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Fortec’s Felipe Guimaraes’ first win in the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series and a Carlin 1-2-3 in the second race of the day were the key highlights from the two superb races today (Sunday) at Brands Hatch.
Carlin’s Jazeman Jaafar became the first man to win two races in a weekend with his victory in the final race of the day, and as the series packs its bags for the finale in Germany (21/22 Sept) it is Carlin’s Jordan King who leads the Championship standings after a tricky weekend for previous points leader, Will Buller (Fortec Motorsport).
Ed Jones’s two victories enabled him to close up the gap to CF Racing’s Sun Zheng, the West-Tec man won twice today, narrowly missing out on a Brands Hatch clean sweep.
King was also voted the Mobil Service Centre Master of the Weekend for his driving and progression across the whole of the Brands Hatch meeting. He now joins Will Buller and Sun Zheng as the British F3 representatives in the 2013 Mobil Service Centre Master of Year competition.
Race 8 
The second Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series race at Brands Hatch saw a new winner in Brazlian Felipe Lopes Guimaraes for Fortec Motorsport, while Ed Jones recovered from the back to win the National class.

Guimaraes took advantage of a poor start for pole-sitter Tatiana Calderon to inherit second place, but that became the race lead after Will Buller repeated his opening race blunder with another jump start. The championship leader’s subsequent drive-through penalty dropped him down the order to eighth place, where he then launched a recovery drive.

His team-mate Guimaraes inheritted a lead of over three seconds from Jann Madenborough and the fast-starting Antonio Giovinazzi after Buller served his punishment, Giovinazzi keeping Mardenborough under pressure during the first half of the 30-minute race.

The Double R man then took advantage of a mistake around the GP loop for Mardenborough, the Carlin driver dropping from second to fifth as his team-mates Jazeman Jaafar and Jordan King picked up the pieces to move up to third and fourth.

Guimaraes had gapped his opposition sufficiently enough to hold a five-second lead by the time Giovinazzi had moved up to the runner-up spot, the Fortec man taking a first win in the Championship by 2.6 seconds.

Yesterday’s race winner Jaafar claimed a second podium of the weekend ahead of Carlin team-mates King and Mardenborough, King the biggest gainer in the championship after Buller was demoted to ninth by a 30-second penalty for not respecting track limits, something also slapped to Nicholas Latifi’s race time.

Buller made his way past several drivers up to fifth ahead of Mardenborough, but after his penalty finished behind the Double R Dallara-Mercedes duo of Sean Gelael and Calderon, as well as National class winner Jones, the West-Tec driver recovering from the back of the grid after clutch problems put him out of race one.

Jones caught and passed class point leader Sun Zheng to equal the CF Racing driver’s win tally of four in the class, Cameron Twynham finishing third in class while Chris Vlok was the only non-finisher.

The third and final race of the way sees Jaafar start on pole position ahead of team-mate King, the race getting underway at 16:50 later this afternoon.

*Upon further video evidence, the penalties for Buller and Latifi were rescinded

Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series 
Round 3, Brands Hatch GP Circuit (11/08/2013) 
Race 8, 23 laps 
1  Felipe GUIMARAES / BRA, Fortec Dallara-HWA Mercedes  30:51.983
2  Antonio GIOVINAZZI / ITA, Double R Racing Dallara-HWA Mercedes  +2.609
3  Jazeman JAAFAR / MAL, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +13.063
4  Jordan KING / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +17.290
5  Jann MARDENBOROUGH / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +19.918
6  Sean GELAEL / INA, Double R Racing Dallara-HWA Mercedes  +27.889
7  Tatiana CALDERON / COL, Double R Racing Dallara-HWA Mercedes  + 38.515
8  Ed JONES / GBR,  Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota  +44.396
9  Will BULLER / BGR, Fortec Dallara-HWA Mercedes  +50.279 (penalty rescinded – finished 4th)
10 Nicholas LATIFI / CDN, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +1:00.390 (penalty rescinded – finished 6th)
National class:
1  Ed JONES / GBR,  Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota  31:36.379
2  Sun ZHENG / CHI,  CF Racing Dallara-NBE  +19.072
3  Cameron TWYNHAM / GBR,  Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota  +21.569
Full results: http://bit.ly/15qjqgh
Race 9 
Jazeman Jaafar’s return to the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series at Brands Hatch ended in the way it started with victory in the final race of the weekend ahead of team-mate Jordan King, while Ed Jones kept his National class title hopes alive with his second success of the weekend.

