Tuesday 3 August 2010

Gordon to flash the champagne after winning HiQ award

Gordon Shedden has already guaranteed himself a bottle of bubbly ahead of the latest round of Dunlop British Touring Car Championship action, after being crowned as HiQ’s Champagne Moment winner.

The popular Scot polled hundreds of votes since his star turn at Croft before the mid-season break, when he secured race wins to put him third in the driver standings.

It is the first time Gordon has won the accolade, after narrowly missing out on several occasions in 2008, and he will now go into this weekend’s action at Snetterton with renewed optimism.

He polled 44 per cent of the vote, beating Andrew Jordan (25 per cent) and Steven Kane (9 per cent).

Gordon admitted his surprise at winning the HiQ Champagne Moment, and thought it was usually kept on ice for rival Jason Plato.

He said: “I don’t normally win awards like this so it is very nice to receive this recognition from so many fans. I get a massive buzz from being behind the wheel and I consider myself as one of the luckiest guys alive to be racing in this series.

“To win the HiQ Champagne Moment just makes things even sweeter and I look forward to getting my hands on the bubbly!”

David Arneil, of Falkirk, was picked at random to present Gordon with his bottle of champagne and will also win a bottle for himself, as well as a grid walk and a pair of complimentary weekend race passes.

HiQ’s marketing manager Geraldine McGovern said: “We thought the champagne moment award would be between Gordon and Andrew, and so it proved.

“The only thing we were surprised at was the fact that Gordon hasn’t won a champagne moment before now. He’s not only a popular driver, but an extremely talented one and we wish him well at Snetterton this weekend.”

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