Honda pair Matt Neal
and Gordon Shedden
are braced for a tough weekend when the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season resumes at Snetterton this weekend.
Neal will carry maximum ballast into the weekend thanks to his position as championship leader and said he was expecting the extra weight to make it difficult around the longest circuit on the schedule.
That comes despite a successful test at the Norfolk circuit last month.
“The test went pretty well,” said Neal. “It was blindingly hot, but we did long runs and short runs, and tried a few things.
“Carrying the weight round Snetterton, with the boost situation, will make it an uphill struggle. I expect the MGs to be quick and Flash should be on their tail with only 18kg of ballast.
“Everyone could be up there – the BMW's form over the last couple of rounds means it should be pretty monstrous.”
While Shedden will only carry 18 kilos of ballast, the defending champion said it could also have a negative impact on his chances.
“I think the infield will suit the Civic, but it'll be a tough weekend,” he said. “More than perhaps any other circuit Snetterton shows up the extra ballast.
“We could do with a good qualifying. One of these weekends I know I'll have a ballistic meeting that'll fire me back into the title fight. I'm on the fringes of it now – we've had no lack of speed, just a lack of the cards falling my way, but things usually even themselves out in touring cars.”