Knockhill BTCC: Matt Neal snatches race three win from Adam Morgan

Matt Neal made a penultimate-lap pass on Adam Morgan to snatch victory in the final British Touring Car Championship race at Knockhill

Knockhill BTCC: Matt Neal snatches race three win from Adam Morgan

Morgan had established a comfortable lead on two occasions in his Ciceley Racing Mercedes A-Class, but saw one wiped out by a safety car and the other by his own mistake.

Starting a reverse-grid finale on pole for the third time this season, Morgan led stable-mate Aiden Moffat away at the start and proceeded to space between himself and the Scottish youngster in the opening laps.

A dislodged tyre stack at the chicane required a one-lap safety car so it could be replaced, and on the restart Morgan pulled away from Moffat again - this time to the tune of more than three seconds as the Scot came under pressure from Neal.

Moffat made a mistake at the chicane on lap eight and ran slightly into the gravel, releasing Neal - though Morgan actually extended his lead slightly in the first couple of laps that Neal ran second.

Soon enough Neal started to take chunks out of the advantage, and had it down to 1.3 seconds when Morgan hit the tyre stack at the chicane with two laps left.

Debris covered the A-Class's radiator grill and although Morgan managed to dislodge it at the hairpin, Neal was on his tail - and dived inside a lap later when Morgan left a gap open at the same corner.

Morgan threw everything at the Civic Type-R on the final lap but could not get back ahead, and so had to settle for second.

Behind, Moffat lost out to Andy Priaulx in the race for the final podium slot - though was only denied a maiden BTCC rostrum by contact from the WSR driver at Scotsman.

Moffat did manage to fend off Rob Austin's Audi A4 to take fourth on the road, while championship leader Jason Plato ended a difficult weekend with a peak of sixth.

The Team BMR driver drove a strong defensive race in his Volkswagen CC, and kept Andrew Jordan at bay by little under a second after the MG man had his own mirrors full dealing with a train comprising Sam Tordoff, Gordon Shedden, Rob Collard and Mat Jackson.

Tordoff, from the back of the grid, got ahead of that group but then picked up suspension damage attempting to pass Austin and retired - while Collard briefly got ahead of Jordan as well, but spun at Leslie's after what looked like a mechanical failure.

That allowed Jordan to steal seventh ahead of Shedden's Honda, while Jackson and Eurotech Honda driver Martin Depper completed the top 10.

NEWS UPDATE: Priaulx penalty gives Moffat podium

RESULT - 25 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Matt Neal Honda Honda 22m36.425s
2 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 0.350s
3 Aiden Moffat Aiden Moffat Racing Mercedes 11.923s
4 Andy Priaulx WSR BMW 12.107s
5 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi 12.372s
6 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen 13.620s
7 Andrew Jordan MG MG 14.530s
8 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda 15.588s
9 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 17.872s
10 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 19.365s
11 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet 20.175s
12 Jack Goff MG MG 20.546s
13 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet 20.772s
14 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 22.274s
15 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen 22.864s
16 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 23.082s
17 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen 24.948s
18 Mike Bushell AmD Ford 28.439s
19 Robb Holland Handy Motorsport Toyota 33.322s
20 James Cole Motorbase Ford 33.916s
21 Alex Martin Team Parker Ford 35.555s
22 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 39.436s
23 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota 44.919s
- Rob Collard WSR BMW Retirement
- Sam Tordoff WSR BMW Retirement
- Warren Scott Team BMR Volkswagen Retirement
- Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti Retirement
- Kieran Gallagher Team Hard Toyota Not started

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Jason Plato 249
2 Gordon Shedden 238
3 Matt Neal 227
4 Colin Turkington 221
5 Andrew Jordan 219
6 Sam Tordoff 206
7 Andy Priaulx 205
8 Adam Morgan 188
9 Rob Collard 171
10 Jack Goff 170
11 Aron Taylor-Smith 122
12 Tom Ingram 105
13 Rob Austin 96
14 Dave Newsham 65
15 Mat Jackson 64
16 Aiden Moffat 60
17 Josh Cook 59
18 Martin Depper 39
19 Jeff Smith 28
20 Hunter Abbott 23
21 Warren Scott 23
22 Mike Bushell 9
23 James Cole 5
24 Barry Horne 3
25 Robb Holland 2
26 Simon Belcher 1
27 Derek Palmer Jr. 1
28 Daniel Welch 1
29 Kieran Gallagher 1


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