Jaafar was dominant as he led a Carlin 1-2-3 in the third and final race at the Brands Hatch GP circuit, while an incident on the second lap eliminated championship leader Will Buller from a top points position, which enabled second-place finisher, King to take the points lead heading into the final round of the season at the Nurburgring.

A perfect getaway for Jaafar set the Carlin man on course to victory, opening a gap of over three seconds before King began to steadily trim the gap to his Carlin team-mate.

The British driver cut the lead cushion to under a second to set up a tense final 15 minutes to the race, but – despite one opportunity while lapping backmarkers – he was not able to find an opportunity to pass the Malaysian around the tight and twisty Brands Hatch circuit.

Nicholas Latifi made it a podium sweep for Carlin with a distant third spot, comfortably ahead of race two winner Felipe Guimaraes who survived a tangle on the second lap of the race that crucially involved team-mate Buller.

Guimaraes, Buller and Double R’s Antonio Giovinazzi all fought for the same piece of track heading into Druids corner, Guimaraes escaping as they approached Graham Hill Bend where Giovinazzi clattered into the side of Buller’s Dallara-Mercedes. Giovinazzi retired on the spot with right-front suspension damage, while Buller could only limp back to the pits before returning to the track on his way to finishing down in 12th place overall.

The incident also allowed Jann Mardenborough to recover lost ground after a slow start that dropped him to seventh, the Carlin man finishing fifth by the race’s conclusion ahead of the sole-remaining Double R cars of Sean Gelael and Tatiana Calderon.

Eighth place was the finishing position of National class victor, Ed Jones, who matched his race two result by winning ahead of Cameron Twynham and Chris Vlok.

The West-Tec driver also survived a clash with championship rival Sun Zheng during their battle for the class lead, the CF Racing driver climbing over the rear of Jones’ Dallara-Toyota and into an early retirment.

Attention now turns to the final round of the 2013 British F3 International Series, with three races at the Nurburgring GP circuit left to decide the title on September 21-22.

Jazeman JAAFAR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen (First in race 3)
“It’s been a perfect weekend really, I couldn’t ask for more. In practice we gradually built ourselves up and then in qualifying it all came together. The race pace is something that I have enjoyed; Jordan has really pressured me but all in all the team did a fantastic ob and the car’s evolved a lot from last year.”

Jordan KING, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen (Points leader)

“First of all it was a really good start and I got fully alongside Jaz going into turn one, but going around the outside isn’t easy with lots of marbles out there. The first couple of corners were a bit tight, but then Jaz started to edge away for the first five laps. Then I closed him down to within touchhing distance and I did actually touch my nosecone on his rear wing. After that I just backed off and stayed off the kerbs to make it around.”

“It sounds obviously a lot better leading the championship, but it’s the first time I’ve been in the lead of the championship but it doesn’t change anything. You’ve still got to qualify on the front row and win races.

“Hopefully in Nurburgring I can get a double pole like at Silverstone and we’ll see how it goes.”

Ed Jones, Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota

“Coming back to win has been great for the team, unfortunately we had a few problems in practice and then race one, but today everything has gone smoothly. I didn’t have such a good start off the line and made my my back through until passing Zheng going into Druids; he must have locked up and went over the top of me. From then on it was a bit of a race for myself really.”

Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series
Round 3, Brands Hatch GP Circuit (11/08/2013)
Race 3, 23 laps
Provisional results International class
1  Jazeman JAAFAR / MAL, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  30:53:310
2  Jordan KING / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +5.477
3  Nicholas LATIFI / CDN, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +7.464
4  Felipe GUIMARAES / BRA, Fortec Dallara-HWA Mercedes  +25.431
5  Jann MARDENBOROUGH / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +25.814
6  Sean GELAEL / ITA, Double R Racing Dallara-HWA Mercedes  +36.558
7  Tatiana CALDERON / COL, Double R Racing Dallara-HWA Mercedes  +51.142
8  Ed JONES / GBR,  Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota  + 1:08.268
9  Cameron TWYNHAM / GBR,  Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota  +1 lap
10 Peter Zhi CONG LI / CHN,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +1 lap 

Provisional results National class:
1  Ed JONES / GBR,  Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota  32:01.578
2  Cameron TWYNHAM / GBR,  Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota  +1 lap
3  Chris VLOK / NZL,  Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota  +1 lap

British F3


Carlin’s Jaafar fends off King for Brands win –
Jazeman Jaafar converted pole-position into a lights-to-flag victory in the weekend’s opening Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series race at Brands Hatch, while Sun Zheng extended his National class points lead with another win.
Carlin driver Jaafar made it a winning return to the British F3 Championship after holding off the attentions of team-mate Jordan King throughout the race. The Malaysian driver made the perfect start from pole position and kept his team-mate at bay for the 23-lap encounter, despite King remaining within two seconds throughout.
Championship leader Will Buller made a lightning start when the lights went out to leap up to fourth place from seventh on the grid, a start that it soon transpired was jumped, Buller slapped with a drive through penalty that dropped him down to eighth place as the consequence.
The two Carlin Dallara-Volkswagens pulled away from the fast-starting Antonio Giovinazzi at the front of the field, but King was not close enough to make a move on his team-mate as Jaafar failed to fold under pressure, taking victory by 0.428s ahead of King.
Double R’s Giovinazzi was 4.894s back in a distant third, the Italian driver rounding out the podium ahead of another Carlin duo, Nicholas Latifi finishing fourth ahead of Jann Mardenborough.
Buller salvaged sixth place after catching and passing Fortec Motorsport team-mate Felipe Guimaraes on the penultimate tour heading through Paddock Hill Bend, also recieving a bonus point for the fastest lap of the race as he snatched it away from title rival King in the dying laps.
Tatiana Calderon finished in eighth place, her Double R team-mate Sean Gelael one of the race’s reitrements after an off at the exit of Sheene Curve. Peter Zhi Cong Li’s debut meanwhile saw him finish 11th place in the fifth and final Carlin car.

Behind them, the National class was won by Zheng who continued his run of wins to four, the CF Racing driver inheriting the position even before the start as Ed Jones’ West-Tec Dallara-Toyota failed to make it away from the grid on the warm-up lap.

Jones started from the pit lane and subsequently fought his way up into second in class, but was denied the opportunity to fight Zheng for the win by a mechanical problem forcing him to retire in the early stages of the race. Zheng therefore claimed a comfortable win, but only after edging away from Cameron Twynham in the second half of the race.
Race two takes place tomorrow at 11:00, with the grid constructed by the reversal of the top eight finishers from the first race, meaning Calderon starts race two from pole position. Race three gets underway at 16:50 on Sunday afternoon.
Jazeman Jaafar, Carlin – 1st in INT
“It’s really awesome to be able to drive a Formula 3 car again. Running at this track is very special for me, as you’re always trying to find the limits. Jordan was very quick; obviously we had two different roles – he is fighting for the championship and I was driving my own race. I kept focused and drove a consistent race.”
Jordan King, Carlin – 2nd in INT
“In the first few laps I closed right up on [Jazeman] and tried to overtake him, but as we know at Brands Hatch it’s very difficult to overtake. So I kept backing off and trying to get the fastest lap, which I did but then it was taken away from me by [Buller] which was quite annoying. From then I wasn’t too fussed about getting past Jaz, so I took the points which is good for the championship.”
Antonio Giovinazzi, Double R – 3rd in INT
“It was a good start and I was third into the first corner, and after Buller got his driver through that was good obviously for the championship. I couldn’t catch up to Jordan, but we will look to tomorrow; I start fifth so I hope I can improve.”
Sun Zheng, CF Racing – 1st in NAT:
“I made a good start, I haven’t talked to Ed yet so I don’t know what his problem was. There were some tyre pressure issues on my car at the start so i struggled, and then after six to eight laps then I was able to push a bit more and pull away.”
Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series
Round 3, Brands Hatch GP Circuit (10/08/2013)
1  Jazeman JAAFAR / MAL, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  30:48:434
2  Jordan KING / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +0.428
3  Antonio GIOVINAZZI / ITA, Double R Racing Dallara-HWA Mercedes  +4.894
4  Nicholas LATIFI / CDN, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +7.271
5  Jann MARDENBOROUGH / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +13.757
6  Will BULLER / BGR, Fortec Dallara-HWA Mercedes  +22.966
7  Felipe GUIMARAES / BRA, Fortec Dallara-HWA Mercedes  +23.696
8  Tatiana CALDERON / COL, Double R Racing Dallara-HWA Mercedes  + 52.572
9  Sun ZHENG / CHI,  CF Racing Dallara-NBE  + 1:22.512
10 Cameron TWYNHAM / GBR,  Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota  +1 lap 
National class:
1  Sun ZHENG / CHI,  CF Racing Dallara-NBE  32:10.946
2  Cameron TWYNHAM / GBR,  Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota  +1 lap
3  Chris Vlok / NZL,  Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota  +1 lap
Race two grid: Calderon – Guimaraes – Buller – Mardenborough – Latifi – Giovinazzi – King – Jaafar – Zheng -Twynham

