MATT NEAL: “FLASH WILL ALWAYS REMAIN A PART OF THE TEAM DYNAMICS FAMILY”

Matt Neal has said that Gordon Shedden will always remain a part of the Team Dynamics after it was confirmed that the triple champion will leave the BTCC.

Having spent more than a decade as part of the Honda team, the Scotsman is set to walk away from the series to take on a new challenge in 2018.

Making his BTCC debut in the Production Class in 2001, Shedden burst onto the scene in the series’ top tier in 2006, joining Neal to pilot a Honda Integra and ultimately going on to finish fourth in the points.

Spending a solitary year away from Dynamics in 2009, the 38-year-old formed one of the most successful partnerships in the BTCC alongside Neal, who has wished him well on his new endeavours.

“Gordon is a part of our family and success story,” Neal said. “He’s got a new and exciting opportunity and we would never hold him back from that.

“We wish him the very best of success in his new challenge – he’s a phenomenal competitor and he’s certainly talented enough!

“One thing is for sure – despite ‘Flash’ racing elsewhere this season, he’ll always remain part of our Dynamics family and part of our team.”

On top of his title wins in 2012, 2015 and 2016, Shedden has scored a total of 48 wins and a further 124 podiums – which has led to further praise from Honda following years of loyal service.

David Hodgetts, Managing Director, Honda UK, said: “I would like to thank Gordon for the key role he has played in Honda’s BTCC successes over the past decade.

He has made a tremendous contribution to the team, not only winning three Drivers’ titles but also helping us to secure five Manufacturers’ crowns and six Teams’ trophies, which is an outstanding accomplishment by any measure.

“Indeed, his 48 career victories place him fourth on the all-time list – and we are immensely proud that he achieved every single one of them in Honda cars. I wish Gordon all the best in his future career.”

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