Honda's Matt Neal was sure he missed the opportunity of passing Adam Morgan when the WIX Racing Mercedes sensationally picked up an errant piece of debris whilst leading the final BTCC race at Knockhill.

The Team Dynamics racer began the final three laps of the third race over a second behind the leading Mercedes A-Class of Morgan. But Neal received a lifeline when the WIX Racing driver scooped up a damaged front-bumper, left by one of the back-markers at the top of the chicane.

Neal slipped by the Mercedes on the following lap with a daring move at the final hairpin but the triple BTCC champion admitted he passed up a previous opportunity to go for the lead while Morgan was trying to shake the piece of debris away from the front end.

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"I was chipping away at the gap but it wasn't enough," Neal told crash.net "But then he [Morgan] picked up the debris and I thought 'that's finished him' and I had an opportunity to have a crack at him but I held back because I thought he was out.

"He found the pace again and I thought I missed the opportunity. He was defending the inside during the penultimate lap but I got a really good run through Clark and he left just enough of a gap at the hairpin for me to roll up on the inside."

The 48-year old's third win of the season has moved Neal back into third position in the drivers' championship behind his team mate Gordon Shedden and Team BMR's Jason Plato.

"The car has felt good at Oulton, Croft and Snetterton and I've also felt good but the results didn't go our way. It just shows how competitive the championship is," Neal continued.

"It's definitely game on at Rockingham. The BMW's go well there and the Volkswagen's will be strong but we had a really good test at Rockingham last month so I'm looking forward to it."