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BTCC brands hatch 2013


MG racer Plato claims two wins before Neal leads home a Honda one-two in final contest.

Jason Plato leads the 2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after taking two wins from the opening three races of the season on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.
Matt Neal led home Honda Yuasa Racing team-mate Gordon Shedden in the final race to ensure the champion squad ended a challenging weekend on a high. Fellow Honda Civic driver Andrew Jordan is second in the standings after securing a pole position, two second places and a sixth from the weekend.
Plato won the opening race of the year after coming out on top of a pulsating battle with Jordan. Rob Austin had led the early running in his Audi A4 before both Plato and Jordan slipped by. A closing Jordan made one final lunge on Plato in an attempt to claim victory, and the rather optimistic move ended in contact with both cars sliding off the track. Incredibly both scrabbled their way back onto the circuit before third placed Austin had arrived, and Plato hung on to win.
Race two was a much more commanding affair as Plato took a lights-to-flag victory – the 76th win of his record breaking BTCC career. Jordan again claimed second, ahead of the charging Honda of reigning champion Shedden. The Scotsman was later excluded, however, after his car failed ride height regulations during post-race scrutineering, handing Jeff Smith a popular podium for Pirtek Racing.
Triple-champion Neal then went on to secure his first win of the new campaign, leading home team-mate Shedden by an incredibly close 0.083s. Neal took the lead early on after pole-sitter Mat Jackson slid wide in his Ford Focus at Druids. The Honda driver went on to take charge of the race, before fending off a late challenge from Shedden. A great drive from 23-year-old Sam Tordoff saw him score his maiden BTCC podium for the MG KX Momentum team, which along with Plato’s healthy points score means the squad is in charge of the Manufacturer standings.
The final race also included a huge accident when Dave Newsham spun his Toyota Avensis on the dip between Paddock and the run up to Druids. Austin attempted to take avoiding action but clipped Newsham’s stricken car on his way through. Austin’s Audi ran on to the grass at high speed before making heavy impact with the barrier on the inside of the circuit. Both drivers emerged unscathed from the dramatic incident.
The Jack Sears Trophy – for S2000 cars – is led by Liam Griffin after the Addison Lee Motorbase driver claimed two wins in his Ford Focus. James Kaye was the inaugural victor having won the first race in the AmDTuning.com VW Golf.
It was Jason Plato who left Kent with the biggest smile as the double-champion holds a nine-point lead in the standings over Jordan. Tordoff’s maiden podium and two top-six finishes mean he lies third in the championship, followed by the consistent Smith and race three victor Neal. The BTCC battle is rejoined at Donington Park in Leicestershire on 20-21 April.
Jason Plato said: “I am delighted with the first two wins. Last year was a sign of what might have come for us at MG – but we’ve changed the balance considerably now so it’s much easier to drive. It has been a good weekend.”

