Last corner victory for Shedden in final Donington race
BTCC News | Sun 20th April 2014Gordon Shedden snatched a last gasp victory in the final race of the day at Donington Park, passing Colin Turkington at the final chicane.
By Matt Lamprell
Turkington had led the race since the opening lap and looked set to take his second win of the year, only for his BMW to struggle with its tyres in the closing stages of the race, opening the door for Shedden. The door may not have been open very wide, but Shedden put his Honda Civic Tourer firmly in the gap, squeezing through at the final corner and using the gravel to help his efforts.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the two drivers’ views of the incident differed.
Shedden said, “The car came alive on the soft tyre and over the last five laps, I had a lot of clear air and I was reeling Colin in. We were both off through the gravel at the last corner, but I was on my way past by that point.”
Turkington said, “My pace was really good at the start, but we dropped off over the course of those last few laps. It’s not easy to take losing the lead at the last corner. We’ll have to see if a pass through the gravel is legitimate or not.”
Turkington had started the race from pole position thanks to the reverse grid draw and led away from the line ahead of Matt Neal and Jason Plato. However, just as in race two, the safety car was called into action at the end of the opening lap. On this occasion it was after Marc Hynes’ MG hit the barrier when he took action to avoid Aiden Moffat’s slide.
Two laps later, the race restarted and Turkington set about re-opening up the gap he had managed to create by the end of lap one. Behind him, Matt Neal was under pressure from Jason Plato, with the MG driver taking second place and looking like he might have the pace to make it three wins in a row for MG.
However, Plato didn’t have the pace to stay ahead in the latter stages of the race. Matt Neal was passed by his teammate Shedden and the Scot then took second away from Plato. With five laps to go, Shedden started to close the gap to leader Turkington. At one point the Honda was one and a half seconds a lap quicker than the BMW.
With Shedden getting the better of Turkington at the final corner, it was a first win of the year for Honda – and the first win in the BTCC for an estate car. Turkington crossed the line second, ahead of Neal, Mat Jackson and Andrew Jordan. Plato finished sixth, in front of Rob Collard, Nick Foster, Alain Menu and Adam Morgan.
After six of 30 races in the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, Andrew Jordan and Jason Plato are tied for the lead of the championship, with 87 points each. Just a point behind, Gordon Shedden is third, while Colin Turkington sits a further two points behind in fourth.