Shedden retains championship lead at Snetterton

Honda’s Gordon Shedden retained the lead of the British Touring Car Championship after a difficult weekend at Snetterton.

Shedden took the final race win of the weekend whilst winner of race one and two, Ashley Sutton, retired on the opening lap.

Sutton started the first race of the weekend third, behind Jack Goff and Colin Turkington. Turkington snatched the lead off the line, but Sutton couldn’t follow him past pole sitter Goff.

The Subaru driver stayed on Goff’s tail as they chased Turkington. On lap five, Turkington was hit and span, dropping back through the field.

Goff retook the race lead, and kept Sutton behind him until the penultimate lap. Sutton snuck up the inside and past Goff, who was running soft tyres. The Eurotech man tried to fight back, but finished second.

Matt Neal took third, ahead of Andrew Jordan, who spent the entire race defending against Jason Plato.

Shedden could only finish 13th. The Honda driver had been running 11th and holding off an attack from Aiden Moffat when the pair collided on the final lap. Shedden dropped back two positions, whilst an exhausted Moffat finished 19th.

Sutton took a lights to flag victory in the second race of the weekend, with Jack Goff holding up the rest of the field.

After an early safety car to clear multiple stranded cars, Goff had built up a small train, with Jordan, Rob Collard, and Colin Turkington right on his tail. Jordan fell away, having to look after the softer tyres, but Collard and Turkington were still trying to find a way past the Honda.

On lap 11 of 14, both drivers managed to pass Goff. Turkington snatched second on the following lap, but he couldn’t catch Sutton.

Mat Jackson, who had battled with the Hondas of Neal and Shedden early in the race, took fourth, ahead of Goff and Jordan. Shedden took seventh after a strong climb up through the field.

The reverse grid put Subaru’s James Cole on pole for the final race of the weekend, but he didn’t keep the lead for long. Jordan, who started third, snatched the lead on the opening lap, with Shedden close behind him. The battling Collard and Turkington soon caught up, making it a four way fight for the lead.

Jordan looked set for his third win of the season when, in the closing stages of the race, his car slowed. He crawled along as most of the field sped past him. Shedden took the race win, whilst Collard took second from Turkington.

Jackson took fourth, ahead of Cole, who took his best finish of the season.

Meanwhile, Sutton was one of a number of drivers to retire on the opening lap of the race.

Shedden leads the championship as the BTCC heads to Knockhill. Colin Turkington passed team-mate Collard for second in the points, whilst Sutton’s DNF left him fourth.

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