Knockhill BTCC: Neal sneaks through for Race 2 win in epic battle

Matt Neal took advantage of a sensational tussle between the leading rear-wheel drive quartet of Jason Plato, Sam Tordoff, Colin Turkington and Jack Goff to slip through in his Honda with three laps to go and take victory in the second race of the day at Knockhill from eighth on the grid.

Knockhill BTCC: Neal sneaks through for Race 2 win in epic battle
Matt Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing
Hunter Abbott, Power Maxed Racing
Josh Cook, MG Racing RCIB Insurance
Rob Austin, Handy Motorsport
James Cole, Silverline Subaru BMR Racing
Aiden Moffat, Laser Tools Racing
Andrew Jordan, Pirtek Racing
Jason Plato, Silverline Subaru BMR Racing
Matt Simpson, Speedworks Motorsport
Gordon Shedden, Halfords Yuasa Racing

Team BMR Subaru driver Plato seemed set to take his second win in as many races after the 48-year-old put on a defensive master class during the race, fighting off the attacks of West Surrey Racing drivers Goff and Tordoff as well as Subaru teammate Turkington during the first 25 laps.

The safety car was out at the end of the first lap after the Eurotech Honda of Martin Depper crashed out at Duffus Dip, and with Team BMR’s Warren Scott also spun out by Team BKR’s Mark Howard at Butcher’s, with both cars requiring rescue.

When the race resumed, Plato was intially forced to fight off Goff’s BMW and Turkington’s Subaru while championship leader Tordoff was picking his way forward after dropping down at the start.

Tordoff was up to fourth by the end of lap five and soon joined the race leading trio. Turkington passed Goff’s BMW at Clark’s and then set about fighting his teammate for the lead of the race, while Goff allowed his teammate Tordoff through a lap later.

Tordoff then overtook Turkington for second position on the straight, but the Northern Irishman got the position back a lap later with his favoured move down the inside at the final hairpin.

The Turkington, Tordoff and Plato battle continued on, with Goff keeping a watchful brief. Tordoff retook second from Turkington on lap 19 while the top four continued to slow each other down, allowing the soft tyre-shod Neal to close in.

Turkington and Goff both slid out wide at the final turn on lap 22 as the Subaru driver tried to hold back the BMW, allowing Neal through into the final podium spot.

Three laps later and Neal made his move on Tordoff for second at the start of lap 25, and wasted no time catching and passing Plato at the hairpin, whose tyres were now well past their best after defending for the whole race, with the Subaru driver also dropping behind Tordoff to finish third.

Neal’s win moves him to within three points of Tordoff in the drivers’ championship, while Rob Collard remains third, 15 points behind in the standings after putting on an impressive drive of his own, climbing from 17th to fifth in the race.

The final race of the day will see Mat Jackson on pole in the Motorbase Ford with the top six reversed, starting ahead of the BMW of Collard and the Subaru of Turkington.

Race 2 results - Top 10:

PosDriver Car Laps  Time  Delay 
Matt Neal Honda 27 25'42.020  
Sam Tordoff BMW 27 25'43.269 1.249
Jason Plato Subaru 27 25'44.360 2.340
Colin Turkington Subaru 27 25'44.850 2.830
Rob Collard BMW 27 25'44.856 2.836
Mat Jackson Ford 27 25'45.660 3.640
Jack Goff BMW 27 25'46.195 4.175
Andrew Jordan Ford 27 25'46.776 4.756
Gordon Shedden Honda 27 25'47.574 5.554
10  Aiden Moffat Mercedes 27 25'48.726 6.706

Neil Hudson / TouringCarTimes

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