Matt Neal leads Honda one-two in Donington Park BTCC finale

Matt Neal took his first victory of the 2016 British Touring Car Championship season in the third race at Donington Park to retain his position atop the points table

Matt Neal leads Honda one-two in Donington Park BTCC finale

Neal led home Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R team-mate Gordon Shedden in a second one-two of the campaign for the Japanese car.

The Honda duo had initially followed the WSR BMW 125i M Sports of polesitter Sam Tordoff and Jack Goff, who moved into second place on lap three.

But the two rear-wheel-drive cars were on the softer Dunlop rubber, and Neal and Shedden tracked their prey until the tyres wilted.

Neal jumped into the lead with three laps to go, while Shedden took second the next time around.

Neal said: "It was our plan to wait until the BMWs faded, but plans don't always come together.

"I was worried that Tordoff's tyres were hanging on and hanging on, and I wondered whether the race would come back to me - but thankfully it did."

Tordoff claimed third, but Goff plummeted to sixth. He was passed by race two winner and team-mate Rob Collard with two laps to go.

Rookie Ash Sutton's MG also passed Goff before the flag.

Aiden Moffat brought his Ciceley Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class home in seventh ahead of the Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis of Rob Austin.

The soft-tyred Josh Cook and Andrew Jordan rounded out the top 10.

RESULTS - 16 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 19m08.350s
2 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.222s
3 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 2.690s
4 Rob Collard WSR BMW 2.908s
5 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 4.142s
6 Jack Goff WSR BMW 9.245s
7 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 9.379s
8 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 13.028s
9 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 17.535s
10 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 18.146s
11 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 18.275s
12 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 18.289s
13 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 18.902s
14 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 19.572s
15 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 24.260s
16 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 24.796s
17 Chris Smiley Team Hard Toyota 24.993s
18 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 25.204s
19 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 25.434s
20 Kelvin Fletcher Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 28.111s
21 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 31.428s
22 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 34.259s
23 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 38.970s
24 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 40.487s
- Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda Retirement
- Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi Retirement
- Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes Retirement
- Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru Retirement
- Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota Retirement
- Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen Retirement
- James Cole Team BMR Subaru Not started

DRIVERS' CHAMPIONSHIP

Pos Driver Points
1 Matt Neal 78
2 Gordon Shedden 73
3 Jack Goff 66
4 Rob Collard 64
5 Mat Jackson 61
6 Sam Tordoff 56
7 Aron Taylor-Smith 56
8 Ash Sutton 55
9 Josh Cook 46
10 Adam Morgan 45
11 Andrew Jordan 44
12 Tom Ingram 39
13 Aiden Moffat 32
14 Jeff Smith 26
15 Rob Austin 21
16 Hunter Abbott 11
17 Colin Turkington 10
18 Martin Depper 5
19 Daniel Welch 5
20 Jason Plato 3
21 Michael Epps 3
22 Jake Hill 3

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