Matt Neal has seen his lead in the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship extended following the third round of the season at Donington Park.

The VX Racing man was able to secure a double podium finish in his home rounds of the campaign to extend his advantage over Colin Turkington to 13 points ahead of the fourth meeting of the campaign next time out at Oulton Park.

Neal had been left with work to do on race day after qualifying down in eighth but made up places at the start of race one before going wide in wet conditions at the Old Hairpin and dropping down the order.

However, Neal then launched a fine recovery drive through the field to finish on the podium behind James Thompson and fellow Vauxhall man Andrew Jordan.

Neal then went one better in the second race to finish second behind Thompson, but his hopes of putting further distance between himself and Turkington ended in the final race when he had to settle for eighth.

However, Neal was still happy with how the weekend had gone, especially considering the work that had been left to do after qualifying.

"After qualifying, it was going to be a really tough day today, but the car was fantastic in the first race," he said. "The second race also went really well so I knew we had a good car in the wet and in the dry. Unfortunately for the third race we got something in between.

"I'd built myself a pretty tidy buffer over Colin by the end of race two but race three shows just how quickly it can all turn around. My car is working really well at the moment, but the next two circuits, at Oulton Park and Croft, will be strong for the BMWs so we've got a big fight ahead of us. Plus James in that Honda is looking very handy as are the Chevrolets.

"Seven different winners in seven races underlines just how competitive the BTCC is."


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