Gordon Shedden Delights Scottish Crowd With Knockhill Win

Gordon Shedden gave the Scottish crowd a home win in the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Knockhill.

The Scot held onto his front row spot behind pole-sitter Mat Jackson when the lights went out, but soon moved into the lead with a neat dive inside the Motorbase Ford Focus ST heading into Clark for the fifth time.

A safety car interruption to remove Stewart Lines‘ stricken Toyota Avensis from the hairpin gravel trap delayed proceedings, before Shedden bolted once again to leave Jackson fighting to hold onto second spot.

His biggest threat for much of the race was Rob Austin, Jackson making the Focus as wide as possible as he grimly held onto the spot. Contact at the hairpin caused slight damage to the rear of the Ford, but Austin himself then lost out at the chicane to race one winner Rob Collard, as well as Andrew Jordan‘s MG and Andy Priaulx‘s BMW.

Shedden took victory at his home circuit for the first time since 2011 by 3.4s, the Honda man joined by Collard and Jackson on the podium as the former drove by Jackson heading into the hairpin on lap 25.

Triple Eight‘s Jordan was attacked by Priaulx in the closing laps as the battle for fourth intensified, but the 2013 champion held on ahead of the West Surrey Racing driver, Austin’s Audi A4 next up ahead of championship leader Jason Plato.

Plato’s championship lead was however extended thanks to the retirement of his team-mate and closest title rival, Colin Turkington, who suffered terminal suspension damage following contact at the hairpin from Priaulx. Sam Tordoff also suffered a disaster for WSR, finishing 22nd after a puncture.

The top 10 was rounded out by Matt Neal (Honda), Aiden Moffat and fellow Mercedes A-Class driver, Adam MorganMartin Depper charged up to 11th meanwhile, ahead of Tom Ingram who had started 25th for Speedworks.

Race three gets underway at 17:07, and you can keep up with the action here at www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk, or via Twitter at @tcfBTCC.