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Shedden claims BTCC race two win for Honda at Snetterton

Sunday, August 07 2011

Gordon Shedden has claimed a win for Honda at the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race on the Snetterton 300 circuit today. Meanwhile team mate Matt Neal's bad day continued with handling problems neutralising a spectacular charge.

The Chevrolets made a good start initially, however the Honda of Shedden challenged for second at Riches and claimed the lead by Montreal. Meanwhile James Nash and Frank Wrathall edged past the Chevrolets in the confusion, whilst Mat Jackson took a trip across the grass at the Brundle-Nelson esses.

With Wrathall fighting Nash, Matt Neal was working his way up the order from the back. Into the top ten by lap one, he then passed Paul O'Neill before a tussle with Jackson. The Airwaves driver then sent Tom Onslow-Cole sideways, letting Neal past both and leaving Jackson to lose another place to O'Neill, before having to battle with Onslow-Cole once more.

Neal really was the man on the move now, chasing after Dave Newsham in sixth and once past, setting his sights on the Chevrolet pair. However he was then forced to make a pitstop next time round and a long wait to change a wheel put him back to where he was earlier in the day - at the tail of the field.

This put some attention on Jackson, who was bearing down on O'Neill and Newsham. Plato may have got wind of both these developments as he was now right on Wrathall's tail and keen to add to his points haul. For the Toyota driver this was also a big deal as he was chasing a maiden podium but he was mugged by the Chevrolets on lap 9 and fell straight into the clutches of Newsham, O'Neill and Jackson. His race then took a turn for the worse as the car pulled off just a few corners later.

O'Neill then took Newsham at Brundle, and Jackson tracked the Seat closely through Coram. His bid was completed at Montreal. This left third to seventh tied together on the final lap as Shedden and Nash sat comfortably ahead. The Triple 8 Vauxhall had tracked the Honda closely for the duration of the race but the Scotsman was not to be denied.

Plato completed the podium from MacDowall, O'Neill and Jackson, whilst Newsham kept seventh, with Onslow-Cole eighth. Fortune improved for Andrew Jordan and Rob Collard, the pair completing the top ten.

Race three will start at 17:05, with Dave Newsham drawn to start on pole.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Race Two

1. Gordon Shedden, Honda, 12 Laps
2. James Nash, Triple 8, Vauxhall, +1.597s
3. Jason Plato, Silverline, Chevrolet, +8.636s
4. Alex MacDowall, Silverline, Chevrolet, +9.233s
5. Paul O'Neill, Tech-Speed, Chevrolet, +9.910s
6. Mat Jackson, Airwaves, Ford, +10.185s
7. Dave Newsham, Special Tuning, SEAT, +13.072s
8. Tom Onslow-Cole, AON, Ford, +15.373s
9. Andrew Jordan, Pirtek, Vauxhall, +19.526
10. Rob Collard, WSR, BMW, +21.528s

Raceday tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring car Championship at Snetterton are still available on the gate for £30, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information, click the link below.

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