Gordon Shedden hopes for a change in fortune at the next Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting at Croft circuit, after a race three puncture ultimately ruined his weekend at Oulton Park.
After finishing fourth in the opening pair of races at the Cheshire circuit on Sunday, the Halfords Yuasa Racing man looked set to complete a one-two finish for the Honda Civic Type-R duo behind team-mate, Matt Neal.
Fate intervened in the final three laps however to deny the reigning champion a podium finish as a puncture dropped him out of contention, handing West Surrey Racing a Manufacturers’ Championship lead of 23 points.
“It is what is”, a disappointed Shedden bemoaned when speaking to The Checkered Flag. “We cant buy any luck, but it will change – swings and roundabouts.
“It’s disappointing because it’s more points thrown away, but I guess everybody has had their own tales of woe this season.”
On the cause of the issue itself, Shedden said: “It should have been alright. Whether we’ve hit something or debris, I’m not sure. We were quite close to Josh Cook early on at the inside at Druids, but once we got going it seemed good.”
Every cloud taken into consideration, the Scot extracted positives ahead of the visit to Croft on 18/19 from his own pace during the fourth meeting of the season.
“I’m still fourth in the championship; I’ve actually gone a place higher quite randomly! We should have been a lot closer though.
“The car was good, especially with the weight”, he said. “Once you got going it was good. We’ve got to find a bit more I think, then we’ll keep pushing.”
Echoing the thoughts of many, Shedden expects BMW to be the talking point at Croft. The Honda man heads to North Yorkshire 27 points adrift of WSR’s Sam Tordoff, but is not counting out the chance to cause an upset.
“It’s BMW territory”, he said. “They won all three races last year, they looked strong, so we need to find some more. We’ll take advantage when we can though, but you still have to look towards the end of the season.”
A factor that Shedden feels was not on the side of the Dynamics squad at Oulton Park was straight-line performance.
“We’re towards the bottom of the speed traps at the minute”, he added. “We need to try and find a bit more magic because, after the second race, we were around five miles an hour slower. When it’s as tight as it is, competitive it is and as good as the teams and drivers are, you don’t want to be that far off.”