Final race victory goes to Shedden at Brands Hatch
BTCC News | Sun 12th October 2014Gordon Shedden went some way towards making up for his earlier disappointment by taking victory in the final race of the season at Brands Hatch.
By Matt Lamprell
It was a cold, windy and wet Brands Hatch that hosted the season finale. And the light was fading quickly, too.
Jack Clarke started the race from pole position, thanks to the reverse grid and Jason Plato’s race two penalty. However, there were no surprises at the start as Nick Foster, who lined up second, made the most of his BMW’s rear-wheel-drive power to move through into the lead.
Just as in each of the day’s earlier races, there was an early safety car. Luke Hines’ United Autosports Toyota became beached in the gravel and required assistance from the marshals.
The race restarted on lap three and Gordon Shedden was immediately into action, passing Jack Goff to move up to third. Also on that first racing lap, Clarke took the lead away from Foster at Graham Hill Bend. Foster then lost another place as Shedden continued to show strong pace.
Next time around, Clarke was under pressure from Shedden, and couldn’t hold the Honda driver at bay for long, losing out as they went through Dingle Dell.
Jack Goff had been running strongly, but retired from third position on lap five. Martin Depper was another victim of the tricky conditions, and his ‘off’ into the gravel at Paddock on lap nine brought the safety car onto track for the sixth time of the day.
There were a theoretical six laps remaining when the safety car came back into the pits, but the race was shortened by three laps due to the encroaching darkness.
At the front, Shedden took the win , while Jack Clarke held on in second for his maiden visit to the BTCC podium. Third place went to Mat Jackson, ahead of Sam Tordoff and Aron Smith. Andrew Jordan finished sixth, with Jason Plato in seventh and Nick Foster, eighth. Tom Ingram and Marc Hynes completed the top ten.
Gordon Shedden said, “We had a little bit of liquid sunshine to help us finish the season. I’m really pleased for the team that we could get the win. They basically bolted a whole new rear end onto the car after the first race.”
Jack Clarke said, “I was so scared out there – it was really hard to see anything. They were very long laps towards the end and I was quite happy to hear that the race had been shortened. I’m so happy. What a way to end the season.”