Rockingham: Shedden: We've got make these opportunities count

Gordon Shedden: These opportunities are few, far and between so we've got to make hay when the sun shines.
Reigning British Touring Car Champion Gordon Shedden is mindful of grasping the opportunity of making further inroads towards the summit of the 2016 title race after taking pole position in yesterday's qualifying at Rockingham.

The Team Dynamics driver stormed to his second BTCC pole in three meetings having seen off a multi-car challenge, led by Motorbase Performance's Mat Jackson, amidst a near biblical deluge of rain.

Given his struggles during the wet conditions earlier in the season at Croft, Shedden admitted he wasn't sure what to expect heading into qualifying but the 37-year old is now hoping for further rainfall during today's three races.

"We weren't very good in the rain at Croft but we've obviously solved our problem since. Croft was a bit of an eye opener and it gave us a big insight of what we needed to do with the car," Shedden told

"I didn't expect to be on pole position yesterday. I went out in qualifying not really knowing what to expect but the car was good and on the on the button straightaway. Hopefully we get some more of the wet stuff at some stage today."

Shedden currently sits fourth in the drivers' table as the reigning champion attempts to claw his way further back into contention following a difficult start to his title defence.

"I think we were there or thereabouts in both practice sessions so I think we'll be alright. I think it's going to be tough but we'll make the best of what we've got," Shedden continues.

"Hopefully we can score some big points, especially with the BMWs not having the best qualifying so we've got to make some big inroads. These opportunities are few, far and between so we've got to make hay when the sun shines."

Looking ahead to the trio races, Shedden cites the importance of prolonging his Honda Civic Type-R's tyre life on a high degradation circuit.

"The RWD cars will look after their tyres pretty well around here but sometimes that can tip the balance the other way and they'll lose the rears," said the 37-year old.

"I think Jackson will on the case right from the start. That Focus is bloody quick but he's got to make it last 16 laps as well."

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Gordon Shedden (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R
Ashley Sutton - Subaru Team BMR [pic credit BTCC]
Jack Goff, Eurotech Racing, [Credit: BTCC media]
Matt Simpson, Team Dynamics, [Credit: BTCC Media]
Rob Austin, Handy Motorsport [Credit: Handy Motorsport]
Andrew Jordan, WSR Pirtek BMW [Credit:Jakob Ebrey]
Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance, Shredded Wheat [Credit: Motorbase]
Gordon Shedden, Matt Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing [Credit: Halfords Yuasa]
Ant Whorton-Eales,, BTCC [Credit:]
Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance, Shredded Wheat [Credit: Motorbase]
Senna Proctor, Power Maxed Racing, BTCC [Credit: BTCC media]
WSR BMW  - Gardx / JCT 600 teams champions

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