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Shedden battles through to win BTCC race three at Snetterton

Sunday, August 04 2013

Gordon Shedden added to Honda's victory tally with a win in the final Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race at Snetterton today (Sunday). It was another race full of incident, with both Jason Plato and Matt Neal involved in first-lap skirmishes.

From the reverse top-eight start Turkington rocketed through into the lead as poleman Dave Newsham looked to have had the better of fellow-front row man Shedden. However the Honda enjoyed much better acceleration into Riches to hold second as the Toyota was shuffled down the order. Newsham's day then came to an abrupt end when he and Neal collided, meanwhile Jason Plato hit the barrier hard and rolled into retirement, joining Newsham on the sidelines.

Naturally the safety car was called into action, with Turkington leading Shedden, Mat Jackson, Aron Smith, Adam Morgan, Rob Austin, Andrew Jordan and the rest of the field, which was trailed by Neal.

The restart saw Will Bratt, Dan Welch and Ollie Jackson come a cropper at Riches as Turkington led Shedden and the Focuses. There was a familiar look to the action, albeit with Jordan, Sam Tordoff and Neal a little further back but working on their recovery plans.

Shedden was determined to record a win and readied himself for an assault on the race leader. Throwing caution to the wind through Riches on lap seven he rubbed his way around the outside of Montreal but to no avail. One lap later he tried again but eventually settled for a dive followed by inevitable contact at Agostini. Turkington resumed in seventh place, ahead of Tordoff, Nick Foster and Neal.

Shedden now led Jackson by a second, with Airwaves team mate Smith under attack from Morgan as a success-ballasted Jordan tried to hang on. The pace of the battle drew the Pirtek machine closer, followed by Tordoff and Turkington and this became the key battle of the race. Tordoff went on the attack and executed a clean manoeuvre at Riches. Morgan got the message but his forceful attempts to gain a podium position left him vulnerable to the MG. This left Smith to run clear as the quartet behind squabbled over the scraps on offer.

All of this was of no concern to Shedden or Jackson, the pair running together to the flag, albeit separated by a couple of seconds. It was a close run thing, but Smith held Morgan at bay to complete the podium to the Airwaves team's delight after a tough opening half to the season. Tordoff took fifth place from Turkington, with Jordan and Neal heading eBay team mates Collard and Foster.

Lea Wood completed a hat trick of Jack Sears Trophy wins, with David Nye second in class.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race three

1, Gordon Shedden, Honda Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic, 15 Laps
2, Mat Jackson, Airwaves Racing, Ford Focus, +3.090s
3, Aron Smith, Airwaves Racing, Ford Focus, +10.656s
4, Adam Morgan, Ciceley Racing, Toyota Avensis, +11.995s
5, Sam Tordoff, MG KX Momentum Racing, MG6, +12.578s
6, Colin Turkington, eBay Motors, BMW 125i M Sport, +12.991s
7, Andrew Jordan, Pirtek Racing, Honda Civic, +13.846s
8, Matt Neal, Honda Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic, +18.939s
9, Rob Collard, eBay Motors, BMW 125i M Sport, +19.055s
10, Nick Foster, eBay Motors, BMW 125i M Sport, +20.445s

The next major event at Snetterton is the British Truck Racing Championship on 25/26 August. Tickets are available from £18, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.