Gordon Shedden praised new champion Andrew Jordan after relinquishing his British Touring Car Championship title to the Pirtek Racing driver in an enthralling Brands Hatch season finale.
Honda Yuasa Racing‘s Shedden was left to reminisce about an inconsistent start to the season, a tough opening event at the same Kent venue in March and a tangle with Jason Plato at Thruxton leaving the Scot on the initial back foot in the championship table.
Although ending the season strongly with his fifth win of the year after a fierce fight with Team HARD‘s Jack Goff, Shedden came just seven points shy of defending his title, something he felt was already out of reach having entered Brands Hatch 35 points behind his Eurotech Honda rival.
“It is what it is, 35 points was far too many points behind at the start of the weekend”, Shedden told TheCheckeredFlag.co.uk afterwards.
“In the end, I’ve had five non-finishes – that’s far too many, and that’s the bottom line I guess.
“I’ve only finished seven points behind, and those non-finishes have been the difference unfortunately for me.”
Despite handing over his BTCC crown this weekend, the Scot was gracious in defeat as he spoke of the man who takes over that mantle.
“Andy’s done well; we’ve asked all the questions this weekend about him and he’s come through and scored a great championship victory, and I know exactly what it felt like last year.”