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.
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.
|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|