Gordon Shedden back in the game after ‘mega’ dayPosted: April 29, 2012
Gordon Shedden hailed his Honda Yuasa Racing team after taking two fantastic wins at a soaking Thruxton that puts him only four points behind Jason Plato in the championship heading into a short series break.
The Scot was the class of the field all weekend at the fast Hampshire track in the tricky conditions, and but was forced to recover after technical problems ruined his qualifying.
Shedden had actually taken the pole position, but that was then taken away from him during the session after a turbo boost infringement.
Starting from a lowly 18th, he then fought his way through the field to sixth by the conclusion of race one which was red-flagged for an accident, Shedden having survived a tangle on lap one with Rob Austin and Andy Neate.
Race two again saw Shedden and the new Civic really in their element as he fought his way to the front past Jason Plato and then Mat Jackson by the halfway stage for his third win of the season, before adding a fourth with another fighting drive from ninth on the grid to lead a Honda one-two ahead of team-mate Matt Neal.
“It’s been a mega day, an absolutely mega day!” said the delighted Scotsman.
“After yesterday there was so much potential that I didn’t really realise in qualifying, the results today have been absolutely outstanding. We’ve got a car that is handling phenomenally.”
He also said that the terrible conditions all weekend may have played into his hands, admitting to confidence in the feeling of the still-new NGTC Civic.
“The balance in this little Honda Civic is fantastic. Round the corners it’s amazing.
“I think the wet really played into our hands with the turbo boost limits that we’ve got, I think we probably would have struggled in the dry. In these conditions it’s all about feel and a little bit of confidence in the car, and I’ve got a lots of confidence in it.
“(In race three) Everyone was getting into each other on the first lap and I was just trying to stay out of the way, and then everything presented itself in front of me.”
With the team picking up extra points in the third race with their customary choreographed swapover, Shedden is not getting carried away with his run of strong form.
“It’s a long way to go yet. You can see how quickly things change from each session not just each weekend. It’s been a cracking weekend, and again well done to everyone at Honda.
“We’ve always said that we race for the team and we’ll help each other as and when we can”.
His team-mate Neal also sung high praises of the car: “The Dunlops held up really well and the 18 inch tyre that they let us have is absolutely stonking, it works really well with the car.”
Standings after round 3:
1) Jason Plato – 129
2) Gordon Shedden – 125
3) Matt Neal – 115
4) Mat Jackson – 107
5) Robert Collard – 103