Shedden takes home win in second Knockhill race

Scotland’s Gordon Shedden lead a Honda one-two in the second race at Knockhill to the delight of his home fans after mistakes from Tom Chilton handed him the chance he needed to take victory.

As in race one it was Chilton who started from pole position and made a perfect start to lead the field away in the opening lap, and the Ford driver looked set to repeat his success as he began gapping the field which was lead by Matt Neal, Shedden and the fast starting BMW of Rob Collard in fourth.

Collard’s fourth place did not last long as Frank Wrathall got a fantastic run on the BMW coming down the main straight at the end of the first lap, while behind them the action was in the midfield as Alex MacDowall had another off, this time being spun out at Scotsman’s corner.

Chilton’s lead began to shrink as the Honda duo upped the pace, and they closed onto the tailof theFord thanks to a safety car period on lap 11 to clear the Golf of Martin Byford which had crashed into the tyre wall at the hairpin, Byford having been in the thick of a battle with the team’s former driver Tom Onslow-Cole.

At the restart, Chilton set a personal best lap immediately but was soon under pressure from Neal and Shedden once again, and after an initial mistake at Clark corner he then threw away the lead on lap 20 with a huge sideways moment through the same bend that dropped him to fourth place behind the two Civics and Wrathall’s Toyota after they rounded the the hairpin.

Neal assumed the lead but for only a lap as team-mate Shedden got a much quicker run through the chicane to draw alongside and dive up the inside of Neal into Clark. Neal tried to fight back immediately but had to slot into second place.

Shedden went on to take the victory by just under a second from his team-mate Neal, while the pair were joined on the podium by the impressive Wrathall, claiming his and Dynojet’s first BTCC podium ahead of a great battle for fourth between Chilton and Collard that was won by the Ford driver in a drag race to the line.

“Absolutely brilliant” Shedden told ITV4. “Matt got a little bit wide and I just got what must have been about three inches of an overlap and that was enough to get up the inside, but another one-two for Honda and I’m just so chuffed to do it at home in Scotland, absolutely brilliant!”

Reigning champion Jason Plato had another steady race, and again found himself being shuffled down the pack when Tom Boardman drove past him on the main straight, before Plato then made a small mistake at Clark that allowed James Nash to pull alongside the Chevrolet Cruze andpass him into the hairpin.

Boardman went on to finish a comfortable sixth place while the battle for what would turn out to be for pole position for race three reached the last lap, where Plato attacked Nash and got a terrific run out of the hairpin heading into the first corner before out-braking the Vauxhall Vectra driver and claiming seventh place.

Behind Nash in eighth, the top 10 was completed by Andrew Jordan’s Vauxhall Vectra and Nick Foster for BMW, a battle that was won by Jordan at the hairpin in the early laps of the race.

After his retirement in the first race, ex-championship leader Mat Jackson’s only point was for the fastest lap of the race. The Airwaves Ford driver had made progress in the opening laps of the race, but on lap eight he ran wide at the chicane and tore the bodywork from the front corner of the Focus off going through the gravel trap, resulting in more significant mechanical damage that lead to another non-finish. 

Shedden therefore takes back the lead of the championship once again, while the draw for race three sees the top seven cars reversed, meaning Plato will start from pole ahead of Boardman.

Race two results:

 1.  Gordon Shedden   Honda                 25m41.710s
2.  Matt Neal        Honda                   + 0.804s
3.  Frank Wrathall   Dynojet Toyota          + 1.126s
4.  Tom Chilton      Arena Ford              + 2.797s
5.  Rob Collard      WSR BMW                 + 2.865s
6.  Tom Boardman     Special Tuning SEAT     + 4.629s
7.  Jason Plato      Chevrolet               + 8.557s
8.  James Nash       Triple 8 Vauxhall       + 9.217s
9.  Andrew Jordan    Eurotech Vauxhall      + 10.153s
10.  Nick Foster      WSR BMW                + 13.033s
11.  Tom Onslow-Cole  Arena Ford             + 14.559s
12.  Dave Newsham     Special Tuning SEAT    + 16.152s
13.  Aron Smith       Triple 8 Vauxhall      + 16.505s
14.  Paul O’Neill     Tech-Speed Chevrolet   + 16.874s
15.  Andy Neate       Arena Ford             + 18.867s
16.  Daniel Welch     Welch Proton           + 19.151s
17.  Chris James      ES Chevrolet           + 35.449s
18.  Jeff Smith       Eurotech Vauxhall      + 46.021s
DNF     Alex MacDowall   Chevrolet                23 laps
DNF     Rob Austin       Rob Austin Audi          20 laps
DNF     John George      Tech-Speed Chevrolet     19 laps
DNF     Liam Griffin     Motorbase Ford           11 laps
DNF     Martin Byford    AmD VW                    9 laps
DNF     Mat Jackson      Motorbase Ford            7 laps

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