Shedden edges out Neal in Race 1
1 May 2011 – Gordon Shedden was able to convert his well-earned pole position into victory in the first race of the day at Thruxton, narrowly beating team-mate Matt Neal at the chequered flag. The Honda Racing duo were untouchable by the rest of the field, while Eurotech Racing’s Andrew Jordan claimed third just over two seconds behind Neal.
Shedden made a strong start from his pole position grid slot and set about building an advantage at the front. Team-mate Neal also got away well and challenged Jordan for second, making his way past the Vauxhall Vectra to join Shedden. The pair then pulled away and left the opposition with no answer for their pace.
Behind the top three, Chilton was able to keep out of trouble and secure fourth, while Tom Boardman kept a narrow advantage over Mat Jackson to cross the line in fifth place. Tom Onslow-Cole was next up for AmD Miltek, making good use of the speed his Volskwagen Golf has demonstrated at the 3.793-km (2.356-mi) circuit this weekend.
Eight place was claimed by James Nash who was at the front of a three car train across the line, leading home Jeff Smith and Alex MacDowall who rounded out the top ten runners. Reigning Champion Jason Plato was en route for a strong points finish until a tyre-related issue sent him out of the race.
Sunday’s Race 2 takes place at 2:10pm local time (BST)