Reigning Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Gordon Shedden intends to “get his elbows out” to defend his pole position in tomorrow’s action from Snetterton.
The Halfords Yuasa Racing man comfortably inherited a new lap record around the 300 circuit in Norfolk during the 30-minute qualifying session, a first pole since Donington 2013 for the double BTCC champion.
Shedden was left brimming at the 1m55.627s lap, but admitted that the Honda squad will face a tough battle on Sunday.
“That was a cracking lap”, Shedden told The Checkered Flag after sealing pole position. “We should be there, but the way it’s been today has been a bit up and down.
“That’s the quickest we’ve been around this track though by a long, long way. I think we’ll need to find a bit more for tomorrow though.”
The Scot’s Saturday morning was blighted briefly by an engine change, making his subsequent qualifying effort even more satisfying.
He added: “There’s been so many dramas this morning that we haven’t really had the time to tweak the car that much. It’s kind of as it was. We’ve taken a bit of a stab in the dark but, to be fair, the car was really good.”
With Colin Turkington‘s rear-wheel drive Subaru Levorg GT starting alongside the Honda Civic on the front row, Shedden says that he is prepared for a no-holds-barred battle for the lead in the early stages of round 16.
“We’re 4.5mph slower still. [Subaru] have got the RWD advantage too; we’ve got some things still not quite going for us yet. There’s a lot of things that haven’t gone my way this season – I could have had two podiums at Thruxton for example.
“I’ll just have to get my elbows out tomorrow. It will be a stern defence, that’s for sure!