Second title is no Flash in the pan for Gordon

Gordon Shedden with the British Touring Car 2015 trophy
Gordon Shedden with the British Touring Car 2015 trophy

Gordon “Flash” Shedden wrote himself into the record books by winning the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship for a second time at Brands Hatch on Sunday.

In a sensational finale to the 30 race championship, the Dalgety Bay racer fought through the pack to come from 19th on the grid to fourth on the line – just enough to give him the points he needed to pip Jason Plato the title.

“I can’t believe it – I just can’t believe it,” Shedden said.

“What an incredible day, what an incredible race. That’s touring car racing at its absolute best.

“To win it from that far back, I can’t believe it.

“I’m almost lost for words, but the emotion is unbelievable. Sometimes the best way to keep it on the track is to keep pushing.

“To win it in the debut year of the Civic Type R and to get the manufacturers’ too is out of this world.

“It’s even more special than the first time.”

In between racing, Shedden works as a business development manager at Knockhill, and the circuit’s events director, Stuart Gray, hailed his colleague’s achievement.

“It was a historic day for Gordon and a historic day for Scottish motor sport,” he said.

“To win the title twice, and in such a determined and challenging way at the final race of the year, showed his true grit and qualities as a racer.

“He has established himself as one of the greatest all round saloon car drivers in the world.”

Shedden, who also won in 2012, now stands equal with fellow Scot and former BTCC driver John Cleland who also won the championship twice.