point for Plato's pole.

Shedden did lose time at Knickerbrook on lap 12, but Jordan wasn't able to challenge for the position, allowing the Scot to secure his first BTCC victory as Jordan settled for second.

Despite coming under increasing pressure in the closing laps, Kaye took a fine third for the small Synchro team - comprised of workers from the Honda plant in Swindon - as the veteran picked up his first podium finish in over 250 BTCC races, with Neal fourth and Giovanardi fifth. Collard took sixth having passed Turkington on the penultimate lap when he was pushed wide at Lodge, with Smith, Chilton and Pinkney completing the top ten.


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Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
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