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Gordon Shedden: “it’ll be wide open at Snetterton”

Thursday, July 31 2014

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship title challenger Gordon Shedden is ready to resume the fight for the 2014 crown at Snetterton this weekend (2/3 August).

Gordon's title assault in the brand new Civic Tourer has been built on consistency, which has come as a pleasant surprise to the Scotsman: "It's been pretty good," he said. "The performance of the Civic Tourer has probably been better than a lot of people thought it was going to be, not only from within our team but from up and down the paddock. I don't think everyone expected us to come out of the blocks as quickly as we did with that new a car.

"It's been very consistent, that's been the big plus. We've won with the car, we've been on the podium at every single circuit so far, and I've scored points in every race. That's a massive benefit when it's so competitive this year."

Gordon's results, including two race wins, have placed him far ahead of triple champion Matt Neal, who has pledged to support his team mate's title bid. Gordon isn't expecting any favours, however: "It's not a question of number ones and number twos, we've just got to do the best job we possibly can. Matt's had a real rough couple of events, and everything's just gone the wrong way for him, but when you look at it we're both still doing pretty much exactly the same job, it's just that the cards haven't fallen his way at the last two events.

"I'll keep on doing the same thing, after all the bad luck could strike me in the same way in the second half of the year and others as well, so Matt could easily fall back in title contention. But he's probably the best wingman you could hope to have when it boils down to that."

Gordon thinks that the team will have the chance to score big points at Snetterton: "I think we go there with our tails high. We've got a lot of ballast onboard for qualifying and certainly last year that seemed to play a big part, but I had a win there last year and hopefully there will be more of the same again."

Gordon expects a big fight for the title in the season's second half: "I still think that it'll be wide open. Matt's had a run of bad luck, which could strike for me and Colin as well. Andy Jordan's still there or thereabouts, there's Jason Plato and Rob Collard's coming back in the mix. You just never know in this championship, there are 15 races to go where anything can happen."

This weekend will see the first three of the final 15 races, and Gordon is ready to get stuck in: "Snetterton provides a good challenge for the engineers to get the car working on the slow stuff and the quick stuff, and I have happy memories of racing there, so if it can be kind to me again that will be fantastic. There is always a massive crowd at Snetterton, and it has a good atmosphere."

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton are available on the gate for £14 on Saturday and £32 on Sunday, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.