A frustrated Gordon Shedden left the Snetterton round of the British Touring Car Championship with just seven points after the Team Dynamics driver found himself stuck in the pack.
Shedden qualified in just 14th, almost a second off the pace, after a number of incidents scuppered his chances to improve on Saturday.
In race one, the Scot made some progress to gain four places in the early laps, going on to take the chequered flag in tenth. But in race two he suffered from an engine failure which also cost him a strong starting position for race three.
From 27th on the grid, the Honda driver went on to gain more places than any other driver in the final race, despite an issue with his car’s hybrid power leaving him with none to use, salvaging just a single point for 15th for his efforts.
Explaining his frustrating weekend to TouringCars.Net, Shedden reiterated his confidence in his speed but lamented his lack of fortune.
“Qualifying was just a bit of a disaster,” said Shedden. “I was blocked by a CUPRA on the first run, yellow flags with Parfitt stopped on the second run and then tucked up behind Sutton on the third run, and then he dropped it at Turn One and that was it – game over.
“It is [difficult to progress] but I think we did a good job in race one in coming through. In race two the engine blew up and then basically we had to start from the back with no hybrid in race three, and we finished in the points. What more can you ask for?”
Shedden acknowledged that some of his challenges have come from a lack of good qualifying results – with the three-time champion having a season best of fifth in 2022 and having missed out on the top dozen for both of the past two rounds.
“The gap’s been too big for the championship for a wee while now. If we just got a clean weekend we’d be alright – we’ve got plenty of pace – it’s just not fallen our way for a couple of different reasons.
“When we’re running in race trim we’re as fast as anybody. It’s difficult, but we’re working to get ourselves in the best place.
“Sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it’s not where it needs to be. But on race day we’re strong, we just need to make a better effort at it on Saturday.”