Despite being the quickest man on track in two of the three races, Gordon Shedden was left frustrated as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship reached the half-way point at Croft.

The Team Halfords driver qualified on the third row of the grid in his Honda Integra and was fighting for a podium place in the opening race of the weekend when he was given a black and orange flag by race officials for damaged bodywork on the rear of his car - the resulting pit-stop to fix the issue leaving him with a twelfth place finish.

From there, the Scot launched a storming drive in the second race of the day to finish fourth, although his opportunity to build on that was ended by a puncture late on in race three that led to a slow trip back to the pit-lane and a 17th place finish - no time remaining in the race for Shedden to battle back up the order.

"It's really disappointing to have had a car that was so quick and to have competed at the top and have so little to show for it at the end of the weekend," he told afterwards. "I would have finished second in the first race quite happily, but the powers that be brought me in for cracked rear bumper and that is one of those things. I had a cracking second race to go from twelfth to fourth and again I would have coasted to second in the final race had it not been for the puncture two laps from the end.

"It's hard for the boys who have put a lot of effort in and changed an engine between the second and third races because we have so little to show for it. There was so much up for grabs that I could have taken advantage of this weekend but lady luck just isn't going my way at the moment. But we have the pace and hopefully we can go Donington, run at the front and get the results that we deserve."



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