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15 August 2021

Knockhill - A Rollercoaster weekend sees a string of top 10 finishes for Halfords Racing with Cataclean!

After a fantastic weekend at Oulton Park, it was a slightly more difficult weekend that greeted the team at Knockhill.

Halfords Racing with Cataclean came to Gordon’s home circuit looking for more points to bolster their Championship positions.

Free practice started well with Flash topping the times, but that couldn’t be replicated again during the weekend with Gordon qualifying in 11th place and Dan struggling to find a setup with the weight he was comfortable with, eventually ending up in 19th.

Race 1 saw both drivers pushing on through the field with Gordon ultimately coming home in 8th place and Dan claiming the final points paying position in 15th.

Race 2 again saw Gordon quick from the off, using his local knowledge to make up places and finish 5th, the race had a safety car period early on which bunched up the traffic, this benefited Dan as he unfortunately had an off and had to pit to have the radiators cleared, but he battled hard from the rear of the grid to finish in 18th place.

Race 3 was again littered with safety cars, Gordon started fifth and managed to finish in 4th place, pushing Jelly right until the end for that elusive podium position.  Dan drove a stella race bringing the car home in 10th position.

This sees Gordon sitting 4th in the Championship with 129 points and Dan sitting 7th just 8 points behind him.

“Well, that was a tough weekend!” Gordon Shedden commented “I couldn’t quite get to the sharp end in qualifying, but I was only two tenths off pole and that put me 11th!  so it shows you how close it is around here.  Then it was a case of grinding out the results, but I’m happy to come away with an 8th, a 5th, and a 4th as that brings me right back in contention in the Championship.  We usually go well at Thruxton so I’ll be hoping I can get a good points haul there as well!”

Daniel Rowbottom concluded “Well that just wasn’t my weekend, I couldn’t quite get the car hooked up the way I needed it. Race 1 I gradually made my way through the field, but it is incredibly hard to overtake here, particularly with the entire field being covered by only one second!  Race 2 I unfortunately had to pit after an excursion led to me filling the radiator full of grass and gravel and that then put me completely on the back foot for race three. But the car came alive in race 3 and I managed to scythe my way through to a top ten finish, so we finished on a high with me winning the Jack Sears Trophy again.”

The team now go to Thruxton in two weeks’ time in search of more podiums, points, and trophies!

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