Race 1 win scored by Plato but Shedden replies back
Gordon Shedden has taken a double race victory in rounds 23 and 24 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at a soaking wet Rockingham. The Honda Yuasa Racing driver had earlier taken 3rd in round 22 to leave the Corby circuit with the championship lead.
MG KX Momentum driver Jason Plato had earlier taken a dominant victory during the first race of the day held in the dry, before taking a pair of thirds but still trails the two Hondas by 32 points. Matt Neal fought hard despite his broken hand causing him discomfort, taking a pair of seconds but has fallen behind his Honda Yuasa Racing team mate, Shedden, by 3 points in the standings.
The only other man to make the outright podium was Andrew Jordan after he came 2nd in the first race of the day on his way to taking a double Independent victory, to extend his lead in the Independent trophy. However there was less good news for his Pirtek Racing team mate Jeff Smith who wrote off his Honda Civic in race 3 with a scary accident around the oval banking. Thankfully Smith was dazed but ok although faces a battle to be out again this year.
Mat Jackson was the final man to take to the podium as he secured his first Independent victory, since his Redstone Racing team switched mid-season to their brand new Next Generation Ford Focus.
Story by: Pat Cranham