Honda's Gordon Shedden has closed to within 11-points of current British Touring Car Championship leader Jason Plato after reaching the top-step of the podium at Knockhill for the first time since Thruxton back in May.

The Team Dynamics racer took a commanding victory in front of a partisan home crowd during race two, adding to a fifth place finish in race one before completing his weekend with eighth in a dramatic final encounter.

"It's been brilliant. The atmosphere has been really special today and everyone has been so enthusiastic. The place has been buzzing; it's been like a festival! And that's amazing to see," Shedden told

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"The car [in race two] was great. Sometimes it happens like that. With a little bit of weight out and the turnaround of ballast with other cars certainly helped but the car was really on it."

Prior to Knockhill, Shedden slipped to third in the drivers' standings [32 points behind Team BMR's Plato] following a disastrous trio of the races at Snetterton but has now moved to second ahead of Volkswagen's Colin Turkington.

Commenting on race three, Shedden said he was particularly pleased to pick up a couple of positions, considering the amount of ballast that was placed upon his Honda Civic Type-R - while some of his rivals fell by the wayside.

"Yeah I'm pretty happy with that. To make up two places with 75 kilos of ballast is good. I just got a little bit stuck in the early part of the race so I couldn't use the pace of the car," Shedden continued.

"To have that ballast and score those points when others around me in the championship didn't score so well, that was really important.

"It was and it's easy to pick up damage. Sometimes the door is open for you and sometimes it isn't and it was a difficult one for me. Having said that, I finished with only one car between Jason [Plato] and myself. I'm sure if had of got to his back bumper he'd have been defending like his life depended on it."