Gordon Shedden says he feared his shot at a second BTCC title was effectively over after leaving round six at Snetterton having picked up just three points from three races, but outstanding results at Knockhill and Rockingham propelled the Scot into a six-point championship lead heading into the penultimate round at Silverstone.

The Honda Yuasa Racing driver has consistently fought at the sharp end since Snetterton, notching two race wins and one second place, to overhaul Jason Plato at the top of the BTCC standings.

Shedden has reflected on his recovery from the Norfolk circuit as the catalyst to his success and has set himself the goal of leaving Silverstone still leading the championship into the season finale at Brands Hatch next month.

"It's been a bit of a turnaround since Snetterton last month, when we really looked to be up against it," Shedden said. "We've worked hard, got our heads down and here we are now leading the championship again.

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"The aim has to be to leave still at the top of the drivers' standings, hopefully having extended our advantage. The battle has ebbed and flowed all season, and one thing is for sure, it's going right the way down to the wire."

The 2012 BTCC champion hopes the extra power from his Honda engine produced within the revised regulations will help him take the fight to the likes of the BMW and VW drivers at the high-speed Silverstone National circuit, but admits it will be a tricky weekend with a full 75kg of ballast to contest with.

"Silverstone hasn't traditionally been our happiest hunting-ground, but we have a bit more power from the engine than before so hopefully we can have a more competitive weekend," he said. "It will be pretty tricky for me in qualifying and race one with 75kg of ballast on-board, but I can promise we'll be giving it our absolute best shot."