Shedden Loses Podium As Collard, Giovanardi Take Grid Drops

The frenetic fifth round of the 2014 British Touring Car Championship saw further penalties dished out in the aftermath of the day’s entertainment, Gordon Shedden, Rob Collard and Fabrizio Giovanardi the latest trio to receive penalties for incidents during Sunday’s action.

Honda Yuasa Racing‘s Shedden earned three podium finishes in a consistent weekend, his charge from ninth on the grid to third in race three allowing him to close the gap to Colin Turkington, who ended a dominant weekend with a non-finish in the final encounter due to a clutch issue.

During his charge in race three, Shedden passed Mat Jackson‘s Ford Focus ST at Hawthorn, making contact with the back of the Motorbase Performance machine as he did so.

The move was adjudged to have been gained unfairly through contact, and Shedden was moved behind Jackson to third place overall which means Turkington extends his championship lead to seven points heading to Snetterton on 2/3 August.

Turkington’s West Surrey Racing team-mate Collard also picked up a penalty for contact which edged Jack Goff‘s BMR Racing Vauxhall Insignia into a slide exiting Sunny on lap 11 of the final race at Croft. He will start from the back of the grid for the first race at Snetterton as his five-place penalty is his third infraction of the season – automatically becoming a full-grid penalty.

The same penalty has been handed to Motorbase Performance‘s Giovanardi, the Italian joining Collard at the back of the grid after he was also fined £500 and given three points on his license after contact with Aron Smith‘s BMR Volkswagen in race one.

Andrew Jordan also suffered a 10-place grid penalty to be applied for the next round at Snetterton despite winning the chaotic final race at Croft, applied for a lap one clash with Giovanardi’s Ford at Barcroft.