Silverstone: Shedden satisfied with qualifying effort

Despite struggling with a lack of straight-line speed and 57 kilos of ballast, Honda's Gordon Shedden was content with his P10 qualifying effort at Silverstone.
Reigning British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden says tenth position pretty much represented what his Honda was capable of during today's qualifying session at Silverstone.

The Team Dynamics driver crucially out-qualified championship leader Sam Tordoff, who endured a miserable session, by seven positions while his Honda Civic Type-R team mate Matt Neal qualified even higher in seventh.

Tordoff's qualifying was marred after the BMW driver suffered a minor collision with his West Surrey Racing team mate Rob Collard. Tordoff's pain turned out to be Honda's gain with both Neal and Shedden chasing the points leader in second and third in the standings.

"It looked like he [Tordoff] had a reasonably rough session even before [making contact with his team mate]. He must have locked all four of wheels going down to Maggots early in the session so I think he had quite a lot going on in that session," said Shedden.

"He'll have to work hard in race one but we've seen the true speed of that car at Rockingham."

Knowing how crucial optimising the slipstream can be around Silverstone, Shedden said there was pre-rehearsed Team Dynamics plan to initialise a tow.

"My lap was pretty good. You always say there's a little bit more in it but it actually kind of was what it was. The car didn't feel that bad, that's kind of what it's got at the minute," said Shedden.

"We went with the plan and stuck to it. If it's worth half-a-tenth, 0.3s or anything in between we'll take it rather than lose it around here. We don't have the luxury of not trying these things.

"If somebody says 'put your right boot on before your left boot and you'll go a tenth faster' you'll do it!

"Matt [Neal] did a great lap. He had a nice double tow from myself and Andrew Jordan. My lap was pretty good."

Having qualified around runners who aren't running as much success ballast, Shedden admits hitting the top-five isn't necessarily on his radar as the defending champion just aims to keep the points tally rolling.

"It's a strange thing to say but we're not racing the top-five at the minute because they're not running as much ballast as we are," Shedden explained.

"There's a lot of cars around us, which we've done a good job of out-qualifying, that can make things tough for us.

"We've seen how quickly a weekend can turn round. You can have terrible first race, squeeze back in the top-ten and pull a reverse grid pole, bugger off and score some good points. It's all going to twist and turn a bit before the seasons out.

"Anything we can do this weekend to close the gap will be positive."

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
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

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.