Shedden wins Round Two Despite Ballast and Late Collard Pressure

Gordon Shedden picked up his first victory of the 2017 campaign in some style, overcoming a 66kg ballast disadvantage to take the top spot and absorb pressure from a charging Rob Collard. 

The start of the race was delayed initially with what appeared to be an electrical issue for Tom Ingram’s Speedworks Avensis. The cars took another formation lap, only for the restart to be red flagged due to an incident similar to that in round one, with Matt Simpson and Jason Plato going for the same gap off the line, the Subaru coming off much worse, colliding head on into the wall and totalling the front of the car. Later into the first lap, Collard clipped Goff going into druids and Horton-Eales took a spin further back in his Audi.

Andrew Jordan made an excellent start, the red flag unfortunately cancelling out the the hard work done by the 2013 BTCC Champion.

When round two finally took off, Rob Austin got away well and found himself in 3rd place only for Andrew Jordan to lean on him on lap two and reclaim the position. At the front, Shedden was able to dive up the inside of the heavier car of Tom Ingram and claim the lead whilst more Austin-induced drama occurred further back, with the racy Rob Collard mugging the Avensis into Copse.

By lap four, it was looking good for Josh Cook in the Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus, who was able to get ahead of Ash Sutton, who as a result was off-line and well into the crosshairs of Michael Epps, who ended up pushing Sutton very wide.

Further back in 7th, Jack Goff was having to defend heavily from the omniscient front-end of Mat Jackson, who was on a charge and looking for a gap. Further back, Senna Proctor pulled an impressive move on Aron Taylor-Smith for 13th, the rookie looking good for his opening round target for points.

Back at the front, Shedden’s lead was benefitting from a gradually tighter fight for 2nd shaping up on lap 9, with Ingram having to defend 2nd from Jordan as Rob Collard hunted both by setting an early fast lap and confirming some very promising pace that would come in handy later on.

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On the same lap, Rob Austin and Adam Morgan traded places twice, Morgan was able to get out of Clearways with better drive and get ahead on the start/finish straight, but Austin was able to slingshot his car into druids and retake the position back.

On lap 11, a safety car had to be deployed in reaction to an off from Whorton-Eales after a messy moment between Daniel Lloyd and Luke Davenport. The resulting safety car deducted Gordon Shedden’s 1.3s lead at the front.

By the time the restart happened on lap 17, Colin Turkington was up into the points with 15th after starting the race at the back of the grid. In the closing stages of the race, Rob Collard was all over the back of Tom Ingram going into druids, and nicked 2nd place, confirming the 75th podium for the competitive BMW 125.

Collard’s teammate had a tougher final few laps after getting tagged by a charging Rob Austin later on, the gap created testing the quick reactions of the chasing Adam Morgan, who was able to get past Jordan too. At the end, Jackson was also able to get past Jordan, who eventually ended up 7th, just ahead of Josh Cook who finished an impressive 8th.

Gordon Shedden’s victory in round two gets him off the mark in terms of race wins in 2017, with Rob Collard’s presence in 2nd putting down a marker to his two highly-rated teammates. Tom Ingram was able to finish 3rd despite full ballast – An excellent start to the 2017 season for Speedworks Motorsport.

Rob Austin again looked handy in 4th, with Adam Morgan securing another solid result with 5th. Mat Jackson was the leading Motorsbase car with 6th and Jordan was down in 7th after running in and around 4th for most of the race. Josh Cook pulled a great result out of the bag with 8th, and it’s given him a real chance to shock in round three. Tom Chilton was able to again finish 9th, with the charging Colin Turkington rounding out the top ten after starting from 32nd, a clinical recovery from the Northern Irishman, that holds him in good stead for the final race of the day too.
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The reverse grid draw’s first winner was Josh Cook, who starts race three on pole position ahead of Andrew Jordan and Mat Jackson, who look for their first podiums of the year too.

 

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