Matt Neal was a man with a plan arriving at the second round of the 2016 British Touring Car Championship season at Donington Park.
A run of strong results at the first event at Brands Hatch meant he arrived at Donington at the head of the championship table, and therefore carrying 75kg of success ballast. A 12th place finish in Race 1 might appear subdued, but it still scored points and, crucially, meant he shed all the extra weight for Race 2.
With the Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R on song, Matt carved through the field up to sixth place in Race 2, which translated to third on the grid for Race 3 when eighth-placed Sam Tordoff was drawn on pole. Tordoff and team-mate Jack Goff drove into the distance, but Matt knew the soft tyres on their BMWs would fade later in the race. And so it proved, Matt dispatching both with ease at his favourite passing place, McLeans. He still holds the championship lead, albeit with a slim five-point margin to team-mate Gordon Shedden.
Only Motors’ roving BTCC reporter, Lewis Maundrell, caught up with Matt after his Race 3 win.
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