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Shedden steals it from Collard in dramatic BTCC Snetterton finale

Sunday, July 31 2016

Gordon Shedden took a sensational last-gasp victory from new title leader Rob Collard in a dramatic final Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Snetterton today (Sunday).

The race had barely started when a start line incident involving Alex Martin and Mark Howard left Hunter Abbott with nowhere to go and his Chevrolet rolled into the barrier, striking a camera platform, whilst Ollie Jackson's Audi was also heavily damaged. All drivers and the camera operator were OK, however the race was immediately red-flagged.

After a short delay, the race was restarted, minus the cars involved in the shunt, and, dramatically, Sam Tordoff, who pitted with a failed propshaft. Jason Plato got the jump on Tom Ingram, followed by Collard, Mat Jackson, Rob Austin and Colin Turkington.

Collard nabbed the lead from Plato into Oggies on lap two, pushing the Subaru wide in the process, and the double champion was immediately under attack from Jackson. Meanwhile the Hondas were moving up, with Shedden passing Austin for fourth place. Jackson then demoted Plato at Hamilton, and Shedden and Austin were through.

Behind Plato, team-mate Colin Turkington headed a line of cars that included Andrew Jordan, Adam Morgan, Aiden Moffat, Josh Cook and Matt Neal, who'd dropped back after an initial surge. They all moved up a place when Jackson pitted his Ford into retirement, leaving Shedden free to attack Collard for the lead.

As the field settled down, Turkington came under increasing pressure from Jordan and the double champion became increasingly creative with his driving to hold off the Ford. Whilst one Subaru was defending, the one ahead, in the hands of Plato, was inching up onto the bootlid of Austin's Toyota, sensing a podium finish. The two battles circulated as one, and on lap eight Jordan launched his car into Riches, grabbing the vital inside line for Wilson, where he successfully attacked for fifth place. He tried the same move on Plato next time round, but to no avail.

By the final lap, Shedden had caught Collard and the pair disputed the lead. The Honda was alongside at Agostini, but the BMW stayed with it and a very robust fight played out over the next few corners. It all appeared to be resolved on the Bentley Straight soon after Collard had been forced wide, but he came back into Brundle, Nelson and the Bomb Hole. As they rounded Coram the BMW was almost pushing the Honda towards Murrays, but Shedden managed to pull clear into the final turn, taking the flag half a second before Collard.

Austin held on for his first podium of the season, from Plato, Jordan and Turkington, whilst the top ten was completed by Morgan, Moffatt, Cook and Neal.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race three
1, Gordon Shedden, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R, 10 Laps
2, Rob Collard, Team JCT600 with GuardX, BMW 125i M-Sport, +0.525s
3, Rob Austin, Handy Motorsport, Toyota Avensis, +3.738s
4, Jason Plato, Subaru Team BMR, Subaru Levorg GT, +4.306s
5, Andrew Jordan, Motorbase Performance, Ford Focus, +4.406s
6, Colin Turkington, Subaru Team BMR, Subaru Levorg GT, +5.278s
7, Adam Morgan, WIX Racing, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, +6.288s
8, Aiden Moffat, Laser Tools Racing, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, +6.434s
9, Josh Cook, MG Racing RCIB Insurance, MG6 GT, +6.621s
10, Matt Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R, +7.219s

The result means that Collard now leads the title standings by three points from non-finisher Tordoff, with Neal just a further three in arrears. Incredibly, Turkington is just 34 points shy of Collard, despite a slow start for Subaru that included missing one meeting.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship standings after 18 of 30 rounds
1, Rob Collard, 188
2, Sam Tordoff, 185
3, Matt Neal, 182
4, Gordon Shedden, 163
5, Colin Turkington, 154
6, Mat Jackson, 153

Next weekend (6/7 August), Snetterton hosts the British GT and BRDC British F3 championships. Tickets are available from £19, with free admission for under-13s. For more information call our sales team on 0843 453 9000 or click here.