GORDON SHEDDEN is in pole position to claim a second British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) title ahead of this weekend's penultimate round at Silverstone.

The 36-year-old, looking to add to the title he won in 2012, leads the series by six points from closest rival Jason Plato after taking one race win and a second place during the previous round at Rockingham.

Shedden accumulated 45 points over the three races to move on to 286 in the standings but is one of five former champions occupying the top five positions, while 11 drivers still have a mathematical chance of winning the 2015 crown at Brands Hatch on 11th October.

'Flash' and Plato have controlled proceedings for much of the year, with the Dalgety Bay racer hitting the summit for the first time after victory at Thruxton in round three, before Plato took top spot at Outlon Park.

The championship lead has continued to change hands between the two but now just six races stand between Shedden and the title.

He said, "Rockingham just goes to show how close it is out there and how quickly everything can change. It could come down to just one or two points at the end of the season so I’ll take every one I can get at this stage. I’m sure it’s going to be tough for us at Silverstone but we’ve got to keep grinding out the results and getting the points – we’ve got to stay in the hunt as our car will be very quick at Brands Hatch.”

Qualifying at Silverstone will take place on Saturday afternoon before what promises to be a thrilling day of racing takes place on Sunday.

Shedden claimed the crown three years ago after the final round at Brands Hatch, finishing 21 points clear of nearest rival and Honda Yuasa team-mate Matt Neal.