Shedden penalised for pitlane etiquette breach
Honda’s British Touring Car Championship ace Gordon Shedden has been given a four-place drop on the grid for the first race at Rockingham on Sunday.
The stewards’ decision promotes Triple Eight’s Jack Goff to third, Speedworks Toyota’s Tom Ingram to fourth, and points leader Jason Plato to fifth in his Team BMR Volkswagen CC.
When the qualifying session resumed with five minutes to go, following a late red flag, Shedden jumped past two of the Team BMR Volkswagens to leave the pitlane third in sequence, which was a breach of the pit lane procedure.
The 2012 champion returned to the pits immediately on his outlap and changed his front and rear tyres, giving the Scotsman enough time to complete just one flying lap with warmed up rears, which then moved him up to third on the grid.
Shedden will now start the first race from seventh on the grid, starting behind Honda team-mate Matt Neal following the penalty handed out by the stewards.
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