2015 BTCC season review – Shedden vs Plato until the last lap


December 29, 2015
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Marijan Malcevic


  • Gordon Shedden (Honda Yuasa Racing), 2015 British Touring Car Championship winner
  • BTCC, Gordon Shedden, Jason Plato
  • 2015 BTCC, Jason Plato, Oulton Park
  • BTCC.Honda Yuasa Racing
  • Nic Hamilton, Nicolas Hamilton, BTCC

The 2015 British Touring Car Championship season was the one of the most exciting ever. Gordon Shedden took the title in Honda Yuasa’s Civic Type R, but he did that in the very last race at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit, against Jason Plato in the Team BMR’s Volkswagen CC.

 

BTCC-Shedden-Plato

After 30 races Gordon Shedden (Honda) won the title ahead Jason Plato (Volkswagen)

 

Ten drivers won the races

Thirty races on ten circuit were held during the season, with ten drivers scoring the victories. Jason Plato, who moved from Triple Eight’s MG to Volkswagen, took the highest step on the podium six times, plus four more podium results. But consistency was the key of the success, so Gordon Shedden took his second BTCC title with four wins and seven other podium places.

 

Other victors were Colin Turkington and Mat Jackson (both four times), Matt Neal and Rob Collard (both three times), Sam Tordoff and Andy Priaulx (both two times), Adam Morgan and Jack Goff who scored once. Andrew Jordan was always around the top, but without wins, so with five podiums and twelve Top 5 results he ended the season on fifth in the championship classification.

 

BTCC.Honda Yuasa Racing

Honda won Manufacturers’ title, but Honda Yuasa lost the Teams’ title from BMR

 

Honda took Manufacturers’ title, Team BMR won Teams’ championship

Between the leading duo and fifth placed Jordan there were Honda’s Matt Neal on third and Volkswagen’s Colin Turkington on fourth. Honda took the title in the manufacturers’ classification, against MG, BMW and Infiniti, but Honda Yuasa Racing lost the title in the Teams’ championship against Team BMR RCIB Insurance.

 

2014 champion Colin Turkington was the best of the independent drivers and took the Independents’ trophy in front of Jason Plato and Adam Morgan. Jack Sears Trophy, for rookie drivers, has been won by Josh Cook in the Power Maxed Racing’s Chevrolet Cruze.

 

2015 BTCC, Rob Collard, BMW 125i M Sport

Rob Collard won the first race of the season at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit

 

Victorious opening for Rob Collard

The 2015 championship season was opened at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit with three different winners in three races. Rob Collard was the winner of the Race 1 in the West Surrey Racing’s BMW 125i M Sport, and after that Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal scored two victories for Honda.

 

At Round 2 at Donington Park, we saw two wins of BMR’s Volkswagens, driven by Jason Plato and Colin Turkington. Third race was won by Matt Neal. Truxton Circuit was the venue of Round 3, with Gordon Shedden and Jason Plato as the winners of the first two races. In Race 3 Adam Morgan scored his second ever BTCC victory, driving WIX Racing’s Mercedes A-Class.

 

2015 BTCC, Jason Plato, Oulton Park

Jason Plato scored two wins at Oulton Park

 

Fantastic BMW weekend at Croft

Jason Plato was dominant at Round 4 at Oulton Park. After he secured pole position he was victorious in two races and he took the lead in the overall championship standings. Sam Tordoff in WSR’s BMW won third race at Oulton Park.

 

It was just the preview of a fantastic weekend for West Surrey Racing at Round 5 at Croft. BMW drivers Andy Priaulx, Sam Tordoff and Rob Collard scored three victories in three races, each of them took one win. First half of the season, after 15 races, was finished with Gordon Shedden in the lead, 10 points ahead of Jason Plato.

 

2015 BTCC, Snetterton, Jack Goff

Jack Goff took his first ever BTCC victory at Snetterton

 

Maiden BTCC win for Jack Goff

Round 6 at Snetterton was marked by first ever BTCC victory for Jack Goff, who was driving Triple Eight Racing’s MG. Goff started from pole position in third race of the day and defended his position until the end. First two races were won by Colin Turkington. Leading positions in the championship standings were changed again when Jason Plato jumped to the top, Turkington was second and Shedden dropped to third.

 

Honda’s drivers struck back at Knockhill with two wins in the second and third race of Round 7. Rob Collard was the winner of Race 1. Jason Plato remained in the lead after 21 races, with Shedden and Neal moved up to second and third.

 

Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance

Mat Jackson won four races in 2015, he scored first win at Rockingham

 

Mat Jackson showed the speed of new Ford Focus

Round 8 at Rockingham was marked by the first victory for Motorbase Performance squad, which returned to the competition with two Ford Focus cars two rounds earlier. Mat Jackson was the fastest in qualifying session and took the pole position for Race 1, which he won in dominant style ahead of Shedden and Aron Smith. Shedden and Plato won Race 2 and Race 3, so the battle for the championship was much more intense. Shedden came to Rockingham with an 11-point deficit to Jason Plato and left the famous circuit with an advantage of six points.

 

At Round 9 at Silverstone Mat Jackson repeated impressive performance and took the pole and Race 1 victory again. Andy Priaulx and Colin Turkington won Race 2 and Race 3, but all eyes were on two main championship title contenders. Gordon Shedden increased his lead to 23 points ahead of Jason Plato. Turkington jumped to third, ahead of Matt Neal. Fifth placed Andrew Jordan was 64 points behind Shedden, so mathematically he was is still in the game for the title before season’s finale at Brands Hatch.

 

Here’s the highlights of 2015 season’s finale at Brands Hatch:

 

 

Heroic last race for Shedden

And what a finale it was! Mat Jackson won first two races, while Plato and Shedden were far from podium places. Plato finished fifth and sixth respectively. Shedden was sixth in Race 1, but in the problematic Race 2 he was just 19th and scored no points. With one race to go Shedden’s advantage was 12 points.

 

In the last race, Plato was starting from the front row and immediately took the lead. He remained in front, but Shedden made a heroic progress from 19th place on the grid to 4th on the finish line, so Scotsman took the title with four points advantage.

 

Nic Hamilton, Nicolas Hamilton, BTCC

Nic Hamilton, the younger brother of Lewis, is the first ever disabled driver in a history of BTCC

 

Except the fantastic title fight and stunning victories of Mat Jackson in a second half of the season, one more thing marked the 2015 season. It was the appearance of the first ever disabled driver in BTCC history. Nicolas Hamilton, the younger brother of F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, debuted at Croft with AmD Tuning’s Audi S3. He ran four rounds and twelve races, with best finish on 16th place in Race 2 at Snetterton.

 

All 2015 BTCC results you can find at SnapLap result pages.

 

Photos: www.btcc.net

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