Neal Cautious on Title Chances

British Touring Car Championship points leader Matt Neal is refusing to believe that the title is his for the taking just yet, despite extending his advantage with a victory and two-second placed finishes at Oulton Park on Sunday

Neal Cautious on Title Chances

The Team Halfords Honda driver saw his main rivals hit trouble throughout the dramatic three races and he now holds a 24 points advantage over teammate Dan Eaves in the points standings, with Vauxhall's Yvan Muller third overall but 15 points further adrift.

Despite his comfortable position in the title chase, however, Neal is remaining cautious about his chances - especially after Seat's Jason Plato proved the manufacturer were back in the hunt after taking their first win of the season on Sunday.

"Oulton Park was really good to me," said Neal. "Three podium finishes with a lot of success ballast in my car are fantastic results, but I'm not naive enough to think the rest can't catch me.

"One non-finish, like Yvan in race three (who retired with a broken suspension), and it will be back to square one. Seat is going to be very strong from now on and Vauxhall is not far away with a car that it is still developing."

Muller, whose exit came after a collision with Richards Williams' Lexus on the opening lap of the final race of the day, was confident that he could yet close down Neal.

"It's not over yet and we are still learning more about the Astra with every race meeting," he explained. "If we find just one tenth of a second per lap, it will make all the difference - we will be right on the pace of the Halfords cars and then we can try to pressure them into a few mistakes."

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