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Neal Upbeat Over Honda's Progress

Matt Neal is confident that Team Dynamics is on course to cause a few problems for the British Touring Car Championship's pre-season favourites, Vauxhall and SEAT, following the first tests of his new Honda Integra Tyre-R.

Neal won races in the Civic Type-R last year and, although he admits that there are still some areas for improvement with his new car, he is upbeat about the progress that can be made ahead of the season start at Donington Park on April 9/10.

Speaking about the first impressions of the new car, Neal said: "There was more rear-end downforce, but I'm wise enough to know we need to work on certain areas to get it spot on.

"Is it a championship winner? If we get those areas sorted, then it will certainly give the others something to think about."

Neal's main rival for title glory will remain Vauxhall, which is hoping to grab its fifth consecutive BTCC title this year. Its new Astra Sport Hatch is currently in the middle of a major testing programme and former champion Yvan Muller is satisfied with the progress made so far.

"The results are positive and we made some constructive steps forward, especially with the damping, geometry and set-up," he said. "We understand the behaviour of the car a lot more now."

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