BTCC Triple Race Weekend at Oulton Park
If you tuned in to BTCC live video or ITV4 this weekend, you will have seen a three-round race that left a lot of spectators lost for words over the very different outcome that each round brought. Halfords Yuasa Racing, 2015 and 2016 BTCC champion, Gordon Shedden who came 7th in round 10 and 4th in round 11, ended the final race with a clear victory and 1st position in the overall drivers standing board. Not far behind him now stands Team BMW’s Rob Collard, with Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram in third.
With Andrew Jordan and Matt Neal already in front, more than half a dozen of cars were fighting for third position coming up to the end of race one, Aiden Moffat pulled a bold stunt and squeezed Ashley Sutton’s Subaru onto the grass on the exit of Island Bend, making both of them leave their secured positions and allowing Colin Turkington back by.
However, Sutton got back on the track without too much hassle and repeated the trick on Moffat at Old Hall moments later and regained his position to secure third place at the end. Due to an electrical problem, Turkington was soon out of contention and slowly scraping for the finish line.
Sutton then went on to succeed in the second round and claimed victory by 1.066s, ahead of Rob Collard, securing a first win for Subaru and the second of his BTCC career.
While race three proved to be a Halfords Yuasa Racing trophy, with Gordon Shedden finishing first and Matt Neal running right behind with 0.279s difference. Shedden however, didn’t finish with an overall support after an incident with Josh Cook of Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport, left the latter with significant damage and out of the race, however no penalty was given to Shedden.
Oulton Park proved to be a bit of a challenge for RCIB Racing sponsored, Laser Tools Racing driver Aiden Moffat, dropping his rank by one spot and leaving him currently standing in 11th place. However, he did finish the qualifying round in 4th and has gained himself an overall independent driver standing of 5th place!
Michael Epps, sponsored by Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing, also showed a brilliant performance and finished in 15th place in an an overall drivers standing. Epps is pleased with the race outcome and is looking forward to gaining more points in the upcoming rounds:
“Things went well. We’ve been making gradual steps forward with the car and it’s been consistently better each time out. I knew Oulton would be a better circuit for us, but I’m confident now that we can move forward with each weekend and hope to bring home even better results and take that RCIB logo right to the front!”
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