Shedden leads the way from Matt Neal

GORDON Shedden has overtaken Honda Yuasa Racing team-mate Matt Neal in the race for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

Shedden won two of the three races at a rain-lashed Rockingham and holds a three-point lead heading to the penultimate round at Silverstone next month.

Jason Plato won the other race to leave him 29 points adrift of defending champion Neal in third place with a maximum of 134 still available from the season’s final six races.

Neal, driving with a broken hand, was sixth in the first race in Northamptonshire and runner-up in the second and third.

He said: “Gordon was unstoppable in those conditions but a pair of seconds and a sixth are probably better than I thought was possible.

“We’re expecting Silverstone to be tough but this really helps thinking ahead to Brands Hatch.”

Shedden, who has now won eight times in 2012, said: “I’m delighted.

“It seems ages since we won a race so to score a pair of one-twos is just great for everyone in our team.”

Neal received a verbal warning following a collision in the first race with Pershore Trading Estate rival Rob Austin.

Austin ended up ninth in his Audi A4 before placing 16th and 10th in the next two.

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