Brands Hatch Grand Prix: Shedden 'feeling chilled' ahead of BTCC decider

Having clawed back to within two points of championship leader Sam Tordoff, Gordon Shedden insists the ball still remains in the BMW driver's court.
Gordon Shedden has closed to within just two points of retaining his British Touring Championship crown at Brands Hatch but still believes the 'ball still remains in the court' of points leader Sam Tordoff.

In what has already been a titanic battle, just ten points will cover the top-three championship contenders after a race two win for Colin Turkington, coupled with a third place finish for Shedden, has the set the scene for what promises to be a dramatic conclusion to the campaign.

The Honda driver battled through from fifth to third in the second race after making 'some pretty hairy' moves to establish a gap between himself and Tordoff on the road.

"The ball is still massively in Sam's court. We're trying though. We're certainly not going to let it go. I was making some pretty hairy moves to try and get the job done there," said Shedden.

Shedden sniffed the possibility of a victory in race two after following Jason Plato as the pair closed in on Turkington, who was seemingly struggling to carry 75 kilos of ballast on the soft tyre.

However, Plato played the team game for Subaru and acted as Turkington's rear-gunner, which quelled Shedden's attack behind.

When quizzed if he was biding his time behind the Subaru duo, Shedden said: "We did, but then Jason obviously fell back. You've just got to keep on going, keep trying and if it's good enough, it's good enough but if it's not, it's not."

Knowing plenty can still happen during the final reverse grid race, Shedden admits he goes into the decider feeling 'dead chilled'.

Tordoff, Shedden and Turkington will start the finale in third, fifth and seventh with Mat Jackson set to lead the field away from pole position.

"For the last few years there's always been some kind of shenanigans. Obviously last year it was for myself and I think Colin had a terrible run the year before that," Shedden continued.

"I feel dead chilled, so he's [Tordoff] got to go out there and get the job done in the last one."

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Gordon Shedden (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R
BMW returns to the BTCC with WSR
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]

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