I have caught up with the reigning British Touring Car champion, Gordon Shedden to discuss his three BTCC titles, Fiesta championship and teammate, Matt Neal.
· Who was your sporting idol during your childhood?
Shedden; I didn’t really have an idol as such but I watched lots of motorsport just as a general interest. Obviously, when I went to Knockhill to watch BTCC for the first-time, John Cleland was the local hero. Without JC, my interest in racing wouldn’t have been as much.
Shedden; I raced in the Fiesta Championship which was the main saloon car support of the time. I’d only raced 1 season in Scotland and I remember just how much the goalposts moved when I went to race down south. The level of competition was really high,
Shedden; Yes it was really important but to be honest I could have won sooner. I had a strong year finishing 4th overall.
Shedden; It goes without saying that Matt and I push each other incredibly hard on track but we get on really well off track. On paper, our closeness shouldn’t work, but it does… very very well. That has been a huge part of our success at Honda.
Shedden; When I woke up that morning I knew I would win as it was raining. We had a much better wet setup than MG and Dynamics really got the jump on everyone with understanding the NGTC car. All I had to do was stay out of trouble… sounds easy doesn’t it?
Shedden; Both are very special for different reasons. 2015 was rescued from the real depths, 2016 was different as I wasn’t defending a lead going in to the last round. I could really just throw it all on the line. Defending the Championship was a real achievement especially given how competitive the series is.
Shedden; I’ve had lots of wins and they are all building blocks towards the Championships. I would say my favourite win will be my next one… and then the one after that and so on… If I can continue with many more, I’ll be very happy.
Shedden; It would be good to win 5 BTCC Championships.. I would also like to get to Le Mans for the 24 and compete in as many great races as possible.