Gordon Shedden had to stage a dramatic fight through the field in the closing race to secure the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch.
The Scot’s sole title rival at the end of Sunday’s schedule, Jason Plato, moved into the lead at the start of the final race of the day, and the Volkswagen CC driver also posted the fastest lap, meaning that Shedden needed to finish fifth or better to secure the title. The Honda Civic Type R driver didn’t have success ballast to worry about, but he did start the closing race in 19th position on the grid, so he had to make the most of any weight or performance advantage to claim the crown.
In the end Shedden’s team-mate, Matt Neal, deployed a clever move by attacking Jack Goff in the closing stages; that, in turn, allowed Adam Morgan and Mat Jackson to get involved, and brought the recovering Shedden into play as well. Neal eventually backed off enough to allow Shedden some breathing space - and in the meantime Sam Tordoff took fastest lap off Plato, granting the 2012 title winner a slightly more comfortable run to a second championship success.