Honda’s Gordon Shedden says he extracted everything he could have from Knockhill, despite losing the British Touring Car Championship lead to Team BMW’s Colin Turkington.

Shedden arrived at his home event with a slim two-point championship ahead of Turkington but has instead left Scotland sitting third in the title chase, with a 12-point deficit to overhaul during the last nine races.

The Honda Civic Type-R driver did provide a partisan home crowd reason to cheer in race three with a typically tenacious charge to second place behind Tom Ingram, but was ultimately unable to trouble the top RWD runners during the opening two races.

“That’s best we could do this weekend. I’m frustrated at a lot of things but that’s what we were capable of this weekend – that’s it,” said the Team Dynamics driver.

“It was a really hard fought podium. I had to get going early on. There was a lot going on and a lot of pressure from all over the place.

“It was a good race and I drove my heart out. I didn’t leave anything on the table and that’s where we got to.”

Whilst Shedden had no answer for the dominant race three winner Ingram, the home hero managed to quell and counter the attack of Team BMW’s Rob Collard for the second step on the rostrum, following a heated exchange with his title rival.

The defending champion looked set to lose second to Collard, but a trademark lunge at Clark corner proved a decisive manoeuvre in the battle.

“It was alright when the safety car came out and he [Ingram] came back to us! He didn’t get five-seconds up the road by luck. Even when the safety car came in, we had the same feeling afterwards,” Shedden continued.

“To be fair I thought Collard was going to disappear but he didn’t have a good run through the chicane and then he just left the door wide open. So I thought ‘oh well, I’ll go back again!’ – That was the long and short of that.”

With his focus now turning to Rockingham in two weeks’ time, Shedden admits Honda’s current ‘lack of genuine performance’ is a concern as the title race enters its decisive phase of the season.

“Unless we get more genuine performance, we’re not going to be in the hunt at all. We’re fluking some reverse grids, which we did at Snetterton and also here.

“There’s nothing we can change. It’s really frustrating. We need to go and check everything we’ve got, in case there’s something that we can improve on. We’ve got to maximise everything we’ve got.”

 

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