Gorden Shedden won the second race at Brands Hatch for the BTCC today in what was a photo-finish from the Honda YUASA driver after pole man from the previous race Andy Priaulx crossed the line just four hundredths of a second behind.
It was an eventful second race, with Shedden making full use of the ballast onboard both BMW’s to get into second place at the start heading into turn one. Winner of the previous race Rob Collard meanwhile tumbled down the order with his 75kg of success ballast, ending up in P8 by lap 10 after holding off a train of cars that was led by Adam Morgan.
Matt Neal also got caught up in that train after spinning his Honda off at turn one, with Newsham managing to get past Rob Austin for P12. Elsewhere up front we saw Jason Plato comfortably controlling the race pace, four seconds ahead of Shedden who was now under pressure from Priaulx for P2. The pair diced for position, with Priaulx managing to get past into turn one before Shedden retook the position at the top of Druids.
The pair were nose to tail, before we suddenly saw the BMR of Plato in the gravel at turn one! The Volkswagen had picked up debris which punctured his tyre, sending Plato straight off at turn one. That turned what was looking like a good scrap for second into the scrap for the lead of the race, and on the final lap Priaulx got a run out of Clearways and the pair went side-by-side across the line, with Shedden just getting the better of him.
Colin Turkington came third, with Morgan, Jordan, Ingram, Tordoff, Neal, Goff, and Rob Austin rounding out the top ten. After the race Austin drew himself in the grid lottery numbers, reversing the entire top ten for race three.