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Matt Neal: “I’m still very motivated to win races”

Monday, July 28 2014

Triple Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Matt Neal aims to turn his season around at Snetterton this weekend (2/3 August) and is targeting wins in the Honda Civic Tourer.

Matt's championship challenge came off the rails with a series of retirements in the last three meetings. A fighting second place at Croft ended in disqualification after failing a ride-height test, effectively ending the veteran's title push.

"I put this more down to bad fortune, that's the way it goes, there's no use dwelling on it," said Matt. "However, as a team what we have achieved with the Tourer, I think, is outstanding to get the speed and consistency we have.

"I have been around long enough to read the way it's going and with a 100-point deficit to (Colin) Turkington I am realistically out of it. With Flash [Shedden] sitting second and right on Turkington's tail, how utterly amazing would it be for him to be fighting for the title at the last race in an estate car, let alone winning it? The decision for me going forward is not hard: if I can help make Flash champion and work with him for the teams and manufacturers championships, I'll finish the year smiling."

The Hondas performed well at Snetterton in 2013, but Matt feels that this weekend's winners are impossible to predict: "Andy [Jordan] and Flash won last year because it was carnage and the dice fell their way. The MGs were quick last year but Jason Plato got taken out, the BMWs seem to be quick everywhere, so who knows?"

Despite a winless campaign so far this season, Matt certainly doesn't rule himself out and offers a warning to his opponents: ""People should be under no illusion I am still very motivated and hungry to win races and anyone who thinks otherwise does so at their peril."

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton are available from £26, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.