Shedden wins second race at Snetterton
7 August 2011 – Honda Racing's Gordon Shedden backed up his Race 1 podium by storming to victory at Snetterton this afternoon, bagging his first winner’s trophy of the weekend after a close-fought opening lap. The Scot jumped into the lead with a bold move at the second corner, ultimately leading home James Nash and reigning Champion Jason Plato.
Shedden bolted away from his third place grid slot at the start, promptly launching an attack on the Silverline Chevrolet Cruze’s as the field approached Turn 1. The 32-year-old disposed of Alex MacDowall at the high-speed Riches corner, before a domino effect saw him nudge Plato out of the way for the top spot at Montreal.
All of the contact allowed Nash to take hold of second position after the first handful of corners, while Frank Wrathall’s impressive weekend continued as the Dynojet driver found himself in line for a podium spot. Shedden managed to pull away as the race progressed, with Nash and Wrathall behind embroiled in a close battle for position.
Neal’s early progress from 18th to tenth was quickly blighted when he picked up a slow puncture, forcing him to make a stop for fresh rubber. The Honda man went on to finish down in 17th place, setting him up for another lonely third race. Meanwhile, the battle for third had died down, as Wrathall began to struggle with a gremlin of his own.
The BTCC newcomer eventually pulled off the circuit with smoke exiting his Toyota Avensis, ending a race which promised so much for the Ginetta G50 Cup title holder. Plato - who received a fine for his Race 1 clash with Neal - and team-mate MacDowall had already found a way through before Wrathall's car expired, but the retirement also allowed a battling Paul O’Neill and Mat Jackson to move further up the order.
Dave Newsham and Tom Onslow-Cole were next up in seventh and eight respectively, while Andrew Jordan and Rob Collard completed the top ten. The result promotes Shedden into the championship lead on 146 points, five ahead of nearest rival Jackson.
Race 3 begins at 5pm local time (BST)