Gordon Shedden chasing car change after handling issues in Slovakia
Gordon Shedden had a tough weekend in Slovakia, with the Scotsman and his Team WRT squad struggling to diagnose a serious handling issue with his Audi RS 3 LMS, with Shedden aiming for a back-to-back test and a potential change of car before the cars head to China.
While the Audis showed strong pace at the high-speed Slovakiaring circuit, with both Shedden’s team-mate Jean-Karl Vernay and the rival Comtoyou Audi of Frédéric Vervisch finishing on the podium, Shedden was over a second from team-mate Vernay, mired at the back of the pack.
Shedden also sustained damage in Race 2 after an incident involving the Zengo Cupra TCR of Zsolt Szabo, while he ended the weekend in retirement after he was taken out on the first lap of Race 3 in an incident involving Nathanael Berthon and Mehdi Bennani.
“It’s been a frustrating weekend, as the car’s just not handling properly, and we don’t know why, and that’s put us in the wrong part in the field and we just keep getting caught up in silly accidents by drivers who we shouldn’t be near,” said Shedden.
“We just don’t can’t get the same lap times out of it as everyone else; there are also odd sounds coming from the car under braking. We desperately need to sort it before the cars go off to China, as if we have the same problem when we’re out there, the rest of the season is a almost a write-off.”
Shedden and WRT hope to find time to test ahead of the August 6th date when the cars are shipped to China, with changing to one of WRT’s other Audi RS 3 LMSs not being ruled out if it’s discovered there’s an inherent problem with the WTCR car.