Gordon Shedden was satisfied to leave Oulton Park just three points adrift of Jason Plato in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship standings, after a consistent weekend for the Honda Yuasa Racing squad.
The 2012 BTCC champion converted fifth position on the grid into sixth on the softer tyre compound in race one, before adding finishes of second and fourth to his name by the end of the day as Honda moved 28 points clear of Triple Eight and MG in the Manufacturers’ Championship.
Content with his haul of championship points in Cheshire, Shedden said: “It was a solid weekend.
“It’s fair to say we outperformed our expectations in qualifying given the ballast we were carrying, and with the soft tyres in race one, I had to drive fairly defensively – although this is always a difficult circuit to overtake around.”
The opportunity for a third win of the season came Shedden’s way in the second encounter of the day, taking the fight to the maximum ballast-laden Plato at the head of the field.
Offering a slight nudge into the BMR Racing Volkswagen’s rear bumper at the Island hairpin on several occasions, the Scot shadowed Plato’s every move and came narrowly shy of victory by just 0.093s – ironically the second smallest margin of success in 2015 behind Shedden’s race two win at the Brands Hatch season opener.
On the battle with his main championship rival, Shedden added: “Race two was pretty uneventful, and Jason knows what he is doing round here – as long as you place your car in the right part of the track, it’s nigh-on impossible for the driver behind to get past.
“He would have had to make a mistake for me to gain the position, so I just tried to put him under as much pressure as possible.”
A fourth place finish in the final race of the day cemented his solid points haul, leaving the Honda man just three adrift of championship leader Plato as the series next heads to Croft circuit on 27/28 June.
Shedden concluded: “We didn’t get the balance of the car exactly how I wanted it this weekend, but it’s important to put points on the board in situations like this – they could prove very valuable come season’s end.”