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Shedden heads Honda 1-2 to top BTCC standings at Oulton Park

Sunday, May 21 2017

Reigning Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Gordon Shedden extended his newly-gained title lead with a win in race three at Oulton Park today (Sunday), beating early race leader Andrew Jordan to head a Honda 1-2 at the Cheshire circuit.

At the start, Cook got away well, but Jordan rocketed into the lead, whilst the Hondas ran abreast to prevent Rob Collard's BMW getting past, helping Ash Sutton into fifth place. Behind them, Mat Jackson's Ford slowed along the run to the hairpin and he parked up.

Shedden challenged Cook into the hairpin on lap two, and the Ford defended heavily, once again bunching the pack, which included Rob Austin, Jason Plato, Mike Epps and Jake Hill behind Collard. Shedden collided with Cook on lap three, and into Old Hall on the following tour, struck the back of the Ford again when switching to the inside line. Cook was bundled down the order, and dropped out with rear suspension damage at Cascades.

A soft-tyred Shedden chased after Jordan, who now had a useful lead, whilst team-mate Neal acted as his rear gunner. With all but the top two closely-bunched, progress could be made by Colin Turkington, who passed a battling Plato and Epps on his way up the order.

Further back, Aiden Moffat hit the barriers at Hill Top after contact with Dave Newsham, and this brought out the safety car. The race restarted on lap 13 and Shedden was immediately on the attack, nearly taking the lead at Old Hall next time round. Turkington was also fighting, passing team-mate Collard for fifth place.

On lap 15, a brave move at Cascades earned Shedden the race lead as Neal worked his way past Jordan out of the hairpin. Attention shifted to Turkington, who was swarming over Sutton's rear bumper. He tried to forced the Subaru driver into a mistake on the final lap and tried to out-drag him out of Lodge, but Sutton retained fourth place at the flag.

Shedden headed a Honda 1-2, with Jordan holding on for the final podium position to aid his title challenge, heading his team-mates, who were fifth and sixth. Austin completed a consistent weekend with seventh place, with Epps, Hill and Luke Davenport completing the top ten.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Race Three
1, Gordon Shedden, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R, 18 Laps
2, Matt Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +0.279s
3, Andrew Jordan, BMW Pirtek Racing, BMW 125i M-Sport,  +1.722s
4, Ash Sutton, Adrian Flux Subaru Racing, Subaru Levorg, +4.272s
5, Colin Turkington, Team BMW, BMW 125i M-Sport, +4.375s
6, Rob Collard, Team BMW, BMW 125i M-Sport, +4.590s
7, Rob Austin, Handy Motorsport, Toyota Avensis, +5.509s
8, Mike Epps, TAG Racing, VW CC, 7.045s
9, Jake Hill, TAG Racing, VW CC, 8.418s
10, Luke Davenport, Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo, Ford Focus, +8.736s

Once again Tom Ingram failed to score a point, stalling his title attack and dropping him to third place in the standings, 25 points behind new leader Shedden. Collard moves up to second place, whilst Turkington is fourth following a weekend that failed to deliver on its promise, once place ahead of a recovering Neal and race-two winner Sutton.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Title Standings after 12 of 30 rounds
1, Gordon Shedden, 157
2, Rob Collard, 141
3, Tom Ingram, 132
4, Colin Turkington, 126
5, Matt Neal, 124
6, Ash Sutton, 112

Next week, Oulton Park hosts Family Fun Day on Bank Holiday Monday 29 May. Tickets are available online for £10, with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.