Victory hands Shedden championship lead
4 September 2011 – Scotland’s Gordon Shedden leads the way in the British Touring Car Championship after winning Sunday’s second race on home ground at Knockhill. Following up from third place earlier today, the Honda driver led home team-mate Matt Neal as Frank Wrathall and Dynojet celebrated a career-first podium finish in the Toyota Avensis.
Race 1 winner Tom Chilton headed the pack from pole, but the Ford Focus came under pressure from the pair of Hondas after a Safety Car period for the crashed Martin Byford’s Volkswagen. After two dramatic slides at Clark corner, the Surrey man gave way to the inevitable as both Civics took control of the race. Wrathall, who also impressed last time out at Snetterton, grabbed third spot just moments later.
2005 and 2006 Champion Neal then led, but only until Shedden took advantage of a small mistake exiting the chicane; this saw Shedden winning at home by eight tenths of a second, with Wrathall’s third position being the first for a fully NGTC-prepared car. Further back, erstwhile championship leader Mat Jackson suffered another casualty, coming through the field and posting the fastest lap before his Airwaves Focus suffered a broken front wheel and crashed.
With Chilton dropping to fourth, Rob Collard enjoyed another strong race for fifth as reigning Champion Jason Plato struggled to seventh for Chevrolet.
“It’s the dream result, to win at Knockhill,” race victor Shedden smiled. “I bided my time and Matt made the tiniest of errors, but it was just enough for me to go through. The crowd around here… you can start to sense them even though you’re right in the thick of a battle - it just feels fantastic.”
Race 3 begins at 5pm local time (BST)