Gordon Shedden has vowed to bounce back from a tough weekend at Snetterton when the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads for his home circuit of Knockhill.
The Honda driver was at the centre of drama both on and off track over the course of the weekend but retained second in the championship standings – even if he should have on top of the pile heading to Scotland…
Shedden's problems started on Saturday morning when his car caught fire during the opening practice session of the weekend, with only the quick work of marshals and mechanics – both from his own team and elsewhere – preventing the situation from becoming more serious than it was.
Stunning work from the team repaired the car for qualifying only for an electrical glitch to leave him unable to set a time and at the back of the field for race one.
Coming through the field to seventh, Shedden then took second in race two and looked set to lead the standings when he then followed it up with third in race three.
However, exclusion from the race for an overboost issue meant he dropped back behind team-mate Matt Neal
in the standings
“I've clearly done something to someone, what with the fire and then the exclusion,” he said. “Without that I'd have been leading the table and it was also very cruel on the team who'd performed miracles to give me a race-ready car today after the fire. Knockhill is, of course, next and I'm determined to fight back for the fans there. I won't be short on adrenaline…”
Team-mate Neal also endured a mixed day which included clashes with arch-rival Jason Plato
in race two, and the Toyota of Frank Wrathall in the final race of the weekend.
“We knew we were on the back foot after qualifying and so it proved to be,” he said. “It's been a case of damage limitation today and the spin in race three after contact from Wrathall did me no favours. Knockhill, which has shorter straights, is next so should be better for us but it's clear we have a lot of work to do.”