Knockhill local hero Gordon Shedden says that he will be giving his all for victory this weekend in the seventh round of the British Touring Car Championship at the Scottish circuit, but expects a tough battle to do so.
Shedden lies third in the championship and comes off the back of a third win of the 2013 season last time out at Snetterton, and expects the weekend in Fife to be just as exciting and unpredictable as he bids to wow the home fans.
The reigning champion says that the Honda Civic is as good as it has been all season, and, although he expects to be in the hunt for victory once again at a Knockhill circuit he has won at three times in the past, Shedden believes that the competition will be tight throughout the pack.
“It’s not so much traveling for me for once!” said Shedden. “The Civic’s handling is fantastic at the moment and it’s doing everything I want it to do. We’ll just go out there and give it 110 per cent, but the competition will be coming from all angles.
“Knockhill is probably the polar opposite to Snetterton in terms of the length of track and the undulations. It always provides spectacular racing and it’s great for the fans to see the cars bouncing over the kerbs and the drivers really having to work.”
Shedden enters his home round 22 points behind his championship-leading team-mate, Matt Neal, who also believes that the weekend will be a completely wide open affair as he bids to fend off his championship rivals.
Neal said: “Knockhill is a handling circuit, but it also has two long straights. I think both the MGs will be very fast, as well as the BMWs, and Flash is always very quick at Knockhill. Andy Jordan has also been fast everywhere this year and I don’t see why this weekend will be any different.”
Neal holds a nine-point lead over Andrew Jordan in the championship heading to Fife, and you can keep up with all the action from Knockhill with us on thecheckeredflag.co.uk, and follow live tweets during the races on our Twitter page @tcfBTCC.