Practice shunt means Shedden could miss openerPosted: April 2, 2011
Disaster has already hit one of the championship frontrunners as Gordon Shedden suffered a heavy accident in Saturday’s first free practice session which looks set to possibly put him out of action for tomorrow’s season-opener at Brands Hatch.
A sudden tyre failure coming into the high-speed Paddock Hill bend corner pitched the Scot into a spin where the Honda Civic buried itself into the tyre barrier, causing a considerable amount of front-end damage to the car.
Although Shedden escaped completely unhurt from the accident the car was said to be written off according to team principle Steve Neal, and the chassis damage is unlikely to be repaired for tomorrow’s races meaning that his championship challenge has been significantly dented already.
The reasoning behind the puncture that caused Shedden’s accident is unknown, but team Dynamics say that they will undergo an investigation into the incident in an effort to discover an insight into the tyre failure.
Neal hinted that the failure may have been assisted by the new NGTC engine which is 30kg heavier than in previous years. His team-mate Matt Neal showed solid pace in his Honda but also suffered minor electrical gremlins during practice.
Andrew Jordan continued from where he left off at the media day by topping both of the practice sessions, although a mere 0.049s seperared the top four in practice two as qualifying – minus Shedden – beckons for the field.