Gordon Shedden was left with mixed emotions following three frantic races at Knockhill today, the third of which saw him secure a popular podium finish.
In front of a bumper crowd, the Halfords Yuasa Racing driver had entered the weekend with a two-point lead in the overall standings but now leaves residing in third, 12 points off the summit.
Qualifying ninth in a dramatic shootout for pole position, Shedden found himself in the thick of the action in race one but crossed the line in 11th.
Moving his way up to sixth in race two, the triple champion produced a string of overtakes that were received by raptures of applause, ultimately crossing the line in second place.
“We made the most out of what we had,” Shedden told BTCC Crazy. “I’m frustrated at a lot of things but we have to keep chipping away. Race three was a real hard-fought podium, I drove my heart out in that one.
“The podium looked a long way from us this morning but like Snetterton, we worked hard and just clawed our way back. As was the case at Snetterton, we didn’t do it on pace though.
“Ingram had already gone up the road in that last race and I just didn’t have enough to challenge him, even with two chances at having a go at him when the safety car came out.
“It was great to see such support though today, the fans really turned out in force.”
Heading to Rockingham in two weeks time sitting third in the championship standings, the Scotsman admitted his chances of winning a record-equalling fourth title could be in jeopardy unless more performance is found.
He explained: “If we can’t get more genuine performance then we won’t be in the hunt at all come the final round. When we are running on base weight and the medium tyre in race two and still struggling to make headway then you know that something isn’t quite right.
“We will look internally to see what we can do but this is as fast as we can be at the moment. I’ll be fighting as hard as ever at Rockingham.”
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