Honda's Matt Neal says he's as hungry as ever to record further BTCC success but predicts an uphill struggle for the Civic Tourer today at Rockingham.

In what has so far been a difficult 2014 campaign for Neal - which has yielded just one victory at Knockhill - the former triple BTCC-champion heads into today's three Rockingham races over 100-points adrift team mate Gordon Shedden, who in turn trails Colin Turkington by a further 23-point margin.

Having qualified ninth, Neal puts his Saturday misfortune down to a different philosophy in set up compared to his team mate Shedden, who sits higher up the order in fourth.

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Neal also stated that his current pace doesn't reflect his hunger to keep competing for success and says he's simply adopting the team game to help Shedden's bid in overhauling Turkington's current advantage - the 47-year old hinted their Pirtek Racing counterparts could also help bolster the Honda championship challenge.

"We just went two ways with the set up yesterday and my way didn't work, that's what it was," Neal told crash.net. "It's going to make my life harder today by starting at the rear of the top ten. But, make no mistake, I've lost none of my will to win, I'm going to be 'wind milling' in there.

"I'm definitely not happy about being off the pace; but we've got a fighting chance for the championship with Flash.

"You might see the Pirtek machines starting to play the Honda game as well in the last couple races. While we've got one car fighting for the championship, we've still got to score a lot of points for the teams and manufacturers, and that's not over yet."

Finally, ahead of today's three races, Neal believes their Civic Tourer will face an uphill battle, citing their difficulties to come under a lack of straight-line speed in comparison to other runners but hinted the warmer conditions may help their cause in the tyre wear department.

"Flash is heavy, he's P4, at the right end, but we're just going to get mullered at the end of the straights; that's our problem here," Neal continued.

"It's a lot hotter today and Rockingham's notorious on tyre wear, it will be interesting to see how that pans out. We're expecting the BMW's to be very strong, it's going to be hard to beat Turkington."