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Reigning BTCC champ Shedden ready to get stuck in at Snetterton

Monday, July 25 2016

Reigning Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Gordon Shedden is aiming to get the defence of his title back on track when the series resumes at Snetterton this weekend (30/31 July).

The Scotsman has suffered from ill fortune in the opening half of the season, including two punctures whilst contending for podium positions. This has left Honda's double champion ninth in the standings, 52 points adrift of the title lead.

"Yeah, it's a bit frustrating at the minute - everything, to be fair," Shedden rued. "But hopefully we can come up with a bit of a battle plan for the second half of the year."

The plan included plenty of hard work at the recent Snetterton test, where both Gordon and team-mate Matt Neal were looking for more pace in the Civic Type R after struggling at Croft. The reigning champion feels that having so many teams in the title hunt has amplified Honda's recent woes.

"Don't get me wrong, people are doing a good job, but the cards are just stacked against us at the minute," Gordon said.

The list of rivals is growing, with Subaru now added to the mix. "That car's always going to be quick when you look at the layout of it and where the engine is," Gordon added. "They've got their boost increase after Thruxton, and all of a sudden they're on the pace. To be fair they're doing a good job, we can't change what everyone else is doing, we've just got to try and sort it out ourselves really.

"The biggest positive for me is that I'm going into the weekend with the least ballast I've had in the car for a long time - so I really have to make that count in qualifying and race one."

A good result to kick off the Snetterton weekend would be the perfect tonic for Gordon, who knows how quickly fortune can turn around, having recovered from a disastrous weekend in Norfolk last year.

"In some respects, the start of the second half of the season is almost like beginning afresh and I'm definitely ready to get stuck in again," he said.

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