Gordon Shedden admits that his British Touring Car Championship title defence is ‘not looking particularly rosy’ after Rockingham, where the Honda driver picked up just four points.
Shedden struggled early on in the weekend, qualifying in just 16th position for the first race of the day on Sunday.
The Scot then picked up a puncture in race one, denying him any points and wiping out the progress he made through the field, forcing him to start race two from the back of the grid.
Shedden then made contact with Rob Austin in race two, breaking his front-right suspension and taking him out of the race, resulting in another non-score.
The final race of the day saw little consolation for Shedden, as he scythed his way through the field from 30th on the grid to finish in 12th, but only take home four points as a result.
“Rockingham is notoriously difficult when you have ballast in the car,” said Shedden. “That was reflected in both qualifying and race one when we very clearly struggled for speed, which was frustrating.
“We were coming through the pack in race two until the contact, which damaged the suspension, and we did our best in race three but it was always going to be a tall order to get much further up the field than we did.
“We’ve lost some ground in the championship here and it’s fair to say the situation is not looking particularly rosy right now, but as everybody knows, the BTCC can turn on a sixpence and nothing is over yet, so we will keep on fighting to the very end.”
Shedden heads into the penultimate meeting of the season at Silverstone third overall in the drivers’ standings, 55 adrift of leader Ash Sutton.