Motorbase’s Mat Jackson won the third race of the weekend at Brands Hatch but Shedden was crowned champion. Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Gordon Shedden defended his title dramatically during the final race weekend of the season to retain the title during an action packed race meeting. The Scottish driver had to overcome a two-point lead Tordoff had to take the title. The reigning champion made the important move on Tordoff on the seventh lap of the race as Tordoff looked to be struggling. The two fought over third place as Mat Jackson had stormed away into the lead with Aiden Moffat following him leaving the chasing pack behind. The huge, 45,000 strong crowd held their breath and eyes peeled as Shedden pulled his Honda Civic Type R up the inside of Tordoff on the run down towards Clearways, he completed the move on the exit of Clarke where the banks were littered with spectators. Shedden fought off other attacks as well as a late safety car period to keep hold of third position and securing the title in the process. His success makes history as he became the first driver to win back to back titles since Fabrizio Giovanardi did in 2007 and 2008.
Mat Jackson took an outstanding win for the Motorbase team to see out the season in style during the final race. Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat drove outstandingly to hold on to second place from the start to the end of the race. Shedden took third ahead of WIX Racing’s Adam Morgan after he managed to pass Tordoff to take fourth, the latter taking fifth at the flag.
Although Tordoff missed out on the drivers championsip, the West Surrey Racing team secured the Manufactures’/Constructors’ championship for BMW whilst Team JCT600 with GardX won the HIQ Teams title. Motorbase’s Andrew Jordan took the Independents Drivers’ trophy with Motorbase Performance taking the Independents teams’ honours. After a season long battle with RCIB Insurance’s Michael Epps, the Jack Sears Trophy went to MG Racing RCIB Insurance’s Ashley Sutton.
In the final race of the season Tom Ingram took sixth ahead of MG Racing RCIB Insurance’s Josh Cook in seventh and RCIB Insurance Racing’s Jake Hill in eighth. Rob Collard finished the race in ninth with Jason Plato behind in tenth. Andrew Jordan finished the race in tenth ahead of Colin Turkington. Jack Goff finished in thirteenth ahead of Rob Austin in fourteenth. Eurotech’s Martin Depper finished in fifteenth ahead of Team BMR’s James Cole in sixteenth and Eurotech teammate and boss Jeff Smith in seventeenth. Speedworks Motorsport’s Matt Simpson finished in eighteenth ahead of Dextra Racing’s Alex Martin and Team BKR’s Aron Smith rounding out the top twenty. Kelvin Fletcher finished in twenty-first, Stewart Lines took twenty-second and Team BKR’s Mark Howard took twenty-third. Ashley Sutton finished in twenty-fourth ahead of Jack Sears Trophy rival Michael Epps in twenty-fifth.
The five non finishers in the final race of the season were; Goodestone Racing’s Dan Welch, RCIB Insurance Racing’s Tony Gilham, AmDTuning.com’s Ollie Jackson, Team BMR’s Warren Scott and Power Maxed Racing’s Hunter Abbott.
©Fay Tilley 3rd October 2016.