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Brands Hatch Grand Prix: Defending champion Shedden primed for BTCC showdown

Gordon Shedden: What seems certain is that it will go all the way to the last race – and perhaps even the last lap of the last race!
Reigning British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden is hoping he can harness the memory from his dramatic last gasp 2015 title win into wrestling this year's championship lead away from Sam Tordoff at Brands Hatch.

Out of the seven contenders all vying to stop Tordoff from taking his maiden BTCC crown, Shedden presently stands with the best chance of successfully hunting the leading BMW down, 11 points back from the West Surrey Racing driver.

The Team Dynamics driver kept his chances of retaining his 2015 crown very much alive after pulling off a daring manoeuvre on Rob Collard to win the third race at Silverstone.

Shedden endured a roller-coaster of emotions last season and entered the deciding race on the ropes but memorably charged from the back and finished fourth to narrowly claim his second title ahead of Jason Plato.

"Brands Hatch GP is an awesome venue for a title showdown. I've had some great results there in the past, and hopefully the positive memories of last year will spur me on," Shedden said.

With the odds very much pointing to the race for the title going right down to the wire, Shedden says each contender has no choice but to push flat out for the enterity of the weekend.

"Usually when you get to this stage of proceedings, you'd realistically say there are two or three drivers who could be champion but this year there are twice as many – at least!

"That means nobody can afford to sit back and just collect points – everybody has to be pushing flat-out, and it's going to require an absolutely stellar weekend to get the job done.

"It could even come down to the luck of the reversed grid draw for race three... What seems certain is that it will go all the way to the last race – and perhaps even the last lap of the last race!"

Having been involved in numerous title showdowns, Shedden feels the wealth of experience gained from those final day showdowns could prove invaluable over the course of the weekend.

"I remember back in 2012 when I first went into a BTCC title-decider, no matter how much you say you're feeling chilled and relaxed and have it all under control, the pressure of the situation still has an effect and you instinctively tighten up a bit.

"So hopefully the experience Matt and I have will play in our favour and we also know we will support each other should the need arise. Ultimately – and regardless of personal aspirations – the goal is to get a Civic Type R over the finish line first."



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