SEASON ENDS WITH FASTEST LAP FOR CARTRIDGE WORLD RACER
Gordon Shedden was in the thick of the action in his Cartridge World sponsored Club SEAT Leon as the 2009 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship was decided, in a thrilling final race, at Brands Hatch. The Drivers title went to Colin Turkington but Shedden made his mark, running as high as 5th in the final race and setting the fastest lap proving the pace of the Club SEAT Leon running on E85 bio-ethanol fuel and his own race-craft.
Gordon Shedden qualified his Cartridge World sponsored SEAT Leon in 12th place for the first race of the final round of the 2009 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch, after running 10th in free practice.
In the opening race of the day, in front of a large appreciative crowd, Gordon was running comfortably in mid-field dicing with former Grand Prix driver Johnny Herbert when a front wheel hub broke pitching the Cartridge World SEAT into the gravel trap and out of the race.
In race 2 Shedden was in superb form gradually working his way through the pack to finish in a superb 10th spot and in the points. This set him up nicely for the Championship decider and the 30th BTCC race of 2009.
Gordon made a strong start and was immediately on the pace. Gaining places, in a hectic race that saw the safety car out on the first lap, Shedden worked his way up to 5th spot after dicing with Jason Plato, who would eventually go on to win his third race of the day, and his team mate Mat Jackson. A robust challenge by Jackson as the pair exited Druids bend shunted Gordon off the track, where he ‘clipped’ a barrier, dropping him down the order in the closely packed field. Gordon immediately recovered his composure setting the fastest lap of the race, the 16th of his career, on his way to 9th spot as the Championship was decided.
Two fine drives and points’ finishes lifted Gordon to 48 cumulative points and 12th position in the Independent Drivers Championship.
Gordon comments after a memorable day’s racing: “It was another day of what could have been. We showed we had true race pace and I was in the thick of the action all day. Dropping out of the first race didn’t help as it put us well down the grid for race 2. But in race 2 and 3 I was able to pass other cars and run with the best of them. Closing the year with the fastest lap in the last race of 2009 is some consolation. We’ll be back next year to build on what we’ve started”.
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