Honda Racing Team’s Gordon Shedden is just one point behind team-mate Matt Neal in the standings after Croft, and is still on top with the number of victories this year in the new Honda Civic.
Qualifying third on the grid with maximum ballast, Shedden moved into the lead at the start, but was re-passed by Neal on lap 12. With Neal on maximum ballast for race two, and some set-up changes in-between races, the roles were reversed in the second race and Shedden took the lead from Neal on lap three and went on to take his sixth win of the season.
The reversed grid draw for race three was the worst possible scenario for the Scotsman however, with the maximum of ten drawn which saw Shedden start at the back of row five alongside his team-mate.
“The podium in race one was good, the car didn’t feel great,” said Shedden to TouringCarTimes. “It was good enough to finish on the podium, you just always want a little bit more. In race two, it was fantastic, and then race three was just carnage.”
“It’s difficult with maximum ballast, starting from tenth, with not a lot of straight line speed, it’s not an easy task. I managed to pick off what I could, but it’s a tough ask. It’s good points, we’ll re-assess in the summer and move on to Snetterton.”
Shedden has also taken the most wins of any driver so far this season, and his six victories already matches his total win tally from the 2011 season, on his way to second in the championship.