Neal sets Brands Hatch pace

Matt Neal was fastest during official testing for this year's British Touring Car Championship - despite completing only half the test due to illness

Neal sets Brands Hatch pace

The Nissan Primera driver topped the timesheet with a lap of 46.379s around the 1.2-mile Brands Hatch Indy circuit on Thursday.

Despite suffering from stomach pains, the Stourbridge driver out-paced the works teams in his Team Dynamics-prepared car with nearest challenger Alain Menu in second place.

Neal said: "I've had bad stomach pains for the last week so to set fastest time here was really good -I feel much better now.

"The car is great but at high speed it was a bit nervous.

"That was probably due to the windy conditions today, but there are still some adjustments to be made.

"It's early days yet, but this is a great start to the season for Team Dynamics."

Vauxhall's French ace Yvan Muller and Ford's Swedish star Rickard Rydell shared third spot, with Gabriele Tarquini in fifth spot.

British hero Anthony Reid was sixth quickest.

Top ten:


























































Pos


Driver


Car


Time


1


M Neal


Nissan


46.379


2


A Menu


Ford


46.415


3=


Y Muller


Vauxhall


46.547


3=


R Rydell


Ford


46.547


5


G Tarquini


Honda


46.729


6


A Reid


Ford


46.814


7


T Kristensen


Honda


46.818


8


J Thompson


Honda


47.192


9


V Radermecker


Vauxhall


47.192


10


C Blair


Nissan


48.099

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