Neal boosts title bid with victory

Matt Neal hacked into Jason Plato's British Touring Car Championship lead as he took victory in the second race of the day at Knockhill

Neal boosts title bid with victory

Neal, who started fourth, passed both the slow-starting Alex MacDowall and Steven Kane on the run to the first corner, and then closed onto the tail of his Honda team-mate Gordon Shedden.

After running behind the race one winner during seven early laps behind the safety car, Neal out-braked Shedden at the hairpin and was able to keep the Scotsman behind him for the rest of the race.

While the Honda drivers scored a one-two finish - one that moved Neal back into second in the championship - there was a hard battle fought behind for the final podium spot.

Kane held third for most of the race, but was tapped up the rear by Plato's Chevrolet at the hairpin with three laps to go.

The Motorbase BMW driver lost momentum on the exit of the corner and was passed by Tom Chilton's Arena Ford at Duffus Dip. The pair made contact, spinning Kane off the track and into the innocent Tech-Speed Honda of Paul O'Neill.

While Kane was able to regain the circuit in fifth, O'Neill was relegated to 10th. Mat Jackson (Motorbase BMW), Tom Onslow-Cole (Arena Ford), Andrew Jordan (Eurotech Vauxhall) and MacDowall (Chevrolet) filled the positions in between.

The early safety car period was triggered when David Pinkney (Pinkney Vauxhall) spun at Leslie's on the first lap and cannoned into Rob Collard's WSR BMW, which was busy negotiating the next turn at McIntyres. Both were out on the spot.

Pos Driver Car Time/Gap 1. Matt Neal Honda 27m56.927s 2. Gordon Shedden Honda + 0.487s 3. Jason Plato Chevrolet + 3.161s 4. Tom Chilton Ford + 5.293s 5. Steven Kane BMW + 8.876s 6. Mat Jackson BMW + 9.293s 7. Tom Onslow-Cole Ford + 9.811s 8. Andrew Jordan Vauxhall + 10.242s 9. Alex MacDowall Chevrolet + 10.829s 10. Paul O'Neill Honda + 17.484s 11. James Nash Vauxhall + 18.526s 12. Andy Neate BMW + 23.700s 13. John George Honda + 25.344s 14. Tom Boardman SEAT + 29.189s 15. Jeff Smith Vauxhall + 31.333s 16. Shaun Hollamby Volkswagen + 42.304s Retirements: David Pinkney Vauxhall 0 laps Rob Collard BMW 0 laps 
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