Matt Neal said: “I’m really chuffed with the one-two after what’s been a tough weekend, but they always say to finish on a high. It was a nice way to finish the race in Honda formation – it reminded me of the last race of last season.”
Penalties: Frank Wrathall (Dynojet) was fined £1000 and given three penalty points on his competition licence for incidents in race two.

2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Brands Hatch Indy – Provisional Results
Race 1
1 Jason Plato (MG KX Momentum Racing) 27 Laps

2 Andrew Jordan (Pirtek Racing) +2.168 

3 Rob Austin (WIX Racing) +6.130

4 Sam Tordoff (MG KX Momentum Racing) +7.781

5 Jeff Smith (Pirtek Racing) +8.245

6 Frank Wrathall (Dynojet) +13.622

Race 2
1 Jason Plato (MG KX Momentum Racing) 49.124

2 Andrew Jordan (Pirtek Racing) +0.989

3 Jeff Smith (Pirtek Racing) +4.958

4 Matt Neal (Honda Yuasa Racing) +5.073

5 Sam Tordoff (MG KX Momentum Racing) +5.454

6 Adam Morgan (Ciceley Racing) +5.874
Race 3
1 Matt Neal (Honda Yuasa Racing) 27 laps

2 Gordon Shedden (Honda Yuasa Racing) +0.083

3 Sam Tordoff (MG KX Momentum Racing) +1.216

4 Adam Morgan (Ciceley Racing) +2.171

5 Jason Plato (MG KX Momentum Racing) +3.651

6 Andrew Jordan (Pirtek Racing) +4.727
2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Provisional Driver Standings – after 3 of 30 rounds
1 Jason Plato (MG KX Momentum Racing) 54 points

2 Andrew Jordan (Pirtek Racing) 45
3 Sam Tordoff (MG KX Momentum Racing) 40

4 Jeff Smith (Pirtek Racing) 35
5 Matt Neal (Honda Yuasa Racing) 34

6 Adam Morgan (Ciceley Racing) 32


BTCC 2013 Grid

BUMPER BTCC GRID GEARS UP FOR SEASON OPENER – UK’s premier motor racing championship roars into Brands Hatch

