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13 June 2021

Brand Hatch (Indy) - A weekend of mixed fortunes for Halfords Racing with Cataclean

A 1-2 in qualifying set the tone for the weekend with Daniel Rowbottom claiming his first career pole in the British Touring Car Championship and his teammate Gordon Shedden just 5000ths of a second behind him!

Race one saw the Team Dynamics cars overtaken by the faster starting rear wheel drive cars at the start, but once both drivers got into a rhythm, they started to make their way forward and after some amazing overtakes they were sitting in P2& P3 and hunting down the leader.  At the finish Flash was a mere 100th of a second off the tail of Oliphant.

Race 2 saw both drivers get involved in incidents with other drivers and eventually ending up with Gordon in the gravel and Dan being demoted down the order.  Again, both fought their way back through a highly competitive pack to finish 4th  for Dan and 21st for Gordon.

The reverse grid for Race 3 saw Dan start in 9th position and Flash in 21st.  With such a short lap and the whole gird covered by just over a second, it was always going to be a challenging race. Gordon valiantly fought his way back up to 16th whilst Dan again had contact early on which demoted him, eventually binging the car home in 11th place.

Dan Rowbottom commented - “I was over the moon on Saturday night with my first pole, it means so much to me and my sponsors Cataclean.  I must admit I was a little bit nervous going to the grid in race one and didn’t make the best of starts, but I knew I had the car under me and gradually started moving up through the pack to finish on the podium.   Race 2 I think I was a little too eager to get past Oliphant early on and that cost me places, but I was happy with fourth in the end. We now have our summer break, so I’m going to take that time out with the family, regroup and then full focus will be on Oulton Park ”.

Gordon Shedden concluded – “The weekend started so well for us but contact early on in race 2 forced me into the gravel and then your day is pretty much done, especially round this tight and twisty oval.  The car felt awesome this weekend again, so I am really frustrated to be going away from here with just the one podium!  In Race one I think one more lap and I could have overtaken Oliphant for the top step, but that’s racing!  Onwards and upwards now to Oulton Park in a few weeks’ time, I’ve got a chance to rest and recover now, recharge the batteries and be ready to fight come the next round ”.

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