This weekend saw the final in the Brand Hatch BTCC champions, with third time winner ‘Flash’ Gordon Shedden snatching the victory.
Honda’s reigning champion beat BMW’s Sam Tordoff to become the first man to claim back-to-back wins since Fabrizio Giovanardi for Vauxhall in 2007/08.
With the starting seven reversed on the grid for the last of the nail-biting battles, Shedden lined up fifth, with Tordoff ahead in third. After defending his position in the early stages, Shedden was hot on the heels of his rival, cutting into third with ease at Clearways and pulling clear of the BMW driver.
After a tense duel with Moffat for Second, there was some added pressure as Mercedes’ Adam Morgan launched a final-lap assault following a late car safety period. This wasn’t enough to deter Shedden, with Honda clearing the title win by two points as Tordoff came in fifth.
There aren’t too many people who have taken back-to-backs in the modern era. I’ve driven my heart out all season and did just enough. – Shedden
Up front, Ford’s Mat Jackson led the race in pole position but came up short with 16 points to Shedden’s 18, with Moffat maintaining second place on the podium for Mercedes.
There have been lots of times during the year when I thought it was getting away from me, but I always said I wouldn’t give up until the very end and to do it in the final race of the season is unbelievable. – Shedden
The current hugely successful format and order of its ten events will continue for a sixth successive season in 2017, starting next April at the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit layout in Kent. Britain’s biggest championship will go on to visit the nation’s top racing venues throughout the summer, culminating in what’s sure to be another exciting end to the legendary line-up.