BTCC Brands Hatch – Oliphant takes 2nd career win after valiant Shedden chase

Tom Oliphant took his second career win in round seven at Brands Hatch in the British Touring Car Championship.

He fended off a ruthless Gordon Shedden chase in his Honda Civic with pole sitter Dan Rowbottom recovering from a poor start to finish third.

The Team Dynamics driver took his first pole position yesterday, but had a poor start off the line and was engulfed by cars passing him. Oliphant took the lead and it was a lead he never surrendered.

Aiden Moffat had a good start and flew up to second, with Tom Ingram third but his lap wasn’t without drama as he got sideways coming out of Clearways but recovered without losing too much time.

Oliphant started pulling away from the chasing pack, with Shedden moving up to second and his hunt of Oliphant began. Behind them Ash Sutton had a great exit out of Paddock Hill bend to almost overtake Shedden and Moffat who were fighting for second.

By lap eight Oliphant had a 3.5 second lead over Shedden but the Scotsman set the fastest lap as he was attacking to chase down the leader.

Rowbottom made his way back up to third with Moffat and Jake Hill fightinf for fourth place.

While Oliphant was leading, his team mates were less fortunate, Stephen Jelley was given a five second penalty for a false start, dropping him to 15th at the checkered flag. Colin Turkington started 14th and had a spin on lap 15, dropping him down to 21st by the end of the race.

Shedden was really pushing to catch Oliphant, shaving plenty of time off his lead and was only 1.3 seconds behind by lap 19.

RIck Parfitt and Nicholas Hamilton had a collision at Druids on lap 22 and this put Parfitt into the crosshairs of the leading duo. On the final lap Oliphant was almost held up by Parfitt but it didn’t factor in as Shedden’s valiant chase came up just short, finishing two tenths behind him.

An impressive win for Oliphant with Shedden and Rowbottom taking a double podium for Team Dynamics.

Hill, Sutton and Ingram were next with Chris Smiley, Moffat, Josh Cook and Jack Goff rounded off the top ten once Jelley’s penalty was applied.

Pos Driver Car Team Gap
1 Tom Oliphant BMW 330i M Sport Team  WSR 19:50:305
2 Gordon Shedden Honda Civic Type R Team Dynamics +0.188
3 Dan Rowbottom Honda Civic Type R Team Dynamics +4.603
4 Jake Hill Ford Focus MB Motorsport +9.811
5 Ash Sutton Infiniti Q50 Laser Tools +10.007
6 Tom Ingram Hyundai i30N Excelr8 +11.289
7 Chris Smiley Hyundai i30N Excelr8 +11.633
8 Aiden Moffat Infiniti Q50 Laser Tools +11.938
9 Josh Cook Honda Civic Type R BTC Racing +15.398
10 Jack Goff Cupra Leon Team HARD +15.720
11 Dan Lloyd Vuaxhall Astra Power Maxed +15.982
12 Senna Proctor Honda Civic Type R BTC Racing +16.339
13 Jason Plato Vauxhall Astra Power Maxed +17.510
14 Stephen Jelley BMW 330i M Sport Team WSR +18.771*
15 Rory Butcher Toyota Corolla Toyota Gazoo +19.025
16 Carl Boardley Infiniti Q50 Laser Tools +19.257
17 Adam Morgan BMW 330i M Sport Ciceley +22.713
18 Aron Taylor-Smith Cupra Leon Team HARD +23.051
19 Tom Chilton BMW 330i M Sport Ciceley +23.443
20 Colin Turkington BMW 330i M Sport Team WSR +24.816
21 Sam Osborne Ford Focus Motorbase +24.883**
22 Jade Edwards Honda Civic Type R BTC Racing +25.081
23 Ollie Jackson Ford Focus MB Motorsport +27.159
24 Sam Smelt Toyota Corolla Toyota Gazoo +28.500
25 Jack Buutel Hyundai i30N Excelr8 +28.720
26 Andy Neate Ford Focus Motorbase +33.172
27 Glyn Geddie Cupra Leon Team HARD +36.402
28 Nicholas Hamilton Cupra Leon Team HARD +37.808
29 Rick Parfitt Jr Hyundai i30N Excelr8 +1 Lap

* – Stephen Jelley received a five second penalty for a false start.

**-Sam Osborne received a 6.2 second penalty for gaining an advantage

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