Gordon Shedden admitted he was thrilled to return to winning ways after taking his second victory of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Oulton Park.
The Team Halfords driver took his first win of the year at Rockingham back in the second meeting of the campaign but has seen his season beset by bad luck that has left the Scot off the pace in the race for the title.
Shedden qualified in sixth place on the grid and held his position at the start, taking fifth when Darren Turner was forced wide by fellow Team Halfords man Tom Chilton on lap four. Having been forced wide by Colin Turkington while fighting for position, Shedden eventually finishing in seventh place – surviving an incident with Mike Jordan which saw the Team Eurotech driver go into the pit-wall to make it to the finish.
The Scot took eighth place in race two which resulted in a front row start for the final race thanks to the reverse grid draw and, after an early Safety Car period when Chilton and Steven Kane collided at Hislops, he battled past Andy Jordan to secure victory.
"It's an amazing result to get the win,” he said. “We had struggled a bit in the first two races but we worked hard to improve the car and it was amazing in the final race - it was a different animal. All credit to the guys at Team Halfords and to my engineer Eddie who came up with a masterplan for the third race which worked. I cannot describe how good it feels and for much of the day I thought it was going to be another one full of bad luck with things going wrong, so to finish on a win is awesome.
“It was getting to the stage where I wondered what I had to do to get a result. In race two, Colin and Mat Jackson were quick and on the start they get such an advantage with the rear wheel drive that I thought I might have my work cut out for me. However, I got a good start and made a good move on Andrew Jordan and I could pull away and control it from the front. The car was just awesome and to go away from here with a win ahead of my home round at Knockhill is a huge boost for the whole team.
“I would have liked the change in fortunes to have happened in round three, but it is nice to get the win and we need to be scoring big for the remainder of the year.”