BTCC Donington Park Race 3: Jackson Disqualified, Shedden Handed Win

Mat Jackson - Photo Credit:
Shedden (back) only crossed the line in third, but penalties for Jackson and Plato see him named the victor - Photo Credit:

A dramatic twist to proceedings at the end of today’s British Touring Car round at Donington Park has seen Mat Jackson stripped of his Race 3 victory.

Jackson’s Redstone Racing team were found to be guilty of a technical infringement, with their leading driver’s Ford Focus having exceeded the permitted turbo boost limits.

That means that Honda Yuasa Racing Team driver Gordon Shedden has been handed the victory, adding to his triumph in the second race of the day. That comes despite having crossed the line at the end of race three down in third place.

He had already gained a place in the results when Jason Plato was handed a two-second penalty for pushing Shedden’s car through the gravel at the final chicane on the last lap. The penalty demoted Plato to third, but Jackson’s exclusion has seen him promoted back in second place.

That gives Plato a clear championship lead, four points ahead of Shedden’s Honda teammate Matt Neal, with Jackson plummeting all the way down to sixth having been set to leave Donington tied at the head of the points with Plato.

The decision also meant that Tony Gilham has scored his first podium finish, classified third in the final results in his privately-run Honda Civic.