Shedden hopes to shine as BTCC comes to Fife

From left - British Touring Car drivers  Gordon Sheddon (Honda), Rob Austin (Audi) and Derek Palmer (Infiniti) drive across The Forth Road Bridge ahead of the BTCC returning to Knockhill this weekend. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
From left - British Touring Car drivers Gordon Sheddon (Honda), Rob Austin (Audi) and Derek Palmer (Infiniti) drive across The Forth Road Bridge ahead of the BTCC returning to Knockhill this weekend. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
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Knockhill is the next stop on the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship calendar as the UK’s biggest and best motor sport series makes its annual trip to Fife.

Honda’s hometown hero Gordon Shedden led the championship at the midway stage of the season but endured a miserable event at Snetterton last time out, resulting in the 2012 champion relinquishing his standings advantage.

Shedden will be banking on support from the hugely passionate and partisan crowd expected to descend on the circuit this weekend for what is a pivotal event in the season.

If the Dalgety Bay man is to get his championship challenge back on track then he’ll have to take on and beat some 30 other touring car stars.

Reigning champion Colin Turkington fired himself into the title hunt with a sensational double win at Snetterton earlier this month, while Jason Plato walked away from the weekend with second, third and fourth place finishes, moving him to the standings summit with Turkington now tucking in behind.

Honda’s Shedden dropped to third.

The tight, twisty and undulating nature of the short Knockhill circuit should suit rear-wheel-drive machinery, which bodes well for West Surrey Racing and Rob Austin Racing.

Three BTCC races will take place on Sunday, with the entire day broadcast live and in high definition on ITV4.

In addition to the BTCC, there will be a number of races on the support bill, including popular sportscar contests in the shape of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, Ginetta GT4 Supercup and Ginetta Junior Championship.

Tin-top fans get an extra fix with the Renault UK Clio Cup while single-seater enthusiasts are also covered with the MSA Formula – the first rung on the ladder to Formula 1.

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill are available from £28, with free entry for children aged 12 and under.

Advanced booking discounts apply to all pre-booked tickets either online or by calling (01383) 723337.

Alternatively, tickets can be purchased on the day at the gate.