Matt Neal admitted he was frustrated by the final race of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship weekend at Thruxton after the championship leader saw his run of podium finishes come to an end.

The Vauxhall ace had qualified in second place at the high-speed Hampshire circuit despite carrying maximum ballast on his Vectra, and was part of a 1-2-3 for the VX Racing team in race one as he took second place behind defending champion Fabrizio Giovanardi.

Neal then took third in race two after a long battle with Colin Turkington and battled his way up the order to fourth in race three before a late move by Rob Collard saw him shuffled back down to seventh.

Despite maintaining his lead in the championship, Neal admitted he was disappointed not to have been able to extend his advantage in the final race and would be 'kicking himself' for a few days as a result.

"The first two races were good and we made the best of it with the weight we were carrying, but it was frustrating in the third race," he said. "The car was great, but trying to get your weight through the traffic is hard. Then I got knocked wide and ended up back down the order.

"I wasn't very happy, it was very frustrating. It was a seventh, which should have been an easy fourth, if not third. I don't like missing opportunities or giving away points when I shouldn't have done, so I'll be kicking myself for a few days on this one."


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