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BTCC Race 1: Shedden storms to first win of the year

Sunday, October 10 2021

Halfords Racing with Cataclean's Gordon Shedden took his first race win of the season in the opening BTCC contest of the weekend at Donington Park.

The Scotsman, driving a Honda Civic Type R, converted his first pole of the year into a lights to flag victory, holding off the attentions of Power Maxed Vauxhall's Dan Lloyd.

Lloyd pursued Shedden for the duration of the race, especially close in the opening half of the contest and ultimately finished 1.3 seconds adrift of the triple champion.

Rory Butcher gave Toyota something to cheer about at the manufacturer's local round with third place, finishing two tenths of a second ahead of Senna Proctor in the BTC Racing Honda Civic.

Team BMW's Colin Turkington was fifth after passing Jason Plato for the position late in the race. Plato was shuffled down to fifth from third on the grid on the first lap, and then fell back into the clutches of the Northern Irishman.

Plato finished just under a second away from Turkington and a quarter of a second ahead of reigning double champion Ash Sutton in the Infiniti Q50. Sutton, fully loaded with 75kg of success ballast could only climb two places from his ninth place starting position, with Josh Cook doing the same from 10th to eighth.

Chris Smiley's Hyundai i30N was ninth, ahead of Ford driver Ollie Jackson, who completed the top-10.

Championship contender Tom Ingram was 11th, while Jake Hill, third in the championship heading into the event was 17th after being involved in a spectacular early shunt with Adam Morgan's BMW at Starkey's.

Shedden commented: "It's fantastic and great to see the smiles back on the whole team. We've never got the momentum this season, but what a reward, and it makes the bad times seem better."

Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, Donington Park, race one result:
Gordon SHEDDEN (GBR) Halfords Racing with Cataclean 19 laps
Daniel LLOYD (GBR) Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing +1.331s
Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Toyota Gazoo Racing UK +2.524s
Senna PROCTOR(GBR) BTC Racing +2.789s
Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +3.359s
Jason PLATO (GBR) Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing  +4.300s
Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +4.551s
Josh COOK (GBR) BTC Racing +7.198s
Chris SMILEY (GBR) Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com +10.631s
10  Ollie JACKSON (GBR) MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +11.026s
11  Tom INGRAM (GBR) Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com  +13.650s
12  Sam OSBORNE (GBR) Racing with Wera & Photon Group +13.995s
13  Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +14.269s
14  Daniel ROWBOTTOM (GBR) Halfords Racing with Cataclean  +16.685s
15  Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team BMW +17.121s
16  Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Team BMW +17.887s
17  Jake HILL (GBR) MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square +18.976s
18  Árón TAYLOR-SMITH (IRL) Team HARD. with HUB Financial Solutions +20.070s
19  Tom CHILTON (GBR) Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport  +20.376s
20  Jack GOFF (GBR) Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct +20.828s
21  Sam SMELT (GBR) Toyota Gazoo Racing UK +21.345s
22  Rick PARFITT (GBR) EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com +21.745s
23  Jack BUTEL (GBR) EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com +22.113s
24  Jack MITCHELL (GBR) Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct +24.122s
25  Jade EDWARDS (GBR) PHSC with BTC Racing +24.671s
26  Andy NEATE (GBR) Racing with Wera & Photon Group +27.233s
27  Carl BOARDLEY (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +29.657s
28  Nicolas HAMILTON (GBR) ROKiT Racing with iQuoto Online Trading +34.189s
29  Adam MORGAN (GBR) Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport +17 laps

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