Gordon Shedden is ready to come out fighting at Silverstone this weekend as bids to close the gap on the top two in the championship.
The Halfords Yuasa Racing driver arrives at the penultimate event of the season sitting third in the BTCC standings, 55-points behind series leader Ashley Sutton.
Shedden endured a nightmare weekend at Rockingham last time out, scoring just four points after a puncture and contact with Rob Austin scuppered his chances of battling towards the front in races one and two.
Bidding to become the first driver in the modern era to win three successive BTCC titles, the Scotsman is no stranger to fighting back at the end of the season – doing so to take the title in the final round in 2015 and 2016.
Admitting that he has an uphill battle ahead of him to clinch a record-equalling fourth crown, Shedden is looking to draw on one of the teams biggest strengths in his bid to close the gap at the top.
Looking ahead to the weekend, Shedden said: “Our first objective has to be to immediately fight back, because not very much went right for us at Rockingham – but one of the inherent strengths of this team is our ability to come out punching when our backs are against the wall.
“From where we are in the championship, we have to push flat-out and whilst as a circuit, Silverstone doesn’t necessarily suit our strengths – it’s essentially just a series of straights – such is the wildly unpredictable nature of the BTCC that you genuinely never know what’s going to happen.
“We came from behind last year to win the title, and although it’s clearly a bigger mountain to climb this season, I can guarantee you we will be giving it 100 per cent all the way to the final chequered flag.”
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