Colin Turkington becomes the fifth winner in six races this season
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Colin Turkington has been declared the victor of Race 3 at Donington Park this evening after it was announced that Gordon Shedden’s car had failed the post race ride height tests. The BMW driver had finished over 5 seconds behind the reigning champion however this exclusion means the Northern Irishman took his first victory for WSR since returning to the team.
The top eight were reversed which meant that Dave Newsham inherited pole position with Matt Neal alongside the BTC Norlin driver with Shedden and Turkington behind. The race was red flagged on lap 1 though as drivers aquaplaned off the track all over the circuit, included the then leader Matt Neal who slid off up at McLanes.
This meant that Matt Neal was unable to restart the race as he had to result to mechanical assistance to get out of the gravel trap after he beached himself while getting pushed by the marshals.
The race was restarted once the weather had improved some 30 minutes later which saw Dave Newsham start on the front row on his own. As the lights went out the BTC Norlin driver remained in the lead however it was Turkington who made the best start from the second row as he moved up into second ahead of Shedden in third.
The safety car was deployed however as Mat Jackson found himself in the wall at the exit of Redgate while in a separate incident Jeff Smith and Aiden Moffat collided and spun out of control down the grass on the infield of the Craner Curves.
At the end of lap 1 this meant that the order was Newsham followed by Turkington, Josh Cook, who made his way past Shedden just before the yellow flags, who was himself in fourth, Ashley Sutton fifth with Collard, Ingram, Goff, Morgan and Chilton rounding out the top 10.
The safety was only out for two laps and ass the race restarted Shedden was on the move, quickly disposing of Cook off the restart before swiftly taking second away from Turkington. Two laps later and Shedden was in the lead, overtaking Newsham under braking at Redgate, and one he was in front he never looked back, quickly developing a lead over the chasing pack.
Behind the top three however Josh Cook was losing places as he dropped from third at the restart to ninth on lap eight as those behind him were more in tune with the wet weather conditions.
Later on lap eight Turkington was past Newsham and maintained the gap to the Chevrolet driver who slowly became under increasing pressure from Subaru’s Ashley Sutton. After a few laps of running close together Sutton made his move on lap 15 diving up the inside at Coppice.
However Newsham was not finished as he executed a fantastic move on the brakes into Redgate on the final lap which saw him briefly move up to third. Dreams of a potential podium place were short lived however as he was displaced at the final chicane by both Sutton and Morgan, who past the duo to take the then final podium place.
So as they crossed the line Shedden was the victor ahead of Turkington in second and Morgan in third. Behind the podium places saw Sutton and Newsham finish close behind with Ingram defending well for sixth followed by Goff, Cook, the recovering Moffat and Aron Taylor-Smith rounding out the top 10.
However as the drivers all came into the pit lane it started to become apparent that Shedden had indeed failed the ride height and after an appeal it was confirmed he was exluded from the Race 3 results, ensuring Turkington was the winner.