Gordon Shedden says he made ‘the best of a bad job’ in the British Touring Car Championship races at Croft, with the three-time champion leaving the circuit with a trio of top ten finishes but no podiums.
The Scot laid the foundations to improve on his results in Yorkshire from 2016, where he missed out on a top ten all weekend, by initially qualifying in fourth in a shortened qualifying session on Saturday.
That gave Shedden the strong starting position for race one, where he ultimately finished in fifth after losing out to BMW’s Rob Collard on the final corner of the final lap.
Races two and three saw determined drives from Shedden, now with slightly less ballast, to finish in fourth and ninth respectively.
Race three in particular saw the Honda driver running as fifth at one stage, before contact from Collard dropped him down the order to ninth.
“It’s making the best of a bad job around here, really,” summarised Shedden to TouringCars.Net. “It’s rear-wheel drive territory, it always has been.
“To take 30 points is good – it’s 27 more than I scored here last year, so it’s not so bad! There’s a lot which will still happen in the second half of the year.”
For Shedden, his biggest frustration with the weekend was not making more progress in the final race of the day, as he finished the race in ninth having started from sixth on the grid.
In particular, contact from Collard shortly after Shedden’s team-mate Matt Neal had passed him put paid to any chance of a stronger top ten finish.
“It’s been a little bit frustrating, but it’s OK. I’m disappointed, as I hoped to make up a couple more places through the field in the last race.
“Apart from that we’ve made the best of what we’ve had, we’ve worked hard at it, and we’re doing the best we can really.
“Matt went down the inside, and then Rob just smacked me up the arse to get past. I’m not sure whether he’s got the wrong Civic when he took revenge or not, but it’s a bit blatant what he did.
“He just drove square into the back of me. It just pushed me off, I lost the momentum and it certainly didn’t help.”
Shedden leaves Croft with his points advantage over Collard reduced to just 11 points heading into the summer break.
“Historically this isn’t a good place for us and we’ve done alright, so we’ve just got to go and try to make the best of the second half of the year.”