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Victory for Honda Yuasa BTCC

Monday, 11 June 2012

An excellent weekend of racing for the Honda Yuasa Racing Team saw both Matt and Flash claim victory in all three races. Great driving from the men behind the wheel saw Matt grab his two first place trophies in Race 1 and 3, and Flash claim his in Race 2. It was the team's best set of British Touring Car Championship results in 2012 and puts them in pole position in all three standings tables.

Up next is Croft on 24 June – remember to 'like' the official Honda BTCC Facebook page to keep up with all the action.

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Great Recovery at Thruxton BTCC

Monday, 30 April 2012

The Honda Yuasa Racing team overcame setbacks and appalling conditions to win two races at the third round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton.

The NGTC Honda Civics of Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal set the pace throughout free practice, but things went wrong in qualifying. Reigning champion Neal, who had topped the damp-but-drying session early on, crashed out, while Shedden’s pole lap was taken away due to overboosting problems with the turbo.

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New Honda Wins Again at Donington

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Mixed results at Donington, when championship leader Matt was spun out of the race after the pack was backed up, resulting in contact from Andrew Jordan. Gordon 'Flash' moved up from fourth to second, to defend brilliantly against a hard charging Jason Plato. After some extremely close racing, Plato nudged an angry Flash off the track on the last corner to take a provisional second place, with Flash coming home a hard fought third.

But then Jason Plato was handed a time penalty which switched his and Flash's positions and Mat Jackson was disqualified for turbo overboost, which then handed Flash the win!

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New Honda Wins on Brands Hatch Debut

Saturday, 14 April 2012

The Honda Yuasa Racing Team kicked off its 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship challenge in fine style with victory for its new Civic at the Brands Hatch season opener on Saturday 1 April.

Reigning champion Matt Neal qualified in second place and was fighting for the lead of race one when a clash between two rivals delayed him and allowed Rob Collard's BMW slip by to win. But Neal went one better in the second event, moving to the front and fighting off a challenge from rival Jason Plato after an intense battle.

Matt Neal explains:

When he hit me the second time I smiled - in a good way! He was quicker than me at that stage. Once ahead he braked a little early at Druids and I gave him a nudge. Then, at Clearways where he had been strong all day, he ran wide and left the door open.

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Honda Dominate at Donington

Monday, 20 September 2010

Honda Racing Team stars Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden have closed in on the lead of the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship by taking a win apiece at Donington Park on Sunday. Honda has won the BTCC manufacturers' championship, beating rival Chevrolet.

The Derbyshire venue was the scene for the penultimate round of this season's contest and Shedden powered his Civic to victory in race one and a second position in race two to notch the highest points score of any driver over the weekend. Neal rounded off a superb weekend for the Civic drivers by dominating the final encounter. The results mean that Neal is in second place in the points going into the season's showdown at Brands Hatch in three weeks time (October 9/10) and Shedden is tucked four points further back in third place.

Matt Neal said the weekend's performance was a credit to the handling of his Honda.

The Civic was a fantastic car today and we've been able to turn up the pressure in the race for the championship.

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Scrapping for Points This Weekend

Friday, 17 September 2010

Both Honda Racing Team aces Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden are predicting a no holds barred scrap for points in the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship when the action moves to Donington Park this weekend. Neal and Shedden are in the thick of the hunt for this season's spoils and know that Sunday's three races in Leicestershire will be crucial to the title run-in.

Neal is currently second in the standings and he says that he will be absolutely flat out around the sweeps of the historic track. Neal says:

I have got to grab every opportunity that comes my way, so there will be no backing off, Donington Park will be a great leveller - I am not expecting anyone to have a dominant weekend and the track has plenty of overtaking areas. That means the racing is close and, with it being a critical stage of the season, it will be every man for themselves. The Civic has a particularly strong chassis and that helps around the long, long corners at Donington Park. We need to work on making the most out of that to give us enough in hand to fend off the rest. But this season has been so competitive that finding an edge is virtually impossible.

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Getting Back into the Title Fight

Monday, 6 September 2010

Honda Racing team star Matt Neal has thrust himself right back into the title fight for this season's Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after a win and a third place finish at Knockhill in Scotland on Sunday.

Neal has moved into second place in the standings after the rounds in Fife and is optimistic of reaching the title summit in the remaining six rounds of this season's competition, which continues at Donington Park on 18th and 19th September. Neal carried a full load of success ballast to notch a fourth place finish in race one. He then took his fourth victory of the year in race two before he battled to third place in the final event of the weekend. It meant he outscored all his rivals over the three events and has edged closer to the top of the chase for the coveted crown.

Matt Neal, Honda Racing Team, says:

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