BTCC » 5 June 2005
Neal wins, Eaves off.
Whilst Neal was unchallenged in front, Muller made a little mistake and Colin Turkington needed no second invitation as he got himself alongside and made his move into Surtees.
"He ran a wee touch wide so I wasn't going to pass on the opportunity," explained Turkington. "He just passed me because I made a mistake, he was a bit lighter and a bit quicker than me," confirmed Muller.
Elsewhere, Richie Williams Lexus was looking solid and only a couple of seconds adrift of the race leaders' pace, and he was even joined briefly with Ian Curley's car on track too at the same time. Unfortunately it looked like the SpeedEquipe squad was employing a tag team tactic; no sooner had Curley taken to the track then Williams took to the pits.
Up front Plato was sniffing about the rear of Muller, but was unable to make a real move with the few laps remaining, whilst ahead Colin Turkington wasn't really able to threaten Neal, though he did narrow the gap to the 'teg.
The Rob Collard roadblock was very effective for the magority of the race, but Luke Hines eventually found the way through, and Tom Chilton did too, but only for Collard to take it back. Chilton then had his attentions taken by veteran James Kaye such that Chilton only crossed the line some four thousandths ahead of the silver and red car.
Neal took the win, with Turkington and Muller joining him on the podium. "Over the moon, Dynamics is always a big team effort, I just managed to stay ahead there, I'm over the moon," said Neal after the race.
For Colin Turkington it was a well deserved second place after a difficult start to the year. "That's exactly what I was hoping for, we seem to have founbd a good setup we just need to keep going forward and maybe pinch a win," said the former MG driver on the podium.
For Muller third was the best he had hoped for. "Of course I'm not happy to be third," he said, "but it's the position I could do so I can be pleased with that."
1. Matt Neal
2. Colin Turkington
3. Yvan Muller
4. Jason Plato
5. Luke Hines
6. Rob Collard
7. Tom Chilton
8. James Kaye
9. James Pickford
10. Gavin Smith
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