Matt Neal retakes title lead with race three win

The final British Touring Car Championship race at Donington Park saw Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal become the sixth different winner in as many races this season.

Neal now resumes his position at the top of the drivers’ standings with 78 points, just five ahead of team mate. Gordon Shedden. The pair made it a Honda 1-2, ahead of reverse grid pole sitter, WSR’s Sam Tordoff, who completed the podium.

With the Dunlop soft tyre, both Tordoff and Team IHG’s Jack Goff were able to storm to the front of the field at the start of the race, but suffered as tyre degradation set in after the halfway point.

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Both Neal and Shedden, who had used their soft tyres earlier in the day, were able to capitalise in the latter stages of the race to surge to the sharp end of the field.

Despite being on full success ballast, WSR’s Rob Collard again made his way up the field to narrowly miss out on third place by 0.218 seconds, showing his pedigree as a contender for this year’s title.

MG’s Ashley Sutton was able to make inroads into the points, finishing his weekend in sixth, ahead of Goff and Aidan Moffatt, who started in ninth place.

Adam Morgan would end up going off into the gravel on lap 6 in sector 2, as Team BMR’s Warren Scott stopped his Subaru Levorg at the end of pit lane on the very same lap.

Jake Hill also suffered another DNF, as did Team BKR’s Mark Howard, who was shoved into the infield on lap one. The former Clio Cup driver would limp his VW CC to pit lane with heavy damage to the right rear.

Despite promising form from Eurotech Racing, Jeff Smith’s race would come to an abrupt end on the last lap, with the bonnet lifted up on his Civic Type-R.

Both the Motorbase pairing of Andrew Jordan and Mat Jackson also fell back down the order, as they battled the field and each other, whilst using the soft tyres. Jordan would round out the top ten, whilst Jackson finished ahead of Arón Smith.

Martin Depper would have one of his best races of the season so far, as the Eurotech driver would take 11th place at the finish line from Power Maxed Racing’s Hunter Abbott by just 0.014 seconds.

This race also saw Team HARD BTCC rookie Mike Epps take his first points on the year, as the ex-single seater driver took a well-deserved 13th place.

The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship now moves to Thruxton in just three weeks’ time, as Matt Neal will look to keep his spot at the top of the table.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME/GAP BEST GD
1 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 19:08.350 1:10.866 3
2 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 0.222 1:10.770 5
3 600 C Sam TORDOFF Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport 16 2.69 1:10.628 1
4 100 C Rob COLLARD Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport 16 2.908 1:10.906 8
5 116 M Ashley SUTTON MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 16 4.142 1:10.804 13
6 31 C Jack GOFF Team IHG Rewards Club BMW 125i M Sport 16 9.245 1:10.545 4
7 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 9.379 1:11.074 9
8 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 16 13.028 1:10.773 10
9 66 M Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 16 17.535 1:11.287 2
10 77 Andrew JORDAN Motorbase Performance Ford Focus 16 18.146 1:11.191 12
11 30 Martin DEPPER Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 16 18.275 1:11.410 17
12 53 Hunter ABBOTT Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze 16 18.289 1:11.533 14
13 12 Mike EPPS RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis 16 18.902 1:11.286 24
14 7 Mat JACKSON Motorbase Performance Ford Focus 16 19.572 1:11.009 7
15 40 Árón SMITH BKR Volkswagen CC 16 24.26 1:11.356 6
16 99 M Jason PLATO Subaru Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT 16 24.796 1:11.365 20
17 22 Chris SMILEY TLC Racing Toyota Avensis 16 24.993 1:11.722 21
18 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Subaru Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT 16 25.204 1:11.293 28
19 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 16 25.434 1:11.357 15
20 84 Kelvin FLETCHER Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze 16 28.111 1:11.794 30
21 95 Stewart LINES Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 16 31.428 1:12.080 25
22 14 Alex MARTIN Dextra Racing with Team Parker Ford Focus 16 34.259 1:11.947 16
23 303 Matt SIMPSON Speedworks Motorsport Honda Civic Type R 16 38.97 1:11.847 22
24 17 Dan WELCH Goodestone Racing Proton Persona 16 40.487 1:11.690 27
25 55 Jeff SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 2 Laps 1:10.932 18
R 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD Tuning Audi S3 12 4 Laps 1:11.772 29
R 33 Adam MORGAN WIX Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 5 11 Laps 1:10.751 11
R 39 M Warren SCOTT Subaru Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT 4 12 Laps 1:12.016 19
R 24 Jake HILL RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis 2 14 Laps 1:20.995 26
R 38 Mark HOWARD BKR Volkswagen CC 1 15 Laps 2:34.817 23
NS 20 M James COLE Subaru Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT DNS N/A 31

Complete race results

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