Mat Jackson has won the final race of the season as Honda's Gordon Shedden retains his British Touring Car Championship title after overhauling Sam Tordoff's long-term points lead in dramatic fashion at Brands Hatch.

Just two points separated Shedden and Tordoff in the BMW driver's favour heading into the final race. But the reigning champion caught and passed Tordoff before the latter dropped further behind to finish in fifth.

Third place was enough for Shedden to cruelly deny Tordoff his maiden BTCC crown after beating the WSR man by just two points.

Starting from pole position on the final reverse grid race of the year, Jackson led away from Aiden Moffat as all eyes turned to the climax of this year's title fight.

Behind the soft tyre running leaders, Tordoff crucially maintained his position in third place with MG's Josh Cook protecting the West Surrey Racing BMW from Honda's Gordon Shedden in fourth.

However, knowing time was of the essence, Shedden forced his way past Cook on the fourth lap of the race, meaning the top-two championship runners entered the fifth lap nose-to-tail.

But before the title protagonists could lock horns, a brief safety car period - needed whilst the marshals retrieved Warren Scott's stricken Subaru - halted play for the time being.

At this point the title remained on a knife edge as if Shedden was able to make his way past Tordoff, the Team Dynamics driver would draw level on points with Tordoff and retain the title on countback.

That's exactly what happened. It took less than a lap for Shedden to make his decisive move on Tordoff after making a clinical undercut move on the BMW 125i M Sport coming out of the final corner.

Shedden immediately established clean air between himself and Tordoff while WIX Racing's Adam Morgan made matters worse for the WSR man by passing him for fourth.

A late safety car, which created a one-lap showdown right at the end, did threaten Shedden's title crusade but the Scot held his nerve to win his third BTCC title.

Overshadowed by the crescendo of the title fight, Laser Tools Racing's Moffat dazzled to take his maiden podium finish on the road in second position ahead of Shedden while Morgan and Tordoff completed the remainder of the top-five.

 

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