The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship roars into Brands Hatch, Kent, this weekend (30/31 March) for the opening round of the 2013 season.
Fresh from confirming a record – and capacity – 32-car grid and a new television broadcasting deal with ITV that takes live coverage up to at least 2017, the BTCC is leading a bright new era of touring car racing. Adding to the anticipation of the new campaign is the fact that there’ll be four champions on the grid, with returning 2009 victor Colin Turkington joining reigning champion Gordon Shedden and multiple title winners Matt Neal and Jason Plato.
In total an incredible 13 models from 11 different marques are entered, including both Honda and MG as official Manufacturer teams, with no fewer than 26 of the unprecedented number entering with the BTCC’s latest NGTC-spec machinery.
A further addition to the championship is the introduction of a new ‘soft’ tyre compound from Dunlop – similar to those used in Formula 1 – which will see drivers in NGTC-spec cars having one set at their disposal over the weekend. These tyres will offer a variation in performance to the standard compound tyre and must be used in one of the three races at each event. Teams must nominate, prior to Saturday’s qualifying session, which particular race they elect to use them. Drivers in the older S2000 machines will also still have plenty to play for as they contest the inaugural Jack Sears Trophy throughout the 2013 season.
Brands Hatch is steeped in motor sport tradition and has seen its fair share of BTCC history created over the years, none more recently than when Gordon Shedden claimed the 2012 title on the legendary Grand Prix circuit last October. The 2013 season kicks off on the Indy configuration of the circuit, however, and the statistics do not fair well for reigning champion Shedden (Honda Yuasa Racing Team), as the Scotsman has never won a BTCC race at Brands.
The master of the tight and twisty 1.2 miles of tarmac is Jason Plato (MG KX Momentum Racing), with the double champ having won no fewer than 12 rounds there during his career. Unsurprisingly Plato is closely followed by triple champion and title rival Matt Neal (Honda Yuasa Racing Team), on 10 wins, and Neal will be aiming to gun down Plato’s record this weekend.
On the subject of title contenders, the return of Colin Turkington to the BTCC created huge interest over the winter. The Irishman is reunited with West Surrey Racing – who he raced for during his 2009 championship winning campaign – but this time he’ll be driving in an all-new BMW 125i M Sport under the eBay Motors banner.
Independents’ Champion Andrew Jordan is another who’ll be aiming for overall honours this year in his Pirtek Racing Honda Civic, and there’ll be huge local interest, too, with Airwaves Racing also targeting the title. Mat Jackson leads the driver line-up for the Wrotham-based squad, with the 2008 BTCC runner-up looking to go one better this season. Other local teams gunning for glory this weekend are Dartford’s Team HARD. and West Thurrock outfit AmDTuning.com.
The event is always one of the region’s biggest sporting events of the year, with the weekend getting underway with two practice sessions and qualifying on the Saturday. A huge crowd is then expected to brave the chilly conditions currently blanketing the nation for the hugely exciting triple-header of races on Sunday. For those that cannot make the event – ITV4 HD will be broadcasting more than six hours of live coverage throughout the day from 10:45am.
A stellar cast will also support the BTCC over the weekend, producing no fewer than 12 further races, arguably led by the return of single-seater formula racing to the bill. The Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain, which launched the careers of a host of top drivers including Ayrton Senna and Jenson Button, will provide three races across the weekend, as will the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup, whilst Porsche Carrera Cup GB, Renault UK Clio Cup and Ginetta Junior Championship will all enjoy double-headers.
With advanced bookings now closed, Saturday is priced at £13 for adults and £10 for Senior Citizens on the gate. Sunday tickets are priced at adults £31 and Senior Citizens £20. Admission for accompanied children aged 12 and under is FREE all weekend. All admission includes access to Sunday morning’s autograph session with the BTCC drivers in the pit lane as well as free parking. Brands Hatch will also have big screens in place for fans to keep fully abreast of all the action via ITV4’s live race day broadcast.



Matt Neal and first-time winners Aron Smith and Frank Wrathall shared the victories in today’s final three races of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season on a wet Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. But it is Gordon Shedden who tonight leaves the world-famous Kent venue as the newly crowned 2012 Champion. Shedden, from Fife, becomes the first Scottish driver to lift the most coveted prize in UK motor sport since his own hero, John Cleland, in 1995…

Furthermore, drivers and teams using Honda’s Civic model have achieved a clean sweep of all five BTCC titles. In addition to Shedden, Andrew Jordan today collected the Independent Drivers Trophy, Honda/Dynamics the Manufacturers/Constructors Championship and the Honda Yuasa Racing Team and Pirtek Racing the outright HiQ and Independent teams’ trophies respectively. Tom Onslow-Cole’s eBay Motors BMW had taken pole position in Saturday’s dry qualifying session. But in today’s first race he could only finish third behind Neal and Jordan in their Civics. Shedden took fifth and closest challenger at that point, MG KX Momentum Racing’s Jason Plato, eighth.

In race two Dubliner Smith was in unstoppable form en route to his maiden BTCC race win in Redstone Racing’s Ford Focus, but second place and the fastest lap for Shedden was enough for him to put the title out of his rivals’ reach. Out-going Champion Neal was third to move back up to second in the standings past Plato who finished in fifth.

Similarly, the day’s third race, the last of the season, was also won in emphatic style by Wrathall whose victory was the first for himself, his small family-run Dynojet team and Toyota’s Avensis model. Taking second, third and fourth in a spectacular line-abreast, Honda formation finish were Neal, Shedden and Jordan.

