BTCC Snetterton: Neal promoted 19 places on grid after Honda appeal

Matt Neal's fastest time from British Touring Car Championship qualifying at Snetterton has been reinstated after an appeal from Honda, promoting him 19 places on Sunday's opening race grid

BTCC Snetterton: Neal promoted 19 places on grid after Honda appeal

Three-time BTCC champion Neal had recorded the third fastest time with 10 minutes of Saturday's half-hour qualifying session gone, but was deemed to have failed a ride height test on his return to the pits and subsequently had his times deleted.

With his car raised, Neal returned to the track before the end of the session but could only manage the 23rd fastest time.

Neal's Team Dynamics-run Honda outfit appealed the ride height decision after the session, on the basis that a non-official had assisted with weighing and ride height checking process.

BTCC rules stipulate that only registered officials and scrutineers can enter the weighing area.

The appeal was therefore upheld, reinstating Neal's fastest times from his first stint and promoting him to fourth on the grid for race one.

Neal's elevation demotes team-mate and championship leader Gordon Shedden to 21st.

STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 1m55.786s -
2 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 1m56.246s 0.460s
3 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 1m56.375s 0.589s
4 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m56.615s 0.829s
5 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 1m56.663s 0.877s
6 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 1m56.686s 0.900s
7 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 1m56.790s 1.004s
8 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 1m56.864s 1.078s
9 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 1m57.024s 1.238s
10 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1m57.025s 1.239s
11 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 1m57.057s 1.271s
12 Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen 1m57.067s 1.281s
13 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 1m57.140s 1.354s
14 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 1m57.171s 1.385s
15 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi 1m57.191s 1.405s
16 Tom Chilton Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m57.262s 1.476s
17 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 1m57.275s 1.489s
18 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 1m57.342s 1.556s
19 Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet 1m57.368s 1.582s
20 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 1m57.421s 1.635s
21 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m57.443s 1.657s
22 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet 1m57.449s 1.663s
23 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 1m57.462s 1.676s
24 Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda 1m57.590s 1.804s
25 Aron Taylor-Smith Triple Eight/MG MG 1m57.661s 1.875s
26 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 1m57.707s 1.921s
27 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m57.718s 1.932s
28 Will Burns Team Hard Volkswagen 1m58.311s 2.525s
29 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford 1m58.406s 2.620s
30 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford 1m58.805s 3.019s
31 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 2m00.751s 4.965s

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