A strong weekend for Gordon Shedden at Silverstone left the Honda Yuasa Racing driver in pole position for the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heading into the title decider at Brands Hatch GP circuit next month.
The Scot and team-mate Matt Neal both secured a trio of consistent results at Silverstone, Shedden’s results of third, fourth and fifth in Northampton extending his points lead to 23 with just three races at Brands Hatch remaining on 10/11 October.
Speaking to The Checkered Flag after extending his series lead, Shedden was left brimming, saying: “Definitely, they’re some really, really strong results.
“No wins today, but that’s some fantastic points nonetheless. Ok, we expected to be a little bit better than we had been in previous years, but it just shows what kind of a package we’ve got.
“We’ve got the car well dialed in and it was great to come here and race, unlike the last two years.”
The 2012 champion admitted that the improved performance of the Civic Type-R at Silverstone compared to last year’s Civic Tourer was a massive boost, the Dynamics squad having struggled in recent seasons at the shorter national circuit.
Instead, Shedden outscored nearest rival, Jason Plato, the Team BMR driver suffering a puncture in the opening race of the day which lost him vital ground in the title chase.
Shedden added: “I think everyone thought that Jason [Plato] would outscore us and for us it would be about minimising the damage, but it’s ended up a lot more favourable for us than that.
“I’m happy with what I’ve got in the car, so it’s going to be close with so many points still on offer. We know how much the championship can twist and turn, whether it be a puncture, a bad race or something and that lead has gone.”
With five drivers still mathematically in title contention and 67 points remaining, Shedden kept his cards close to his chest with three races remaining and a second BTCC title within his grasp.
The Honda driver concluded that luck will play its cards also, saying: “I’m under no illusions and all I can do is the best job that I can.
“You need the luck and the cards to fall your way; that’s the one thing that you can’t control. You can plan with the car and team and set-up, but somewhere along the line you need a little bit of luck.”
Championship Standings After Round 9/10:
|1)||Gordon Shedden||Honda Yuasa Racing (Honda Civic)||325||4|
|2)||Jason Plato||Team BMR (Volkswagen CC)||302||5|
|3)||Colin Turkington||Team BMR (Volkswagen CC)||293||4|
|4)||Matt Neal||Honda Yuasa Racing (Honda Civic)||288||3|
|5)||Andrew Jordan||Triple Eight (MG6 GT)||261||-|
|6)||Sam Tordoff||West Surrey Racing (BMW 125i)||256||2|
|7)||Andy Priaulx||West Surrey Racing (BMW 125i)||226||2|
|8)||Adam Morgan||Ciceley Racing (Mercedes A-Class)||226||1|
|9)||Jack Goff||Triple Eight (MG6 GT)||207||1|
|10)||Rob Collard||West Surrey Racing (BMW 125i)||205||3|