Honda takes double at BTCC Knockhill

Honda Yuasa Racing took victory in race two and three at Knockhill, while Rob Collard won race one after a brilliant, battling drive.

Andy Priaulx started from pole for Race 1 and got away smartly as Mat Jackson bested Sam Tordoff away from the line to take second. Jackson then out-braked Priaulx into the hairpin, claiming the lead.

The pair ran nose-to-tail for much of the race until Priaulx made his move on the exit of the hairpin. But Jackson defended hard which pushed Priaulx wide and allowed Rob Collard through to second. Collard tried Priaulx’s move on the next lap and made it work, stuffing his BMW through the slightest of gaps. Priaulx closed back up to Jackson and they rubbed shoulders on the run to the line. But Jackson kept his nose ahead, giving the Motorbase Ford a podium finish in only its fourth race of the season.

Sam Tordoff battled through to fourth, having fallen down to seventh from third on the grid, after pulling off a double pass on Gordon Shedden and Rob Austin, who had been disputing the position for much of the race. Matt Neal then hopped past Austin in the closing stages.

Andrew Jordan had a quiet race to eighth, while Adam Morgan finished ninth ahead of Colin Turkington. Championship leader Jason Plato was outside the points after his worst-ever qualifying, caused by a broken damper. He elected to start from the pits in an attempt to set a fast lap time for the Race 2 grid, but with maximum ballast on board his Team BMR VW, he could only manage eighth.

BTCC Knockhill Race 1 top ten after 25 laps

  1. Rob Collard — JCT600 Racing w. GardX/BMW 125i M Sport — 22:43.347
  2. Mat Jackson — Motorbase Performance/Ford Focus ST — +1.720
  3. Andy Priaulx — Team IHG Rewards Club/BMW 125i M Sport — +1.891
  4. Sam Tordoff — JCT600 Racing w. GardX — BMW 125i M Sport — +2.734
  5. Gordon Shedden — Honda Yuasa Racing/Honda Civic Type R — +7.820
  6. Matt Neal — Honda Yuasa Racing/Honda Civic Type R — +7.925
  7. Rob Austin — Exocet AlcoSense/Audi A4 — +8.060
  8. Andrew Jordan — MG Pirtek Racing/MG6 GT — +11.128
  9. Adam Morgan — WIX Racing/Mercedes A-Class — +11.762
  10. Colin Turkington — Team BMR RCIB Insurance/Volkswagen CC — +15.593

Mat Jackson started from pole for Race 2 and made a quick getaway, but his lead would only last five laps. Gordon Shedden, starting from second, made an unlikely, attacking move at Clark’s and controlled the race from there. He took¬†a hugely popular win in front of his home crowd, at the circuit he works as commercial manager for.

Jackson held onto second until lap 25, when he was passed by Rob Collard. Collard had a mighty run from fourth with maximum ballast, duelling with Rob Austin for several laps until a slight mistake by Austin allowed Collard through. Andrew Jordan and Andy Priaulx took advantage of the open door, too. Priaulx was fortunate to escape censure for an incident with Colin Turkington earlier in the race, which forced the VW to retire with broken suspension.

Long-time adversaries Jason Plato and Matt Neal managed not to get too closely involved with each other on the way to seventh and eighth, while the Mercedes duo of Aiden Moffat and Adam Morgan rounded out the top ten.

BTCC Knockhill Race 2 top ten after 27 laps

  1. Gordon Shedden — Honda Yuasa Racing/Honda Civic Type R — 25:36.720
  2. Rob Collard — JCT600 Racing w. GardX/BMW 125i M Sport — +3.419
  3. Mat Jackson — Motorbase Performance/Ford Focus ST — +4.371
  4. Andrew Jordan — MG Pirtek Racing/MG6 GT — +4.946
  5. Andy Priaulx — Team IHG Rewards Club/BMW 125i M Sport — +5.219
  6. Rob Austin — Exocet AlcoSense/Audi A4 — +5.831
  7. Jason Plato — Team BMR RCIB Insurance/Volkswagen CC — +6.281
  8. Matt Neal — Honda Yuasa Racing/Honda Civic Type R — +7.168
  9. Aiden Moffat — Laser Tools Racing/Mercedes A-Class — +8.982
  10. Adam Morgan — WIX Racing/Mercedes A-Class — +11.772

Number ten was drawn for the reverse-grid Race 3, promoting Adam Morgan to pole, who was joined on the front row by Aiden Moffat, the first time both Mercedes’ have been at the front. The pair drove away in formation and held station at the front for much of the race.

Moffat would eventually fall into the clutches of Matt Neal, who fended off Jason Plato in the early laps. Neal then set off in pursuit of Morgan and seized a long-shot opportunity into the hairpin after the Mercedes was delayed with some debris from another car stuck to its nose. Neal executed the late-braking move perfectly, taking the lead with one lap to go.

Andy Priaulx had a feisty race through the order and scythed up to the back of Moffat’s car. He made several attempts to take third, finally nudging the youngster out of the way. Though he crossed the line third, he would be handed a time penalty for the move after the race, switching the positions. As such, Moffat was awarded his first podium finish in the BTCC, on home soil, just two weeks after sitting out the Snetterton meeting with a concussion sustained during practice.

Rob Austin had an eventful race to fifth, tussling hard with Sam Tordoff until contact forced them both through the gravel, which caused to Tordoff to retire. The BMW racer had a fine run up to that point, making some brave passes.

Jason Plato fell to sixth from third on the grid, ahead of Andrew Jordan, Gordon Shedden and Mat Jackson. Martin Depper was tenth, his best finish of the season.

BTCC Knockhill Race 3 top ten after 25 laps

  1. Matt Neal — Honda Yuasa Raciing/Honda Civic Type R — 22:36.425
  2. Adam Morgan — WIX Racing/Mercedes A-Class — +0.350
  3. Aiden Moffat — Laser Tools Racing/Mercedes A-Class — +11.923
  4. Andy Priaulx — Team IHG Rewards Club/BMW 125i M Sport — +12.107
  5. Rob Austin — Exocet Alcosense/Audi A4 — +12.372
  6. Jason Plato — Team BMR RCIB Insurance/Volkswagen C — +13.620
  7. Andrew Jordan — MG Pirtek Racing/MG6 GT — +14.530
  8. Gordon Shedden — Honda Yuasa Racing/Honda Civic Type R — +15.588
  9. Mat Jackson — Motorbase Performance/Ford Focus ST — +17.872
  10. Martin Depper — Eurotech Racing/Honda Civic — +19.365

Their wins have brought Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal right back into the title hunt, after a disastrous meeting last time out at Snetterton. Jason Plato still holds onto the championship lead by 11 points.

Shedden said: “It was brilliant feeling to to get onto the top step of the podium in Scotland! The Honda is awesome around here, and on a fantastic sunny day at Knockhill I’m so happy to have got a win.”

“We though we’d be strong at Snetteton and weak here,” said Neal. “But it really shows you how quickly everything car turn around in the BTCC! To bounce back with two wins for the team, it just goes to show the hard work everyone is putting in and how good the Type R is.”

Plato said: “From where we were in qualifying it was a really good weekend. The problem with Knockhill is it just doesn’t suit our car. It’s just the way it is, but it’s the only circuit on the calendar with these characteristics. We tested recently at Rockingham so we’ve got a good set-up. It’s game on.”

The next round of the British Touring Car Championship is at Rockingham on 6 September.

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