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Neal heads red flag strewn session

Donington Park qualifying record falls as Matt Neal takes pole for round two of the BTCC season
Matt Neal made it two poles from two in the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season after breaking the qualifying lap record in a red flag hit session at Donington Park.

The Honda driver blitzed the field with a time of 1min 10.129secs with team-mate Gordon Shedden the only man able to get close, before a suspension issue forced him to park up in the garage.

The two Civics ended the session split by just 0.043s with James Nash the man able to get closest to the top two, although he was three-tenths of a second slower in his Vectra. Nash played a part in one of three stoppages during the session when he tangled with the Toyota of Tony Hughes – which ended up in the gravel at McLeans.

Andrew Jordan was fourth quickest despite a suspension problem meaning he was late joining the session while Tom Chilton's Ford and Jordan's Pirtek Racing team-mate Jeff Smith completed the top six.

Mat Jackson was seventh despite causing a red flag with a spin at the Old Hairpin while points leader Jason Plato could only manage eighth in his ballast laden Chevrolet. Alex MacDowall and Rob Collard rounded out the top ten.

The other red flag in the session was caused by Andy Neate spinning down the Craner Curves and taking a Dunlop advertising hoarding back onto the circuit with him, while there was another on-track incident after newcomer Chris James collided with Tom Boardman.

Both returned to the pits but while Boardman was able to continue in the session, damage to James' Chevrolet Lacetti forced him out of action.



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Matt Neal (GBR) Honda Racing Honda Civic
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Matt Neal (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
Matt Neal (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer

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