Sheddon Rocks Rockingham!

Sheddon Rocks Rockingham!

Scorpion sponsored, Honda Yuasa Racing driver Gordon Shedden claimed his fourth victory of the 2015 campaign at Rockingham to storm back into the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship lead – as team-mate Matt Neal similarly kept himself well in title contention.

From seventh on the grid following a minor procedural infringement in qualifying, Shedden truly had the bit between his teeth in race one as he scythed past his adversaries to clinch the runner-up spoils, setting fastest lap in the process to secure pole position for race two.

The Scot was peerless as he produced a textbook performance to dominate from lights-to-flag in the weekend’s second contest – posting another fastest lap along the way to snare the full complement of points available – whilst with maximum success ballast aboard his Honda Civic Type R and the less durable soft tyres, he fought doggedly in race three to take the chequered flag a hard-earned eighth.

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Neal ran fifth for all bar the last half-lap of the opening encounter, when a late puncture left him to limp across the finish line eighth, but the three-time BTCC Champion battled his way brilliantly from tenth to fifth in race two and wound up fourth in the finale, having kept the leaders in sight throughout.

The results have vaulted Shedden back to the top of the championship table, with Neal well in touch in third as Honda continues to stretch its legs at the head of the constructors’ standings with two rounds remaining.

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