Winning in the BTCC was hard enough during the 1990s even if you had manufacturer machinery, so imagine what it was like if you were a privateer. Matt Neal doesn't have to, he was there. And he became comfortably the era's leading independent.
"The first few years I had in the BTCC, I'd have done double backflips just to get into the top 10," says the now three-time champion and mainstay of the factory Honda squad.
"That's how difficult it was for a privateer team against the works boys. These guys who win a race nowadays from a reversed-grid pole and with minimum weight - they haven't got a clue about just how hard it was for us to do what we did."