Honda Yuasa Racing driver Gordon Shedden will take a four-place grid penalty in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship’s 22nd round from Rockingham.
The Honda Civic Type-R driver was due to start third on the grid, but was later handed a four-place grid penalty after the 30-minute qualifying session for a pit lane infringement.
Championship regulations say cars must join the track in pitbay order, which Shedden did not do at the resumption of the session. As a result, the Scot will now start seventh on the grid, promoting Jack Goff to third spot ahead of Tom Ingram, Jason Plato and Matt Neal.
The Honda driver had improved from 11th to third place in the last five-minute dash after a red flag interruption, a result he admitted prior to the penalty was crucial.
Speaking to The Checkered Flag, Shedden said: “It was timely as well and was the difference really of starting from here or from 11th that’s a massive result.
“I’m dead chuffed with that and at this time in the season, it could turn out to turn out to be the most crucial five minutes of the year!
“I did the best that I could and there is a bit more in it. Beggars can’t be choosers.”