How a returning champion is feeling at home again in the BTCC
After topping the times at the end of British Touring Car Championship pre-season testing, it feels like Gordon Shedden has never been away. But after plenty of changes behind the scenes, the three-time champion is bedding himself in to pick up where he left off
He was always a wiry chap anyway. But blimey, he’s looking trim at the age of 42. That’s Gordon Shedden, three-time British Touring Car champion, one of the country’s greatest front-wheel-drive tin-top battlers of all time, the guy who’s making a return to the BTCC this weekend at Thruxton after three years away. The Scot who’s back in his adopted Midlands family of Team Dynamics.
Shedden is relaxing with Autosport on a beautiful sunny April day at Silverstone, next to the humble little camper van (insert joke about Scots being frugal here) that he’s driven down from home in Fife. It’s lunchtime on the BTCC media day, and three hours later his Honda Civic Type R will lay down a marker on an end-of-day performance run that leaves rival eyes watering and the famous #52 at the top of the times. Yeah, he’s back in the groove already.
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