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BTCC Donington 2013: Honda pair pleased with solid show
24 April 2013
Honda Yuasa Racing pair Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal declared themselves pleased with the weekend's results at Donington Park as the battle for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship headed to the team's home circuit in the East Midlands.
Shedden went into the weekend seeking to bounce back from a touch start to his title defence at Brands Hatch and put his car on pole for the first time since the 2011 season before storming to victory in race one.
The Scot then added a third place finish in race two after a long battle with Jason Plato's MG before completing his weekend with a third podium finish in race three after a late move on Sam Tordoff allowed him to secure second behind Colin Turkington.
It means Shedden now sits fifth in the championship standings, 20 points behind Plato with six of the 30 races now run.
“We managed the gap in the first race, kept it sensible and brought the car home for a good win,” Shedden said. “It was a good victory and overall it was nice to secure a solid points haul after a bit of a mixed time at Brands Hatch in the last round.
“I don't know how I got on the podium in race three because there were all sorts of shenanigans going on! It underlines the quality of the chassis. We've made a lot of progress and it was nice to get a good points haul.”
Team-mate Neal meanwhile took a best finish of third in the first and final races of the weekend at a meeting when he celebrated his 500th race in the series – the landmark being celebrated with a run to fourth in race two.
“It has been a special day for me. Of course you always want race wins but I've been around long enough to know that you can't have it all your own way all the time,” he said. “We scored some good points and to compete in my 500th race at my home circuit was fantastic.
“It was a solid weekend and we both needed it. It's also good for the manufacturers' and teams' championships. There was still good speed in the car.”
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