Matt Neal reinstated in fourth after qualifying result amended

Matt Neal reinstated in fourth after qualifying result amended

Matt Neal
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Matt Neal has been reinstated in fourth on the grid for Sunday’s first British Touring Car Championship race at Snetterton, after the Honda driver’s lap time, which was deleted for failing a ride height check, was reinstated.

Neal had his best lap time deleted after around 20 minutes in the qualifying session, dropping to the bottom of the timesheets before going on to put in a subsequent time of 1:57.564 that proved to be only good enough for 23rd.

However the three-time champion has since had his best time reinstated after further investigations following an appeal by the team, giving Neal back fourth on the grid for the first race, 0.829 seconds adrift of pole-sitter Jack Goff.

A non-official was assisting with the weighing and ride-height checking process, which is not permitted by the regulations, which state that only registered scrutineers and officials may enter the weighing / ride height checking area.

Amended qualifying results

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 9 1:55.786 0.000
2 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 13 1:56.246 0.460
3 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 13 1:56.375 0.589
4 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 9 1:56.615 0.829
5 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 12 1:56.663 0.877
6 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 13 1:56.686 0.900
7 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 11 1:56.790 1.004
8 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 13 1:56.864 1.078
9 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 12 1:57.024 1.238
10 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 13 1:57.025 1.239
11 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 12 1:57.057 1.271
12 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 9 1:57.067 1.281
13 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 6 1:57.140 1.354
14 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 12 1:57.171 1.385
15 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 11 1:57.191 1.405
16 2 M Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 11 1:57.262 1.476
17 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 11 1:57.275 1.489
18 28 M Josh PRICE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 13 1:57.342 1.556
19 17 Dave NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 12 1:57.368 1.582
20 66 Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 9 1:57.421 1.635
21 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 11 1:57.443 1.657
22 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 13 1:57.449 1.663
23 39 Brett SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 11 1:57.462 1.676
24 303 M Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 11 1:57.590 1.804
25 40 M Árón TAYLOR-SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 10 1:57.661 1.875
26 20 M James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 12 1:57.707 1.921
27 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 11 1:57.718 1.932
28 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 8 1:58.311 2.525
29 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 10 1:58.406 2.620
30 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 11 1:58.805 3.019
31 95 Stewart LINES Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 12 2:00.751 4.965