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History-maker Neal aims to ‘capitalise’ at local circuit

Tuesday, April 24 2018

Halfords Yuasa Racing's Matt Neal is aiming to kick start his season at Donington Park this weekend, after a promising debut for the brand new Honda Civic Type R was undone by a variety of misfortune at the Brands Hatch season-opener.

Neal is an eight-time Donington Park winner, which includes the history-making race in 1999 where he became the first Independent entrant to ever win a BTCC race outright, scooping him a cool £250,000!

With the aggressive new car proving extremely quick on its debut, qualifying third in the hands of newcomer Dan Cammish, and sixth with Neal, the series legend is optimistic of strong results at his local circuit, especially with the bonus of carrying zero success ballast!

"Donington is my home circuit, so I always get a lot of friends and family coming along to support me, which is great. I have good memories there too, which invariably gives me an extra boost going back.

"We learned a bit more about the new Civic Type R at Brands Hatch. It's quite a different beast to its predecessor and we still have more work to do to fully refine it, but I'm hopeful that with its strong engine and sleek silhouette, it will prove well-suited to Donington, especially through the high speed stuff."

Neal's sean-opener at Brands Hatch was graced with misfortune. After his strong qualifying, he was forced out of contention in race one, and then opted for dry tyres in race two, which as Senna Proctor proved was the right call. But Neal was again used as target practice, leaving him to restore pride with a 17-place gain in race three to net 12th place.

"Whilst I'd obviously rather have the points in the bag, the disappointment at Brands means I won't be carrying any weight in qualifying or race one so I need to make sure I take advantage of that and really capitalise on the situation. The aim is to come away with three solid points finishes."

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