Honda seek to maintain their resurgence in BTCC form as the Team Dynamics outfit believe the high speed nature of the Thruxton circuit will suit the Civic Type-R.

The multi-BTCC championship winning squad currently lead the manufacturers' table while three-time champion Matt Neal has gained control of the drivers' standings after establishing a two point advantage over Volkswagen's Colin Turkington.

This weekend's Thruxton round has traditionally served as a fruitful battle ground for the Honda package. Neal and team mate Gordon Shedden famously took a resounding trio of victories at the Hampshire circuit back in the 2013 season.

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Neal - on 75 kilos of maximum success ballast - hopes to emulate that kind of dominance by attacking this weekend's meeting in the same way he approached Donington Park, last time out.

"I'm looking forward to Thruxton; it's traditionally been a happy hunting ground for us and the new Type R is monstrous through the high-speed areas, which is what this circuit is all about," said Neal.

"That should definitely play to our strengths. Thruxton is old-school; it's proper flat-out, hang-onto-your-hat territory - very much a drivers' track and a tremendously enjoyable challenge.

"I was carrying a similar weight going into Donington Park, so I'm hopeful we can start somewhere inside the top six or eight at Thruxton and move forward from there."

Meanwhile, Shedden - who also features at the sharp end of the title hunt in third - hopes the data gained by running large amounts of ballast throughout the first two races, will serve him well this weekend.

It's worth mentioning that the fast and flowing nature of the Thruxton circuit will mean the weight of running success ballast will create less of an impact on car performance as it does on other tracks.

"The chassis balance of the road-going model gives us a superb starting-point. Even though Matt and I will both have a lot of ballast in qualifying, we've got a good understanding of what we need to do to make the car work there," said Shedden.

"The target is to qualify inside the top six next weekend; with the weight we're carrying in the car, anywhere further up than that would be a proper result."