Gordon Shedden admits he is looking forward to a change in fortune after another trying weekend for the Team Halfords man at Snetterton.

Shedden has endured an up and down season in the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship with his campaign having been beset by bad luck that has left him outside the top six in the standings.

Having qualified as the top petrol powered car in third place on the grid, Shedden lost a place when the lights went out in race after a stunning getaway from team-mate Chilton saw him blast past the sister Honda Civic and defending champion Fabrizio Giovanardi into third from his fifth place on the grid. From there, Shedden remained in position to the flag to finish just off the podium.

The Scot ran second in race two following a Safety Car period but then ran wide at Coram and dropped down to eighth place and his day ended in disappointment when he was forced to retire from the final race after contact with Steven Kane while dicing for second place.

"I can't buy a result right now," he said. "We learned so much from the test and the Civic was going really well here.

"Things were conspiring against us and the car isn't slow in a straight line, but the diesels were in a different league in the first race, you could be on their bumper at the start of the straight and they would be six car lengths clear by the end!

"In the second race I was comfortable before the Safety Car, which was interesting as I couldn't see a lot wrong with the track, but I picked up debris on the rear tyres and it took too long to get them clean there after. In race three, I made a good start and I had a car underneath me that I felt was good to win the race. Steven had a big slide through the first corner, defended to the middle of the road and I moved wide for the sling shot, Kane then defended his line and there was inevitable contact. I'm sure opinions will differ as to whether he was moving back to take the racing line but by then, unfortunately I was there and the resulting contact broke my steering rack. Every time there is a 50/50 I come out on the wrong side of it."

Shedden added that he is confident of fighting for honours next time out at Oulton Park - a circuit where he has won in previous years.

"I'm bloody having a win next time out at Oulton Park, I have to win," he said. "I've won there the past two years with the Integra and with the Civic. It's a circuit I like and one that suits the car so there is no reason why we can't run at the sharp end. The diesel will be quick everywhere but there are heavy braking areas at Oulton and they aren't as strong there. It's a different challenge but hopefully we'll be ahead."

 

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