Gordon Shedden fought to victory in the final Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race at Oulton Park as Halfords Yuasa Racing claimed a one-two finish.
The final race of the day in Cheshire was brought to an abrupt halt however early on, Aiden Moffat spearing into the barriers at Hill Top after contact with Dave Newsham‘s BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze.
Andrew Jordan had made the best start to beat pole-sitter Josh Cook into the first corner, the West Surrey Racing man making an early break ahead of the Ford Focus man.
Lying third and fourth, it took until lap four for Shedden to make his move on Cook’s Ford, contact damaging the latter’s car as Shedden squeezed by at Old Hall. Matt Neal made his move at Cascades a corner later, but Cook was forced into retirement as he skated wide at the left-hander.
Following Moffat’s accident, the story of the race became the recovery of the Honda duo of Shedden and Neal. Both set off after the BMW of leader Jordan, Shedden sliding inside the Pirtek Racing man at Cascades before his team-mate grabbed second spot exiting the Island hairpin on lap 15.
Shedden hung on for his second victory of the season, the reigning champion followed home by team-mate Neal and the BMW of WSR’s Jordan.
Shedden also extended his championship lead, Tom Ingram failing to finish for the third time in three races at Oulton Park.
Fourth was a hard-fought result for Team BMR‘s Ashley Sutton, who held onto the place with maximum ballast under huge pressure from the BMWs of Colin Turkington and Rob Collard.
Seventh went to Rob Austin, while the top 10 was rounded out by Mike Epps, Jake Hill and top rookie, Luke Davenport.
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