The pressure will really be on Colin Turkington this weekend as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship enters its penultimate event of the season at Silverstone.
The Portadown driver is currently third in the points standings and it is essential that he scores highly if he is to have any chance of regaining the title which he first won in 2009.
Even by the high standards set by Turkington, his return to the BTCC this season has been nothing short of a revelation.
His eBay Motors squad built an all-new BMW 125i M Sport ahead of the season and despite taking an early win at Donington Park, the Ulsterman found himself nearly 60 points off the championship lead following the first three events.
Over the next five weekends Turkington outscored every other driver and his total of five wins and ten podiums have thrust him into championship contention.
Shedden, Turkington and Neal are separated by four points after 24 races.
Honda racer Shedden said: “I have certainly not given up hope on retaining my championship that’s for sure. The key is getting to Brands Hatch still in with a chance, which has been my aim all year,” he said. The biggest and most successful motor racing championship in the UK is now reaching a critical stage in the 2013 campaign as it makes its second trip to Northamptonshire in as many weeks after a dramatic event at Rockingham.
Rounds 25, 26 and 27 will be contested around the 1.64 miles of the Silverstone National circuit, with the world famous venue playing host to the most action-packed four-wheeled racing in the country. The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship may have four former champions on its hugely impressive grid, but it is Andrew Jordan who is targeting a maiden title after recently putting some air between himself and his main rivals. The Pirtek Racing driver had occupied second position in the standings for much of the season, but when championship leader Matt Neal endured his worst weekend of 2013 at Rockingham, Jordan took maximum advantage by claiming two impressive wins.
Jordan now holds a 30 point advantage with just six races remaining, whilst Neal slipped from first to fourth in just one extremely challenging afternoon for the Honda driver.