BTCC Knockhill: Matt Neal wins race two to close on points lead

Matt Neal won a bruising second British Touring Car championship race at Knockhill to move to within three points of the championship lead

BTCC Knockhill: Matt Neal wins race two to close on points lead

The Honda Civic Type R driver battled his way to the front of the pack on his softer Dunlop tyres as those ahead tripped over each other.

Jason Plato led the majority of the event in his Team BMR Subaru, but he was under attack from the WSR BMW duo of Sam Tordoff and Jack Goff and also from his BMR team-mate Colin Turkington

Neal leapt up to third as Goff and Turkington tripped over each other coming out of the Taylor's Hairpin on lap 22, and then jumped both Tordoff and Plato as the pair battled out of the hairpin two laps later.

Neal was then left clear to win with Tordoff second, Plato third and Turkington fourth.

"That was a great race," said Neal. "Early on, I was bottled up behind Andrew Jordan's car, and I was losing time.

"Once I got up to the leaders, I could see that Tordoff was being held up by Jason and he was placing the car just right and backing them both up, so I took my chance.

"The Honda Civic was monstrous, and it bodes well for [team-mate] Flash [Gordon Shedden], who is on the soft tyres for race three."

WSR BMW 125i M Sport man Collard battled up from 17th on the grid to fifth, ahead of Mat Jackson's Ford Focus and the ailing Goff.

The top 10 was rounded off by Jordan's Ford Focus, Shedden's Honda Civic Type-R and Aiden Moffat's Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

The reserved grid draw was pulled by British GT champion Jonny Adam. He picked Jackson's Focus for pole position by drawing out the number six.

RACE TWO RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 27 25m42.020s
2 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 27 1.249s
3 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 27 2.340s
4 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 27 2.830s
5 Rob Collard WSR BMW 27 2.836s
6 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 27 3.640s
7 Jack Goff WSR BMW 27 4.175s
8 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 27 4.756s
9 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 27 5.554s
10 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 27 6.706s
11 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 27 10.914s
12 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 27 13.192s
13 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 27 15.079s
14 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 27 18.559s
15 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 27 19.576s
16 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 27 25.630s
17 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 27 32.399s
18 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 27 33.788s
19 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 27 34.434s
20 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 27 35.408s
21 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 27 35.538s
22 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 26 1 Lap
23 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen 26 1 Lap
- Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 25 Retirement
- Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 25 Retirement
- Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 24 Retirement
- Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 20 Retirement
- Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 15 Retirement
- Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 9 Retirement
- Michael Caine Team Hard Toyota 0 Not started
- Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 0 Retirement


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