BTCC Opening round at Brands Hatch

Gordon Shedden makes a good start in his bid for a 3rd Championship win after the series opener sees him taking 48 points, 6 points ahead of Speedwork Motorsports Tom Ingram on 42, with Andrew Jordan on 41 points.

Race one got off to a dramatic start when Matt Neal and Colin Turkington crashed on the start line, both appearing to go for the same gap.  The restart saw Tom Ingram pulling out the stops for an early advantage putting him into first place. Meanwhile Gordon Shedden fought his way past Eurotech’s Jeff Smith, allowing Shedden to take second position. Smith eventually pitted with a wheel problem, Adam Morgan coming in third place.

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Tom Ingram

Gordon Shedden took the second race that began with electrical problems for Tom Ingram and a nasty crash for Jason Plato, his car sustaining significant damage. Andrew Jordan and Rob Austin made contact which was followed by a yellow flag, that resulted in Austin losing his fourth place as he was later excluded after unknowingly powering through it.  West Surrey Racing’s Rob Collard took second place with Tom Ingram in third despite the earlier issues.

The final race saw WSR take a one-two with Andrew Jordan in first and Colin Turkington in second. The duo fought hard with Turkington hot on Jordan’s heels, crossing the line with just  0.3 seconds between the team mates. In Vauxhall ‘s return to the series, Power Maxed Racing’s Tom Chilton  took third place.

Round 2 is at Donington Park 15th -16th April

Allison Remzi            All Images ©Andy Fitzpatrick