Brands Hatch Indy: Shedden not getting carried away despite strong start

Reigning British Touring Car Champion Gordon Shedden is refusing to fall into the trap of complacency after enjoying a so far near faultless start to his title defence.
Reigning British Touring Car Champion Gordon Shedden has been buoyed his strong start to proceedings at Brands Hatch but refuses to fall into the trap of complacency ahead of race three.

The Team Dynamics driver has kicked off his reign as the defending champion with second position in race one, later accompanied by a commanding first win of the season during the second race ahead of his Honda team mate Matt Neal.

Shedden acknowledged his route to victory was made easier when pole man Tom Ingram and Rob Collard made contact at Paddock Hill bend whilst battling for lead - eliminating both out of race winning contention while forcing Ingram into an early retirement.

"Obviously Collard and Ingram coming together saved me having to get past them. But the car felt great. I was lucky to avoid that incident but once I got to the front the car felt good and it was probably more settled than it was in race one," Shedden told

"It's been a good start but we've got 28 races to go and I know how quickly it can all change. I've just got to try and stay out of trouble and try to convert our work from the first two races into a good result for race three."

Despite Team Dynamics already looking to have a good understanding of the 2016-spec Civic Type-R, Shedden warns that there's still more to come from the championship winning package.

"We're scrapping a bit but we're getting there. Hopefully we can get a bit more out of the car and see how we go," Shedden continued.

"Fair-play, Tom [Ingram] drove a good race in race one. All credit to him for getting his first win but for me it's about playing the long game and getting some points on the board.

"I don't think we're there with the car yet. I think we're doing OK but there's more to come from it. That was an encouraging run during that race but we'll what happens in race three."

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Gordon Shedden (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R
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Gordon Shedden, Matt Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing [Credit: Halfords Yuasa]
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