BTCC: Gordon Shedden relaxed ahead of title showdown at Brands Hatch
Points leader Gordon Shedden says he is relaxed and confident ahead of the BTCC showdown at Brands Hatch on Sunday.
Last Updated: 15/10/12 3:27pm
The Scotsman, who is chasing the first BTCC title of his career, holds a 15-point lead over Jason Plato heading into the final race of the season.
Two-time champion Plato won two races at Silverstone last time out to eat into his rival's advantage, but Shedden is adamant that he will not wilt under the pressure.
"I'm feeling relaxed and actually quietly confident," the Honda Yuasa Racing Team driver said.
"Silverstone was our car's bogey circuit and we came out of it still ahead. I'd rather have the points in the bag any day of the week.
"As championship leader it means I'll have to start the weekend (qualifying and Sunday's first race) with maximum success ballast in my car but the Civic's chassis around Brands's high-speed corners should really come into its own."
Plato, meanwhile, says his MG KX Momentum Racing MG6 package has been improving lately and he thinks the points deficit can be overtuned.
Plato said: "We've had some rotten luck along the way but our persistence eventually paid off at Silverstone when finally we split the Hondas (Shedden and Matt Neal) in the points table.
"People have to remember, even with a great team like Triple Eight Race Engineering behind our car, it is still MG's first season back in the BTCC for nine years.
"I believe we have an even better chassis than Honda. Fifteen points is a big ask but I missed the title by five points on the Brands GP track three years ago having gone into the day 28 behind. Hello, Gordon..."
Defending champion Neal lies third in the table, 31 points adrift of Shedden while Andrew Jordan can also still mathematically win the title, being 61 points behind with 67 up for grabs.