Honda's Gordon Shedden has acknowledged the outlook of retaining his British Touring Car Championship crown 'isn't looking particularly rosy' after enduring a catastrophic weekend at Rockingham.

The Honda Civic Type-R driver's title hopes are hanging by a thread after a double retirement in Northamptonshire has put Shedden 55-points behind championship leader Ashley Sutton.

Shedden and Team Dynamics have struggled for a lack of overall performance since the beginning of the second half of the year and the reigning champion continued that trend by qualifying in a distant 16th ahead of race one.

That set the tone for Shedden's weekend, which saw the Team Dynamics driver collect just four-points as virtue of a 13th place finish in race three.

"Rockingham is notoriously difficult when you have ballast in the car, and that was reflected in both qualifying and race one when we very clearly struggled for speed, which was frustrating," said Shedden.

"We were coming through the pack in race two until the contact, which damaged the suspension, and we did our best in race three but it was always going to be a tall order to get much further up the field than we did."

Whilst Shedden remains realistic over his chances, the 38-year old isn't giving up hope on successfully defending his crown, which would see him draw level with Andy Rouse on four BTCC titles.

Shedden overcame a similar margin to retain his championship last season, but did so at an earlier stage of the campaign.

"We’ve lost some ground in the championship here and it’s fair to say the situation is not looking particularly rosy right now, but as everybody knows, the BTCC can turn on a sixpence and nothing is over yet, so we will keep on fighting to the very end."