Neal Wins Race 2 at Knockhill

Matt Neal avenged his defeat by title rival Yvan Muller earlier today with victory in the second British Touring Car Championship race at Knockhill

Neal Wins Race 2 at Knockhill

The Team Dynamics Honda Integra-R driver passed the Frenchman's Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch on the inside of the right-hander at Clark on lap nine and survived a late-race Safety Car period to triumph by 0.768 seconds.

Muller held onto second place despite severe pressure from the Arena Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R of Tom Chilton.

Chilton had earlier made his way up from fifth on the grid, working past Neal's teammate Dan Eaves, who had much of the filed queued up behind him while grappling with gearbox difficulties before retiring with a damper problem.

The second Astra of Colin Turkington claimed fourth after an eventful race, surviving a late race run off track at Duffus Dip to hold off the SEAT of Luke Hines.

Hines himself came close to losing out to the charging third Integra of Championship returnee Gareth Howell.

Howell had come through from the back of the grid after retiring from race one, but lost ground to Hines after having to lift off to avoid hitting him.

The remains of the top ten were made up of the protagonists from an increasingly frenetic battle for tenth place.

The independent MG ZS of Jason Hughes led Jason Plato's SEAT home for seventh place, but it was another independent runner, Mark Proctor in his ex-Rob Collard Astra Coupe, who took pole for race three after finishing behind the WSR MG of Rob Collard and holding off the bio-ethanol powered Coupe of Fiona Leggate.

CLASSIFIED:

Pos  Driver              Car                    Time
 1.  Matt Neal           Honda Integra          26:16.364
 2.  Yvan Muller         Vauxhall Astra         +   0.768
 3.  Tom Chilton         Honda Civic Type-R     +   1.043
 4.  Colin Turkington    Vauxhall Astra         +   1.508
 5.  Luke Hines          SEAT Toledo Cupra      +   2.182
 6.  Gareth Howell       Honda Integra          +   4.511
 7.  Jason Hughes        MG ZS                  +  20.474
 8.  Jason Plato         SEAT Toledo Cupra      +  25.357
 9.  Rob Collard         MG ZS                  +  25.856
10.  Mark Proctor        Vauxhall Astra Coupe   +  26.438
11.  Fiona Leggate       Vauxhall Astra Coupe   +  26.630
12.  James Pickford      SEAT Toledo Cupra      +  42.982

NOT CLASSIFIED/RETIREMENTS:

     Driver              Car                  On Lap
     Gavin Smith         Vauxhall Astra         14
     Richard Williams    Lexus IS200            14
     Ian Curley          Lexus IS200            14
     Dan Eaves           Honda Integra          11
     James Kaye          Honda Civic Type-R      1
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