LOCAL hero Gordon Shedden is praying for a change in luck as the British Touring Car Championship makes its annual visit to Knockhill this weekend.
A fortnight ago the 36-year-old former champ from Dalgety Bay arrived at Snetterton leading the championship by ten points.
After enduring, by his own admission, the “worst race weekend off his career,” he left trailing new leader Jason Plato’s VW by 38 points, having slipped to third in the title race.
“I’ve had better weekends,” said Shedden. “Snetterton, definitely, was the worst weekend of my racing career.”
Technical problems handicapped his Honda Civic Type R in qualifying and he could only manage 16th on the 28-car grid.
Stuck mid-pack, he could only finish 14th in the opening race, before being forced to retire in the carnage of race two having been hit by his team-mate Matt Neal.
Starting 26th in the day’s finale, he battled through to 15th before his car again suffered damage: he pitted and rejoined eventually being classified 24th.
While the 2012 champ heads to Knockhill bidding to win on home soil for the first time since 2011, he admits to focusing on much-needed points to kick-start his title surge.
“I want to be going to Brands Hatch for the season finale being right in the mix to win the title,” Shedden said, “and that means this weekend’s target is banking as many points as I can. If that means getting a couple of podiums and a fourth or fifth, that’s fine.”
The Fifer will be joined on the grid by fellow Scots, the Mercedes of Dalkeith’s Aiden Moffat, and Lesmahagow’s Derek Palmer in his Support Our Paras Racing Infiniti.