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Shedden: "We'll be giving it absolutely everything at Oulton"

Wednesday, May 17 2017

Reigning Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Gordon Shedden is confident of making further progress with his title defence at Oulton Park this weekend (20/21 May).

The Scotsman currently lies second in the championship standings, and despite having been disqualified from a win at Donington, is happy with his early season results. "Apart from the little blip in race three at Donington it's been a strong start for me," he said. "Given the fact that I'm normally rubbish in the first part of the season!

"It's just so competitive this year, that you just can't have any luxury of slipping up and sorting it out at a later date, so I'm happy the car feels good. I think there's a bit more to come from it and hopefully I'll keep grinding out these points as the season goes on."

Traditionally Oulton Park favours the rear-wheel-drive cars, but the works Hondas ran 1-2 in last year's reverse-grid race. Gordon, who retired on that occasion with a puncture, is certainly positive. "That might change a little bit on the tyre this year," he said. "We've just got to do the best we can, it's not really an excuse to write off [the] rounds, and we'll be giving it absolutely everything. You never know, there's all sorts of things that could change the weekend.

"We have a good balance; I think the car does feel good just now, although it's going to be a struggle for me with 66 kilos [of success ballast] in the car in qualifying and race one. I'm still hopeful that we can score some good points over the weekend."

Of the rear-wheel-drive opposition, like many Gordon is most perplexed by the form of Subaru, who dominated qualifying and race one last year. "I don't really see any reasons why they are struggling," he said. "Although to be fair there is a misconception about it because I don't think they are [since] Ash Sutton was the top qualifying rear-wheel-drive car at Thruxton; he outqualified [Colin] Turkington, so I wouldn't say that was struggling, to be honest."

Whilst Gordon will have one eye on the rear-driven cars including Turkington, who is just a couple of points behind, he'll also be looking out for title leader Tom Ingram in the Speedworks Toyota Avensis. "Definitely given that they are there all time," he said. "They're going to have to be able to stay on top of the game throughout the whole season, but they certainly seem to have made a good step over the winter, so it's up to the rest of us to make sure we do the best to catch them."

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