BTCC Croft Race 2: Shedden Secures Six Win Of The Season

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In what was an emphatic win for the now leader of the series, Honda Yuasa Racing's Gordon Shedden, took command of the lead from team mate Matt Neal at Tower corner on lap three, but didn't look back, even though he didn't make a complete run from the rest of the field. But it was a great day for the works Honda outfit, who now celebrated their 7th win in succession, with “Flash” securing his 6th win of the season.

From the start, Rob Collard in his eBay Motors BMW became leader of the pack at early doors, but as he found out on the first lap, Neal and Shedden were in hot pursuit, rapidly closing down on him. And then both the works Honda drivers were through, with Neal moving past Collard at Barcroft, with Shedden following suit at the complex.

Pirtek Racing's Andrew Jordan then made his presence known to Collard the following lap, screaming past the BMW driver at Tower corner. Then the battle of the rear-wheel drive machines was to provide the majority of the action, for those that were running in fourth, fifth and sixth. Rob Austin yet again on the pace, with his Audi A4, helping him once again to rise through the field, securing his first podium place finish of the year, having passed Collard on lap 6, and set about chasing down Jordan for third place.

Austin then passed the Pirtek driver just 7 laps later, as the pair exited the hairpin, with Collard having to defend from Jordan for fourth place, but secured fifth ahead on his team mate Tom Onslow-Cole, who looked eager to pass, but was unable to capitalise. MG KX Momentum Racing's Jason Plato made his own luck, with him starting from the back of the grid, after electrical issues plagued him in the first race, securing 7th, as a result of him being unable to make any real ground on Onslow-Cole, following his initial explosive charge up the field.

Frank Wrathall finished a well deserved 8th, which was of welcome relief to the Dynojet outfit, with the car suffering mechanical issues last time out, with Andy Neate and Nick Foster completing the top ten, with Foster finding himself on pole position for Round 15, as a result of the reverse-grid line up for the final race of the day. Foster now finds himself being drawn in pole position for the third time in his career, with 2011 seeing the BMW driver securing his best result in the BTCC, with second after starting on pole.

So, as the drivers head into the final race, Shedden and Neal are just two points ahead, with Plato now falling to being 40 points behind the Scot, with Collard 10 points behind the MG works driver.