Rockingham: Shedden: I'm not giving up just yet!

Reigning BTCC champion Gordon Shedden inches closer towards the top of the table after securing an 'unexpectedly' strong haul of points at Rockingham.
Reigning British Touring Car Champion Gordon Shedden has kept his hopes of securing back-to-back titles very much alive after outscoring all of his main rivals at Rockingham.

The Team Dynamics driver emerged from the eighth weekend of the season with a grand haul of 47-points, which has moved Shedden up to third in the title race, just 20-points behind championship leader Sam Tordoff.

Shedden converted a hard fought pole position into his third win of 2016 in dominant fashion during race one before backing that up with a tenth and second place finish during the remaining two races.

Despite making a strong start to his title defence, Shedden's charge went off the boil during the mid-part of the season but the 37-year old's campaign has sparked back into life since hitting the front at Snetterton.

"Mega day. I don't think we would have expected that before coming here. A maximum score in race one, fastest lap and pole position – we're trying! I'm not giving up on this yet!" said Shedden.

"It was a nice to finish. Starting tenth to finish second, you've got to take that. We've got six races left and the gloves are off – we'll be giving it everything."

The Honda Civic Type-R driver could well have left Rockingham with two victories to his name, but the Scotsman was ultimately unable to manufacturer a gap past race three winner Aron Smith and settled for second, having started the reverse grid race from tenth.

Shedden spent much of the race as Smith's lone challenger for the win, but Turkington, a man on a mission from 15th, joined the fray with a handful of laps to go.

"Colin [Turkington] was on my back bumper after the last safety car and he had good pace so I had to be careful I didn't get shuffled back. Had it just been the two of us I would have had a few more ideas up my sleeve," said the reigning champion.

"Sometimes you've just got to be happy with where you got because that was OK.

"The tyres were good and they were probably in a bit better shape that Aron's [Smith] at the end. I just didn't have enough in the right places to make the difference.

"I would have had to be a fairly monumental lunge to make the pass from where I was. Points are going to be critical in this championship so you've got to take what it's good for."

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