BTCC - Snetterton: Victories for Turkington, Jackson and Shedden
Colin Turkington (Subaru), Mat Jackson (Ford) and Gordon Shedden (Honda) are the winners of three BTCC races today at Snetterton. Rob Collard, who finished 16th, 4th and 2nd in three races, is the 2016 championship leader after 18 races. Collard collected 188 points, three more than his teammate Sam Tordoff. Honda’s Matt Neal is third, with 182 points, nineteen points more than his teammate Shedden.
Race 1: Turkington, Shedden, Jackson
In the first race of the day Colin Turkington, who started from the front row, next to the pole-sitter Gordon Shedden, stole the first place from Shedden on Lap 8. Prior to that, we saw bumper-to-bumper fight of #4 Subaru Levorg and #52 Honda Civic Type R. With this win, Turkington became the first three-time trace winner in 2016.
Mat Jackson had a good start in the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus, jumping from fifth to third. He defended his position ahead of Adam Morgan’s Mercedes and Ashley Sutton’s MG. Sutton eventually dropped down the ordre after a puncture, so Jason Plato finished fifth.
Race 2: Jackson, Turkington, Neal
In the second race, Mat Jackson secured victory in a thrilling race which was red flagged after a five-car wreck in the opening lap. Before race was stopped, Jackson jumped into the lead in front of poleman Turkington and Shedden. Two incidents happend in the opening lap. Aron Smith and Kelvin Fletcher collided on the exit of turn one, but the main drama came later on the Bentley Straight. Dan Welch and Ollie Jackson tangled and the dust filled the air, and after that Alex Martin, Hunter Abbott and Ashley Sutton were all caught up in the accident.
After the restart, Jackson repeated his attack and passed Shedden and Turkington. Jackson defended his position until the end of Lap 10, same as Turkington in the second place. In the fight for the final podium place, Shedden was bumped out by Adam Morgan. After that, Morgan lost duels against Matt Neal and Rob Collard, who made a biggest progress, from 16th to 4th. Neal and Collard fought for P3 and three-time champion in Honda was more successful.
Race 3: Shedden, Collard, Austin
In the third race of the day, reigning BTCC champion Gordon Shedden stole the victory from Rob Collard in the last lap. Rob Austin completed the podium, handing the maiden podium for Handy Motorsport.
The race was marked by a dramatic accident at the starting line which brought the second red flag of the day. After the contact of four cars (Mark Howard, Alex Martin, Ollie Jackson and Hunter Abbott), Abbott’s Chevrolet rolled over the barrier and into a television gantry, leaving a cameraman shaken but thankfully unharmed.
Pole-sitter and provisional championship leader Sam Tordoff broke down before the race could restart. Jason Plato was in front, but on Lap 2 he couldn’t defend the positon from Rob Collard. After that, both Matt Jackson and Gordon Shedden ovetook Plato. When Jackson slowed down because of some problems, Shedden was second and he started to chase Collard. He attacked Collard on the last lap and took the win.
Video : Snetterton Race 3 crash