Top 10 BTCC Drivers of the Year 2013:
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There is little doubt that Matt Neal would have ended the 2013 season disappointed at only finishing in fourth place, with a year that promised much ultimately failing to deliver.
Having lost out to team-mate Gordon Shedden in 2012, Neal went into the season seeking to reclaim the title, although it didn't start well when he failed to score in the first race of the year.
From there however, Neal was consistently inside the top six and with four wins to his name, again headed into the summer break as the championship leader.
It was in the second half of the year that things would start to go awry however, with Andrew Jordan setting about chasing down the 46-year-old. Although arguably not as quick as his rival, Neal stayed ahead until the eighth meeting of the year at Rockingham.
There, Neal suffered a costly spin in race one and then retired from race two to see his slender advantage disappear into thin air; leaving him with work to do to try and fight back in the final two meetings.
A broken finger sustained prior to the Silverstone meeting hurt his chances in more ways than one and a hefty qualifying crash and then a fire at Brands Hatch ensured that his year ended on a low.
With a new car underneath him in the shape of the new Civic Tourer for 2014, Neal will hope to bounce back and once again be in contention for what would be a fourth title.
Crash.net's top ten BTCC Drivers of the Year – as voted by you:
8. Adam Morgan
9. Lea Wood
10. Tom Onslow-Cole