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British Touring Car Championship

Shedden moves on after 12 years in BTCC

Three-time British Touring Car Champion Gordon Shedden has announced he won't return to the championship in 2018, ending a run that began in 2006.

Gordon Shedden won his third BTCC title in 2016

The Scottish driver, affectionately known as Flash, has taken 48 race victories on the way to the drivers' championship in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

Today is a really difficult and emotional day for me," said Shedden. "I can confirm I will not be competing in the British Touring Car Championship in 2018, which obviously means I will not be racing with Honda and Team Dynamics.

"They have been part of my life for the last 11 years and I have been made to feel a part of the family.

“Steve and Matt Neal gave me a chance in 2006, and we haven’t looked back since. From a Fiesta racer to a triple British Touring Car Champion, I could not have dreamed of the success we have achieved together.

"That success, along with Matt’s three championships, is a testament to the hard work, determination and passion that is intrinsic in the team. To Steve, Matt, [Technical Director] Barry Plowman and everyone at Team Dynamics I will be forever grateful, in particular my race engineer Eddie Hinckley, who has engineered my car since 2006!

“I am very lucky to have had such a successful partnership with the team, Honda and all our sponsors. We have been on a huge journey together, achieving multiple Teams’, Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ Championships.

"Along the way, we have had a lot of fun and created memories I will take and cherish forever. It may be the end of a chapter, but it won’t be the end of the friendships I have made.”

“Gordon is a part of our family and success story," added Matt Neal. "He’s got a new and exciting opportunity and we would never hold him back from that. We wish him the very best of success in his new challenge – he’s a phenomenal competitor and he’s certainly talented enough! One thing is for sure – despite ‘Flash’ racing elsewhere this season, he’ll always remain part of our Dynamics family and part of our team.”

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British Touring Car Championship