Gordon Shedden was surprised to take victory in the final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Snetterton, with his third win of the year moving him back to the top of the points standings.
The Scot was in the right place at the right time in the final race of the day in Norfolk, moving into the lead when BMW’s Andrew Jordan suffered from a late-race mechanical drama in his car.
With Subaru’s Ash Sutton also suffering from misfortune in the race, Shedden was able to move back into the lead of the championship by a slender two points from BMW’s Colin Turkington.
“I only won because the Subaru stopped and so did Jordan, so I got there in the end,” said Shedden to TouringCars.Net. “It wasn’t pretty, but we’ll take them any way we can. But we’re not kidding ourselves that we need to find more [pace].”
Shedden was nevertheless concerned about the pace displayed by the Subaru Levorg at Snetterton, which won twice, including with full ballast, at the hands of Ash Sutton.
“I know how hard my car was to a lap time with 75 kg in yesterday, and he [Sutton] coasted with 75 kg in race two, so it gives you a bit of an idea as to where the differences are.
“It is what it is; you’ve got to have the rough weekends, and this was a really, really rough weekend for us and hasn’t been great.
“We’ll go up to Scotland next and see if we can do something there. We need to find something to run on genuine pace.
“There’s no way in the world that I thought we were going to win race three or even finish on the podium today given what we had yesterday.
“Sometimes things turn on their head in touring car racing and you can never say never – for me the cards fell my way in that third race and when the chances to win are there you’ve got to make sure you win and not throw it away.
“That was a really important one.”