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Title hungry Shedden determined not to drop points at Brands

Monday, March 26 2012

After falling short of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship title last year Gordon Shedden is even hungrier to achieve his dream in 2012, and admits he cannot afford to drop points at the Brands Hatch season opener on 31 March -1 April.           

The likeable Scot came agonisingly close to securing his maiden BTCC title last year after a nail biting battle with team mate Matt Neal, which has only increased his appetite for success this year. Back for another season with Honda Racing, in the brand new unproven Civic NGTC car, Shedden insists he must hit the ground running at the 1.2 mile Kent circuit to be in the hunt for the title.  

He said: "If we fail to finish early doors then we are going to lose a lot of points to drivers gunning for the title. You always want to be leading the championship and being the hunter than the hunted. I think the competition will come hard and fast from up and down the pit-lane. Podiums are what we are after at Brands Hatch as we have got to get the championship up and running with a good solid start. We will be doing everything possible to get some points in the bag.

"Missing out on the title make you hungrier, obviously I fell slightly short in terms of the championship last year and it wasn't for the want of trying. It will be interesting to see how it all stacks up again this year, with the mixture of old cars, and new cars and hopefully I will be in with a shout come the end of the season."

Developing a brand new car over the winter has provided a new challenge for his Honda team and teething problems have cropped up during testing. Despite the issues, the 33-year-old is confident his car will turn into a title contender, but is unsure where his biggest challenge will come from at Brands Hatch.       

He said: "We have still got a lot of work to do before the season starts. There are a lot of positive things with this new car, but it's very early days with this new Honda and we have a lot of things to cover in this car.

"We don't know where everyone is until we get to Brands Hatch. There is a lot talk about boosts and all sorts of things, so we are just doing what we can to make sure our car is as competitive as possible. It's certainly going to be an interesting season."    

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch on 31 March - 1 April are available in advance from £25, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information, call 0843 453 9000 or click here.