Honda's Matt Neal has expressed his annoyance in leaving Thruxton with points still left on the table for the former triple British Touring Car champion.

The Team Dynamics driver's championship bid received a setback after coming to blows with Team BMR's Aron Smith during the second race. A missed timed attempt of an overtake saw Neal clatter into the side of Smith's Volkswagen CC when battling for fourth place.

Neal came off worse in the incident and was forced to park his Civic Type R into an early retirement with terminal damage to left front of the Honda.

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The 47-year old - having started on the last row of the grid - salvaged a remarkable sixth place finish in race three but said the damage had already been done in the previous encounter.

"I could have given a lot more so I don't like the fact that I've given points away," Neal told crash.net. "But the comeback in race three was solid. It's so close and I've kicked myself about it but there's no use crying over spilt milk."

Ironically, Neal says the Honda's reliance of its aero actually worked against his favour when trying to scythe his way back up the order.

"It's very good through the high speed stuff. It's reliant on its aero. That's why in race three it could have gone so much better but when you're stuck in traffic you lose the downforce and that gives your tyres a hard time," Neal continued.

"That puts you back with everyone else. It was then just a case of trying to pick the right moments then."

Despite his race two DNF; Neal will still head to Oulton Park as one of the main title protagonists in third position behind Colin Turkington and team mate Gordon Shedden.

Shedden, in contrast, produced a near faultless weekend to gain control of the championship after taking victory in race one which the 2012 champion backed up with a third and fifth later in the day.