British Touring Car Championship racer Gordon Shedden admits he can't wait to take on the challenge of the Spa 24 Hours this weekend when he lines up as part of the CR Scuderia team for the round-the-clock race in Belgium.
Fresh from his second win of the BTCC season at the wheel of his Team Halfords Honda Civic at Oulton Park, the Scot will join forces with Tim Mullen, Andrea Piccini and team boss Chris Niarchos for the latest round of the FIA GT Championship in what will be his debut in a 24 hour event.
Shedden will look to impress at the wheel of the #55 Ferrari 430 as Niarchos and Mullen look to lift themselves up the GT2 championship standings, with the double points on offer for the event making the event doubly important for those drivers chasing title honours.
“The 24 hour race is something that will be totally different for me,” Shedden said. “I'm looking forward to teaming up with CR Scuderia for the event at Spa and it is an amazing opportunity that has been given to me by Andrew Kirkaldy and Chris Niarchos. Eddie, my engineer at Team Halfords, will be coming over with me - so we'll be seeing quite a bit of each other in the coming weeks!
“I've never done a 24 hour race before so it's a whole new ball-game for me but it is all about consistency and doing a good job for the team. I want to do a good job for Chris and Tim as it's their championship and I want to help them in their bid for as many points as possible.”
Shedden's BTCC rival Darren Turner will also take part in the event in the GT1 class Aston Martin DBR9 of Gigawave Motorsport.