For Shedden, being crowned BTCC Champion is a boyhood dream come true. The 33-year-old from Dalgety Bay commented: “All I ever wanted as a kid was to race touring cars – it was never about F1 – and it was John Cleland who was my hero when I used to go and catch a glimpse of the BTCC at my home track of Knockhill in Fife. I never thought I’d ever get the chance to race them, though, let alone win a race and now I’m the Champion. It is mind blowing… what a season, not just for myself but everyone at Honda. I’d also like to thank everyone who was cheering for me back home in Scotland today – including in the bar at Knockhill! I can’t wait to get home and celebrate with them.”
Shedden’s Worcestershire team-mate Neal, who has finished second in the standings, said: “Gordon has driven superbly all season, has amassed the most wins and massively deserves to be Champion. As a team we all pull together at Honda and the Civic has simply been the class of the field all year. A clean sweep of titles is the perfect result.” Oxford’s Plato, third in the final table, added: “I’m here to win so I’m obviously disappointed it’s not gone our way but, that said, the MG KX Momentum Racing team are still winners – we have far exceeded our expectations in MG’s first season back in the BTCC and will return much stronger for 2013.”

Meanwhile Lichfield’s Jordan was ecstatic. He beamed: “For Pirtek Racing to win both the Independent drivers’ and teams’ titles is terrific. We are growing all the time as a team of people and have had to beat rival teams and drivers of real quality.”

Similarly delighted were both Smith and Wrathall. Smith said: “Off the back of my first podium result at Silverstone two weeks ago, to now end my debut season in the BTCC with a first win is unbelievable.” And added Wrathall: “It’s a fantastic achievement for a small team like ours in only its second season at this level – we’d already had seconds and thirds and a pole position but a win means we’ve now ticked all the boxes.”
Elsewhere, race officials today punished one driver for an on-track indiscretion. Race 1: Andy Neate, official reprimand, fined £500 and three penalty points on his competition licence for an incident involving Frank Wrathall.

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Points leader Shedden qualifies behind chief rival Plato ahead of title-decider

Tom Onslow-Cole has achieved pole position in a sensationally close Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship qualifying session on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in Kent.
eBay Motors BMW driver Onslow-Cole had been at the top of the timesheets in the closing stages only for Andrew Jordan to go faster in his Pirtek Racing Honda Civic as the chequered flag fell.
But just seconds later, Onslow-Cole, on his final lap as well, flashed across the line with an even better time of 1m31.615s to reclaim top spot on the starting grid for the first of tomorrow’s title-deciding final three races of the season.
Significantly, Onslow-Cole very nearly didn’t take part in the session – earlier on his car’s throttle cable broke near the end of a fast lap. Luckily he was able, just, to coast back to the pit lane where his WSR crew rapidly fixed the problem.
New Malden’s Onslow-Cole commented: “I’ve got my team to thank so much. Firstly for the fix on the throttle cable which enabled me to get back out there. Then for the communication on that last lap – I didn’t realise how close it was with Jordan and all I could hear on my radio was my engineer screaming ‘keep pushing!’ Unbelievable…”
Lichfield’s Jordan, who is hunting a maiden Independent Drivers’ title, said: “I knew Tom was close behind me and that he was the big threat so even when I’d crossed the line I delayed any celebrating just in case. Still, at least I held pole for a brief moment and I’m still on the front row of the grid.”
Defending Champion Matt Neal was third in his Honda Yuasa Racing Team Civic ahead of Onslow-Cole’s team-mate Robert Collard who, on his final lap, bumped Jason Plato down to fifth position. Honda’s Gordon Shedden, who Plato is chasing for the outright drivers’ crown, was seventh behind Adam Morgan in his Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis.
Plato’s session, meanwhile, ended with a spin into the gravel trap at Paddock Hill Bend as he made one last effort to improve.
A sensational eighth on his debut was youngster Aaron Williamson in Team HARD.’s older S2000-spec Honda Civic.
Dalgety Bay’s Shedden, aiming to become the first Scottish driver to win the BTCC since John Cleland in 1995, said: “There was nothing left in the car – that was the most I could get from it with the extra success ballast on board. It makes it interesting for tomorrow, eh?”
Oxford’s Plato, sensing a third drivers’ title, added: “I’m slightly frustrated – I was two and half tenths of a second up on my best lap but ballsed it up at Clearways. At least I know the car is capable of going a bit quicker so it will be maximum attack tomorrow.”