BTCC Driver of the Year: 1st
1st – Gordon Shedden
Average poll score out of ten: 8.349
Honda Yuasa Racing Team
Honda Civic Type R
It will come as no surprise that you – the readership of Crash.net – has voted Gordon Shedden as our British Touring Car Championship star of 2015.
Three years since his first championship success in the series back in 2012, Honda's Shedden finally scaled his way back to the top of the BTCC pile after producing a near-faultless 2015 campaign – defeating his nearest rival Jason Plato in Hollywood fashion.
By Team Dynamics' standards, 2014 failed to meet the standards set by the multi-championship winning squad. Their decision to run the first 'estate' car in the series since Volvo's 850 entry back in the mid-nineties certainly captured everyone's imagination but the results came few and far between.
This time, equipped with the brand new Honda Civic Type-R, Shedden made an immediate statement of intent despite the new Type-R's late launch resulting in a hurried pre-season testing programme.
Shedden took the Type-R's first victory during only the challenger's second attempt at the Brands Hatch opener before repeating his success at Thruxton just two rounds later. Featuring near the top of points' standings, however, meant the task of qualifying became that much harder with the increase of this season's success ballast to 75 kilos for the leader.
Despite that restriction, Shedden worked wonders on Saturday afternoons and only failed to qualify outside of the top-ten on three occasions. Although his win-rate wasn't quite as impressive, the Scotsman's consistency was. Just four races out of the points made him a menace to Plato's title challenge.
But for all the season Shedden led, a second career BTCC title very nearly fell from his grasp. A combination of sheer defiance from Plato coupled with the Honda driver's first real hiccup of the year created a final day that will last long in the memory.
Shedden eventually held on for the title but his destiny was barely sealed until both Plato and he crossed the line during the 30th and final race of the season. Shedden now joins his countryman John Clealand on two BTCC titles.
Gordon Shedden in Crash.Net BTCC Driver of the Year poll
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About the vote:
Rather than repeat the Drivers' British Championship standings, the BTCC Driver of the Year poll asks viewers to take into account factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, riding style, experience, injuries, progress and personality just as much as race results and scoring each of the top twenty from this year's BTCC standings with a mark out of ten.