Notice: Trying to access array offset on value of type bool in /home/thecheck/public_html/wp-content/themes/inhype/content-single.php on line 24
BTCC

Title Contending Teammates: “We Want To Win For Honda”

2 Mins read
Matt Neal, Gordon Shedden, Honda Racing Team (Photo Credit: Honda)

Matt Neal, Gordon Shedden, Honda Racing Team (Photo Credit: Honda)

Points leader Gordon Shedden is expecting tough competition from the most familiar of rivals – teammate Matt Neal – this weekend at Rockingham as the British Touring Car Championship enters its final three rounds.

Shedden will start the weekend running with maximum ballast by virtue of leading the championship after his home round at Knockhill. Not only will he have to carry the extra weight through at least qualifying and the opening race but the latest round of performance balancing has added 20kg to the minimum weight of all the turbocharged cars as well decreasing the maximum boost pressure by an extra 0.05 bar.

“Carrying the weight is a pain, but it means you are doing well in the points so that has to be a good thing,” says Shedden, before the latest regulation changes were announced publically. “Qualifying is going to be vital for us at Rockingham, and lugging that extra weight around is going to make things tough.”

“There are three heavy acceleration zones and that is where it is going to hurt us but we know we have a great car in the Civic and the chassis is excellent so hopefully that will help us overcome any handicap. In a sense, Rockingham is one of the worst tracks to come to if you have to carry 45 kilograms but it is the price you have to pay for wins.”

After Mat Jackson's horror weekend at Knockhill the two Honda Racing Team drivers have moved into the top positions in the points, and while both drivers are intent on claiming the title – it would be Neal's third, but Shedden's first title.

The two Civic drivers have already clashed on track once this season, at Oulton Park, an incident that cost the squad a 1-2 finish. Still Shedden predicts a “tough fight“, despite the need to win for the team, Neal, however, is still mindful of the chasing pack lurking behind.

“Myself and Flash will obviously be looking after each other and we are both determined to win the title but we still need to be looking over our shoulders too,” said Neal. “There are so many people still in with a shout of winning this championship that we can't take our eye off the ball. This weekend will be a crucial one.”

Following this weekend at Rockingham the BTCC races at Brands Hatch on October 1-2 before 'Finals Day' at Silverstone on October 15-16.

Related posts
BTCC

Neate, Ingram and Turkington handed penalties after Thruxton opener

1 Mins read
Andy Neate, Tom Ingram and Colin Turkington have all been handed penalties after the opening weekend of BTCC action at Thruxton.
BTCC

Defending champion Sutton victorious in lively Race Three at Thruxton

4 Mins read
Defending champion Ash Sutton ended the opening weekend of BTCC action at Thruxton with a victory in a lively race three ahead of Jason Plato and Jake Hill.
BTCC

Cook claims back-to-back wins at Thruxton in BTC Racing one-two with Cammish

4 Mins read
Josh Cook has claimed back-to-back wins on the opening weekend of the 2021 BTCC season at Thruxton in a one-two for BTC Racing with Dan Cammish.

Leave a Reply