Gordon Shedden says he is ready to take the fight to his BTCC rivals at his home event Knockhill and hopes to make the most of the reduced success ballast his Honda Civic Type R will carry.

After a frustrating weekend at Snetterton last time out, taking just one points finish in the shape of 14th in race one, the Honda Yuasa Racing driver is determined to make amends and close the gap at the top of the drivers' standings in front of his home fans.

The 2012 BTCC champion currently occupies third in the standings, 32 points behind leader Jason Plato and 16 off Colin Turkington in second.

"I think Snetterton was the worst accumulative score Matt and I have ever had at a race weekend," Shedden said. "But that round is done and dusted, there's nothing that we can do about it other than come out fighting at Knockhill.

"It's awesome to race at my home circuit, especially in front of a home crowd - the Scottish love their motor sport and it's great to be part of that."

Under the success ballast regulations used in BTCC, Shedden will take a lighter load compared to his rivals and is aiming to maximise the benefit and return to the rostrum after missing out at the Norfolk track.

"Knockhill is everything that the BTCC is about - a real roller-coaster," he added. "It's aggressive and always produces spectacular racing. Qualifying is going to be really tight but every cloud has a silver lining and we head into the weekend with slightly less success ballast. We are definitely going to use that to our advantage."



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