Three Races and Three Different Winners – All in Cobra Seats
BTCC – ROCKINGHAM
Cobra’s marine seats may have been more appropriate than the class leading 129 as rain flooded the Rockingham circuit during practice for the latest round of the BTCC championship – but the atrocious conditions didn’t deter Gordon Shedden who took the 11th pole of this BTCC career.
Flash’s sure footedness continued on the now dry track on Sunday in race 1: Gordon led from grid to flag – taking advantage of a brief safety car period on lap one to execute a perfect restart which provided the platform for him to ease away from the chasing pack.
Hunkered down in his Cobra 129, Sam Tordoff put in an equally impressive performance in Race 2. From 10th on the grid, Sam was in third place by half distance and took the lead on lap nine and never looked like losing it gain.
Tordoff was followed by teammate Rob Collard whose BMW 1 series took third. Ashley Sutton’s Triple Eight MG achieved yet another top five finish, while Matt Neal’s steady sixth position ensured that he kept his championship hopes alive.
It was yet another driver using Cobra seats who shone in Race 3 ; having achieved a creditable seventh in race two Aron Smith guided his Bubble Kick Racing VWCC to a memorable victory – making him the seventh different driver using a Cobra 129 to win a BTCC race this season.
It was certainly a race that Aron isn’t likely to forget: not only were there three safety car periods but he also had firstly Matt Neal and then Gordon Shedden filling both his mirrors for virtually the entire race.
Shedden’s drive was equally impressive, while Matt Neal eventually finished fourth, with Rob Collard finishing sixth and Jake Hill taking an impressive eighth.
Rockingham leaves Sam Tordoff still topping the standing – but by a reduced margin – from Team Dynamics Honda’s of Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden respectively.