Honda Racing pair Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden remain firmly in the mix for the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after taking a win apiece at Donington Park.
Shedden stormed to victory in the opening race of the weekend after battling ahead of the Team Aon Ford Focus of Tom Onslow-Cole and followed up his victory with second place in race two.
While the Scot had to settle for sixth in race three, he still scored more points than anyone else over the course of the weekend and will now head to Brands Hatch for the season finale sitting third in the standings and in with a chance of taking his maiden championship crown.
“We know the Civic is a good car around Donington Park so this was a golden opportunity to capitalise on that and I was able to,” Shedden said. “I had to fight hard to get to the front in the opening race and then I used my head to hang on to second place in race two.
“I am right in the mix for the title for the first time so I am pleased about that. Anything could happen at Brands Hatch but we at the Honda Racing Team will be doing absolutely everything we can to make it work for us.”
Team-mate Neal survived an incident with title rival Jason Plato at Goddards in the opening race to take fifth place, although a drive-through penalty for jumping the start in race two meant the double champion could only manage eighth place – having benefitted from a Safety Car period that allowed him to catch up with the cars ahead.
Having secured a front-row grid slot for race three as a result, Neal duly took victory in the final race after taking advantage of an error from leader Andrew Jordan at Redgate to hit the front, and he will go into Finals Day as the closest challenger to Plato in the race for the title.
“The Civic was a fantastic car today and we've been able to turn up the pressure in the race for the championship,” he said. “I was slightly disappointed with what happened at the start of the second event because I honestly believe we would have been in a position to win that race but these things happen in motor racing. There was a small problem with my clutch and I couldn't help but creep forward and got a jumped start penalty.
“Nevertheless, we have managed to cut the gap to the leader in the points and that's what we set out to do. It will be gloves off at Brands Hatch now – I am the one doing the chasing so the pressure is going to be on everyone else.”