Gordon Shedden was overwhelmed by the reception he received on the podium after securing victory in the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Knockhill.
The Honda Yuasa Racing driver took the lead from Mat Jackson‘s Ford Focus early in the race at Clark curve, surviving a safety car interruption for his third win of the 2015 season.
The home victory was his first at the circuit in BTCC since 2011, greeted by a roaring Scottish welcome on the podium afterwards.
“The car felt absolutely fantastic. Sometimes you just get that feeling in the car”, Shedden told The Checkered Flag among a crowd of delighted local fans.
“It’s absolutely nuts! There’s so many people here, flags flying and all the way around the circuit there isn’t a gap – it’s awesome.”
The move on lap five to take the lead was a clean one, Shedden saying it had to be decisive.
“It had to be clean – I didn’t want to cause myself any damage. It came clean after the first couple of laps, but obviously the turn around in weight gave me a bit of and advantage this time over the Focus.
“I thought ‘I could have done without that’ to be honest; I thought it looked safe enough not to happen, but it was good.
“Even after the safety car when you think the BMWs are going to come back into play, we just had the pace to go again. It shows you what a difference a turn around in weight does too.
“Mat was pretty defensive and kept the rear-wheel drive cars at bay for a little bit and that allowed me to extend the lead after the safety car.”
Now just nine points behind Jason Plato in the championship, Shedden remained coy ahead of the final race of the day, adding: “We’ve got to go and do it all again in race three. We’ll have to make the most of it.