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Shedden defeats Ingram to take second BTCC encounter at Brands

Sunday, April 02 2017

Reigning champion Gordon Shedden won the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Brands Hatch, after passing polesitter Tom Ingram in another busy encounter.

The race required two starts; at the first time of asking, Ingram got away well despite an issue on the warm-up lap, but Andrew Jordan made a cracking start to challenge Shedden around the outside at Paddock Hill, making light contact in the process. The reigning champion fought back on the run to Druids and successfully defended his second place whilst Jack Goff and Rob Collard came to grief at the hairpin, whilst Ant Whorton-Eales was spat out of the pack at Graham Hill bend. Before this, however, Jason Plato and Matt Simpson contacted off the grid and the Subaru hit the pit wall hard, stopping the race.

At the second time of asking Austin made the best start to grab third place, with Jordan, Adam Morgan and Rob Collard behind. Jordan demoted Austin at Paddock Hill on lap two, whilst ahead, Shedden grabbed the lead out of Clearways on lap three as Collard challenged Austin successfully into Druids. The Handy Toyota looked vulnerable at this stage, as Morgan looked for a way through, whilst behind him, Goff was struggling with a sustained attack from Mat Jackson. A little further back, Ash Sutton, upholding Subaru honour, came a cropper when Mike Epps got out of shape at Clark Curve, forcing him into the gravel.

After seven frenetic laps, the race began to take shape with Shedden leading Ingram, and the BMWs of Jordan and Collard giving chase, as Austin fought off Morgan, Goff and Jackson. Morgan got the job done into lap nine at Paddock Hill, but lost ground into Druids, letting his rival back through. More successful was Collard, who passed team-mate Jordan for third place, and looking for a way past Ingram. Before he could do anything about the winner of race one, Ant Whorton-Eales was forced into the gravel following a mid-field incident with Dave Newsham and Dan Lloyd, and the safety car was called into action.

The top four remained bunched at the restart, and Collard soon resumed his attack on Ingram, passing into Paddock Hill and on the run Druids on lap 20. This allowed Austin to catch up Jordan and his Toyota attacked the BMW at Clearways, sending him wide and letting him and Morgan through.

At the front, Collard almost caught Shedden, but ran out of laps, and the reigning champion won the second race of the season for the third year in succession. Ingram held onto third place from Austin and Morgan, whilst Jackson passed Jordan for sixth at the end. Josh Cook had a great run to eighth place, with Tom Chilton taking another top ten finish and Colin Turkington drove a fine race, pipping Epps to tenth on the run to the line. The Team HARD driver finished 11th ahead of Matt Neal.

The final BTCC race of the day will take place at 5.12pm, with Josh Cook starting on the reverse-grid pole position.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Race Two
1, Gordon Shedden, Halford Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R, 23 Laps
2, Robert Collard, Team BMW, BMW 125i M-Sport, +0.870s
3, Tom Ingram, Speedworks Motorsport, Toyota Avensis, +2.657s
4, Rob Austin, Handy Motorsport, Toyota Avensis, +4.328s
5, Adam Morgan, Ciceley Motorsport, Mercedes Benz A-Class, +4.565s
6, Mat Jackson, Team Shredded Wheat with Duo, Ford Focus,  +5.125s
7, Andrew Jordan, BMW Pirtek Racing, BMW 125i M-Sport, +5.140s
8, Josh Cook, Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport, Ford Focus, +8.013s
9, Tom Chilton, Power Maxed Racing, Vauxhall Astra, +8.197s
10, Colin Turkington, Team BMW, BMW 125i M-Sport, +9.441s

This Easter (14-17 April), the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship comes to Brands Hatch. Discounted advance tickets are available from £27, with free entry for under-13s. For more information or to book, call 0843 453 9000 or click here.