BTCC thrilling finale with a Scottish champion

WAY TO GO: Usain Bolt-like celebration by Gordon Shedden, Champion of the BTCC 2012 season.

GORDON Shedden left the Kent venue as the newly crowned 2012 British Touring Car Champion. Shedden, from Fife, became the first Scottish driver to lift the UK prize since his own hero, John Cleland, in 1995.
Matt Neal and first-time winners Aron Smith and Frank Wrathall shared the victories in the final three races of the Dunlop MSA BTCC season on a wet Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. Furthermore, drivers and teams using Honda’s Civic model have achieved a clean sweep of all five BTCC titles. In addition to Shedden, Andrew Jordan collected the Independent Drivers Trophy, Honda/Dynamics the Manufacturers/Constructors Championship and the Honda Yuasa Racing Team and Pirtek Racing the outright HiQ and Independent teams’ trophies respectively.
For Shedden, being crowned BTCC Champion is a boyhood dream come true. The 33-year-old from Dalgety Bay commented: “All I ever wanted as a kid was to race touring cars – it was never about F1 – and it was John Cleland who was my hero when I used to go and catch a glimpse of the BTCC at my home track of Knockhill in Fife.”

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