Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Gordon Shedden was the winner on the road of the final race of the day but it was Team BMW’s Colin Turkington who took the victory after Shedden failed the ride height checks in the technical checks.
Shedden looked to have taken a fantastic win after a classy drive during the difficult conditions, the reigning champion made light work of the four cars ahead of him during the race. He lost one place to Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport’s Josh Cook at the start but Shedden wasted no time in getting back past on his way to diving down the inside of Turkington by the end of the same lap.
BTC Norlin Racing’s Dave Newsham started on pole and had initially broken away from the pack but Shedden soon chased him down and fired his Honda Civic Type R around the outside of Redgate to take the lead of the race. Shedden drove well during the latter stages of the race crossing the line believing he had won the race, when it came to the technical checks he failed the post-race ride height checks, this causing him to be excluded from the classification.
Due to his exclusion the move for the win took place on lap eight of the encounter as Turkington managed to pass Newsham as the two went through the final chicane. Newsham fought back for the remaining time of the race after being attacked by a number of cars. One of the battles saw Adrian Flux Subaru Racing’s Ashley Sutton dive past the Chevrolet, Newsham regained the place but Adam Morgan was able to close in. On the final lap of the race as they headed down to Roberts they were three abreast, Morgan came out ahead of Sutton to take second place. Newsham narrowly missed out on the podium after Sutton managed to pass him at the final Chicane to take third with Newsham finishing in fourth.
Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram crossed the line to take fifth and also takes the overall championship lead as well as the two Independents’ tables.
Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff finished the race in sixth after coming out on top of a great battle with Josh Cook, the latter finishing in seventh. Race one winner Aiden Moffat crossed the line in his Laser Tools backed Mercedes to take eighth.
MG Racing RCIB Insurance’s Aron Smith took ninth ahead of Power Maxed Racing’s Senna Proctor in tenth. Proctor finished as the top Rookie driver so managed to get a podium by taking the Jack Sears Trophy for the second weekend in a row.
Full classification from race three:
- Colin Turkington – Team BMW
- Adam Morgan – Ciceley Motorsport
- Ashley Sutton – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing
- Dave Newsham – BTC Norlin Racing
- Tom Ingram – Speedworks Motorsport
- Jack Goff – Eurotech Racing
- Josh Cook – Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport
- Aiden Moffat – Laser Tools Racing
- Aron Taylor-Smith – MG Racing RCIB Insurance
- Senna Proctor – Power Maxed Racing
- Jake Hill – TAG Racing
- Rob Collard – Team BMW
- Rob Austin – Handy Motorsport
- Tom Chilton – Power Maxed Racing
- Ollie Jackson – AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts
- Jason Plato – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing
- Chris Smiley – BTC Norlin Racing
- Andrew Jordan – BMW Pirtek Racing
- Stephen Jelley – Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport
- Matt Simpson – Simpson Racing
- Michael Epps – Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing
- James Cole – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing
- Josh Price – Adrian Flux Subaru Racing
- Martin Depper – Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo
- Luke Davenport – Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo
DNF – Ant Whorton-Eales – AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts
DNF – Daniel Lloyd – MG Racing RCIB Insurance
DNF – Jeff Smith – Eurotech Racing
DNF – Will Burns – Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing
DNF – Mat Jackson – Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo
DNS – Matt Neal – Halfords Yuasa Racing
EX – Gordon Shedden – Halfords Yuasa Racing
Photo Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
©Fay Tilley 17th April 2017