Honda Civic Tourer driver Gordon Shedden took an estate-bodied car to victory for the first time in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park today.
Shedden won the third race of the day in the still-developing machine, but the pace of the factory MG 6s was the other major talking point of the weekend, with team-mates Jason Plato and Sam Tordoff grabbing a win apiece.
On Saturday Plato obliterated the East Midland circuit’s BTCC lap record on his way to his first pole position of the season. Shedden joined him on the front row in the works Honda Civic Tourer – the first time an estate-bodied car had qualified on the front row in the domestic tin-top series.
Plato made a good start and seized the lead into the first corner, while the fast-starting BMW 125i M Sport of Colin Turkington slotted into second. He didn’t hold that position for long, however, struggling for pace in the cold, damp conditions and ceding positions to the MG of Sam Tordoff and Shedden, who had been slow away.
Turkington began to find front-running pace by mid-distance as he got back by Shedden, but his eBay Motors team-mate Rob Collard was on a charge. From 13th on the grid, Collard moved up to fifth position by lap seven by deposing Shedden and then latched onto the podium battle between Turkington and reigning champion Andrew Jordan.
Honda Civic driver Jordan sliced past Turkington at Redgate for third and Collard also slipped ahead of the Ulsterman shortly after. Shedden retained sixth until the end, while former champions Fabrizio Giovanardi (Airwaves Racing Ford Focus) and Matt Neal came home in seventh and eighth in their Ford Focus and Honda Civic Tourer respectively.