Gordon Shedden says he is hopeful that his luck will change as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to Brands Hatch for the third round of the year.
Shedden lost a possible win at Thruxton due to a puncture and was then forced out of the final race of the weekend at Rockingham following contact with Rob Collard's BMW – having lost out on points in race two after being hit by a rival on track.
With the Honda Civic having taken its first wins of the year thanks to Matt Neal at Rockingham, Shedden said he was confident for the weekend ahead as he seeks to make his first visit of the year to the top of the podium.
“So far this season I have lost a win with a tyre problem at Thruxton and I had a hoard of BMWs trying to re-model Civic at Rockingham by ramming into me,” he said. “I am desperate to turn the speed into good results. Things are looking up for Brands Hatch though: I love the undulation and the speed of the circuit, both of which play perfectly to the Honda's strengths, so we are aiming for major success at the weekend.”
Team-mate Neal meanwhile said he was ready for the challenge of the Brands Hatch GP circuit, although he will face the challenge of carrying extra ballast on his car during the weekend.
“We have already proved this season that our Honda Civic loves the fast corners and there are plenty of those at Brands Hatch,” he said. “The trouble is, there are so many quick cars in the field this season that you can't take anything for granted, and this time I'll be carrying 36 kilos of success ballast. I love the circuit though: it requires real commitment and bravery to get a quick time there and I am ready for the challenge.”