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Shedden on top as Civic and Cruze impress at Rockingham

Shedden on top as Civic and Cruze impress at Rockingham

Gordon Shedden retained top spot in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) standings with a win in Rockingham over the weekend.

The Honda Racing team driver secured a win in the second race but was forced to make do with sixth in the opening event after being forced to carry an additional 45kg for being first in the drivers' standings.

As such, the first race saw an impressive one-two for the Chevrolet Cruze, with Jason Plato taking first and Paul O'Neill coming in second.

The opening race also saw Shedden overtaken in the standings by team mate Matt Neal who guided his damaged Honda Civic to fourth despite a number of scrapes during the event.

However, Shedden bounced back in spectacular style in the second race, cementing his credentials as a genuine championship contender with both him and Neal tied on 204 points.

He commented: "I keep saying it but today again has shown just how quickly it can all turn around. I hadn't expected to win here but the car was dynamite in race two and I took my chance.

"Going into one corner in race three I was ahead of Matt and on for more decent points and 20 yards later I've been knocked aside and everyone has come sailing past. I can't see the championship being decided until the very last lap of the season at Silverstone."

Posted by Sebastian Turkenburg
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