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British Touring Cars – Gordon Shedden wins race three at Snetterton

Gordon Shedden won the third and final race of the day at Snetterton in controversial fashion.

The Honda driver took the lead after making a risqué lunge down the inside of Colin Turkington, that sent the BMW driver off the road. Behind Shedden, the two Airwaves Ford drivers, Mat Jackson and Aron Smith also finished on the podium.

Jason Plato’s day went from bad to worse as he crashed out in spectacular fashion on the first lap, whilst Dave Newsham also suffered the same fate.

At the start of the race it was Colin Turkington that made a great start, going from 3rd on the grid, through to the lead before the first corner. Pole-sitter Dave Newsham was left behind and was hit by Matt Neal going round the second corner.

Gordon Shedden won race three at Snetterton

Newsham tried to get Neal back at the next corner but hit the Honda driving, causing them both spin off the track. This caused the cars behind them to brake suddenly, catching out Jason Plato who after braking suddenly was hit by Will Bratt. The collision sent Plato into the barrier, causing the car flip over once or twice. (See video below)

After the re-start, Bratt was in trouble again and was in the barriers after clashing with Dan Welsh. Welsh subsequently had a puncture to deal with as a result of the chaos.

Meanwhile at the front, Shedden was putting pressure on the leader. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts to get the lead, Shedden decided to make a late lunge down the inside of Turkington. The move was successful for the Honda driver but it left the BMW off the track.

In the closing stages it was third place driver, Aron Smith, who was under the most pressure. Adam Morgan was looking to get past at every corner, but also had to keep an eye out for Jordan and Tordoff behind him.  With two laps to go, Tordoff made his move on Jordan and soon caught right up to Morgan.

This battle gave Smith some breathing space and he was able to make it a double podium for the Airwaves team. Meanwhile Shedden stayed out of trouble and took the chequered flag.

The results from todays races mean that Matt Neal now leads the championship by nine points, ahead of Andrew Jordan.

Snetterton Race Three Results

1. Shedden
2. Jackson
3. Smith
4. Morgan
5. Tordoff
6. Turkington
7. Jordan
8. Neal
9. Collard
10. Foster

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