2nd – Gordon Shedden
Average score out of ten: 7.1
Honda Civic Tourer
3rd out of 32
The 2014 season marked the sixth occasion where Gordon Shedden finished within the top three of the final BTCC standings – an enviable record for any competitor – but a second career title once again evaded the Scotsman's grasp.
Sticking with familiar Team Dynamics surroundings for 2014, Shedden was nonetheless at the behest of Honda's surprise decision to debut the radical Civic 'Estate' Tourer in place of the successful hatchback model in an effort to regain the crown it lost to the satellite Pirtek team… not to mention pull off a marketing masterstroke in one swoop.
As Matt Neal seemingly struggled to extract the ultimate performance from the Tourer, Shedden – during the first half of the campaign – excelled in taking the fight to eventual champion Colin Turkington.
While Shedden couldn't realistically match WSR's Turkington on pace, the 35-year old Scot displayed an impressive level of consistency throughout the majority of 2014, as demonstrated by his run of top seven finishes that took him all the way to the seventh race weekend of the year at Knockhill.
The 2012 champion's highlight of the season came at Donington Park when, following a scintillating charge on the soft tyre, Shedden dramatically denied Turkington the race three win at very last corner of the race. Shedden's heroics also meant it was a historic first ever victory for an Estate car in the BTCC.
Unfortunately for Shedden, only two more wins would follow – at Thruxton and the Brands Hatch finale -, but the Scot had already fallen behind MG's Jason Plato as the number two contender. Nonetheless, he does get the kudos of finishing second overall here and is likely to remain with the team for next season ahead of a probable return back to the hatchback.
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BTCC Driver of the Year poll results so far
3. Mat Jackson
4. Jason Plato
5. Adam Morgan
6. Aron Smith
7. Andrew Jordan
8. Rob Collard
9. Rob Austin
10. Sam Tordoff
About the vote:
Rather than repeat the Drivers' BTCC standings, the BTCC Driver of the Year poll asks viewers to take into account factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, driving style, experience, injuries, progress and personality just as much as race results.
Thousands of votes were cast for the 2014 Crash.net
BTCC Driver of the Year poll, where viewers awarded each of this year's top twenty classification a mark out of ten.