Shedden to make BTCC return with Dynamics Honda

Three-time British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden is to return to the series this season with Team Dynamics at the wheel of a Honda Civic Type R.

Shedden to make BTCC return with Dynamics Honda

The confirmation of Shedden’s BTCC comeback, as predicted by Autosport, comes three days after Dynamics announced a surprise parting of the ways with 2019 and 2020 title contender Dan Cammish.

The 42-year-old Scot won all three of his titles – in 2012, 2015 and 2016 – in the Dynamics-designed, built and run Civic FK2, and has scored all 48 of his BTCC race victories in Dynamics Hondas.

He moved to the World Touring Car Cup in 2018 with Audi, but after two seasons there he was left on the sidelines when the German marque ended its official support for its teams in the series.

Shedden then got behind the wheel of the current Civic FK8 when he stood in during pre-season testing for Matt Neal, who was recovering from serious injuries sustained in a cycling accident.

He was on standby to contest the early-season races should Neal not be fit to race, only for the coronavirus pandemic to delay competition by four months.

Gordon Shedden, Dynamics Honda 2020

Gordon Shedden, Dynamics Honda 2020

Photo by: Jakob Ebrey

“I can’t wait to get back in the car” said Shedden.

“I have kept in touch with the team throughout, and obviously jumped in the car early in 2020 when Matt was injured, and it felt great.

“That was the first time I had driven the new car and it felt right from the off.

“I’ve been keeping an eye on the championship, and it looks mega-competitive, but my fight and determination is as high as it’s ever been, so I’ll be giving it my all.”

Shedden’s BTCC return means that for the first time he could be involved in a title fight with his brother-in-law, new Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Corolla recruit Rory Butcher, who made his debut in the series midway through Shedden’s last season, in 2017.

He is the first driver confirmed for the two-car Dynamics line-up, with team chief Neal refusing to comment on whether he will stand down from the driving seat for 2021.

“It’s great to have ‘Flash’ back in the car,” said Neal. “He knows the team and he knows the way we work.

“He showed last year that he hadn’t lost his pace, so we are expecting great things of him – no pressure!”

2021 BTCC confirmed entries so far

West Surrey Racing BMW: Colin Turkington, Tom Oliphant, Stephen Jelley
Team Dynamics Honda: Gordon Shedden, TBA
Laser Tools Racing Infiniti: Ash Sutton, Aiden Moffat, Carl Boardley
Motorbase/MB Ford: Jake Hill, Ollie Jackson, Sam Osborne, Andy Neate
BTC Racing Honda: Josh Cook, Michael Crees, Jade Edwards
Speedworks Motorsport Toyota: Rory Butcher, Sam Smelt
Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai: Tom Ingram, Chris Smiley, Jack Butel, Rick Parfitt Jr
Ciceley Motorsport BMW: Adam Morgan, Tom Chilton
Team Hard Cupra: Jack Goff, Aron Taylor-Smith, Glynn Geddie, TBA
Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall: Jason Plato, TBA

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