Shedden snatches victory from Turkington at the last corner in BTCC thriller!
April 20, 2014 by Leo Nulty
Gordon Shedden took a sensational victory in the final race of the weekend at Donington Park after passing the BMW of Colin Turkington at the final corner of the contest.
The Scotsman initially made steady progress from fourth on the grid as he slotted behind Turkington and an eye catching battle between old adversaries Jason Plato and Matt Neal.
That tussle followed an early wild slide for Andrew Jordan’s Honda Civic, which sent him down the order and launched a chain of events behind as the chasing pack were baulked up. The Chevrolet Cruze of Aiden Moffat went off then clipped the MG of Marc Hynes on his return, which fired the latter into the barrier.
A brief safety car period followed with Plato diving past Neal at Redgate shortly after the restart at Redgate, whilst Dave Newsham lost control of his Ford Focus behind and ended his day in the wars and out of the race.
Airwaves Racing’s Mat Jackson joined the Honda Civic Tourer party as the trio battled brilliantly through the Craner Curves. It seemed like positions could change at will but they eventually held station with some expert top level driving at the Leicestershire circuit.
The MG of Sam Tordoff was rapidly fading on soft tyres and maximum success ballast, with the Mercedes of Adam Morgan and the recovering Jordan making light work of the race two. Reigning champion Jordan was flying by mid-distance as he blasted by Morgan before hauling himself towards the top four.
Plato was the next star to be struggling with a heavy load, with Shedden, Neal and Jackson all getting by in quick succession. Jordan also made it through but he would get no further than fifth in the order.
With Turkington seemingly home and dry, the Honda Yuasa Racing machine of Shedden started to reel in the BMW at a quite phenomenal rate. As the duo began the final lap they were nose-to-tail with Turkington in full defensive mode. They went side-by-side on a number of occasions before so again on the approach to the final chicane. Both were seemingly late on the breaks and the two machines ran off the circuit, with Shedden returning to the tarmac first and crossing the line to take the chequered flag.
It was an extraordinary climax to an outstanding day of racing at Donington Park, which now sees Jordan and Plato joint at the top of the standings with Shedden just a point further back.