Shedden confident of Civic Tourer advantage

photo-52012 BTCC champion Gordon Shedden believes the new Honda Civic Tourer can provide an edge for Honda Yuasa Racing, even over in-house rivals Pirtek Racing.

Honda moves to the estate shaped car this year and Shedden is certain it will provide yet another exciting factor to the racing in the BTCC come the beginning of the season.

“I think you’ll find it will add even more spice because there will be events where I’m sure where the hatch is faster, but I’m also confident that I know there will be some events where the Tourer will be better,” Shedden said.

“Lets just hope it pans out in the end, it will be great if we (and Pirtek Racing) are both in with a shot of it, both types of car I mean, the Tourer and the Hatch, and then it’s up to us to do the better job.”

The transition to the Tourer hasn’t been easy, but Shedden points to big leap in recent weeks, which has put the team back on track.

“Testing has been ok, quite tricky some of it but I’m glad the season didn’t start three weeks ago, were in a lot better shape now than we were then.”

The Tourer was superb in Shedden’s hands in the BTCC media day test at Donington Park, finishing just one thousandth of a second behind leader Andrew Jordan.

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Shedden is confident the Honda engineers can extract the potential from the new car.

“The engineers have worked very hard to keep the heartbeat of the Civic hatch and also to try and utilise the advantage of the Tourer, so hopefully it’s a step forward.”

The 35-year-old from Edinburgh has thirty four wins and nine pole positions to his name in the BTCC, as well as his aforementioned 2012 BTCC championship.

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