Honda Yuasa Racing scored its first one-two of the new 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season as reigning champion Gordon 'Flash' Shedden led home team-mate Matt Neal in this weekend’s (2-3 April) contest at Brands Hatch.
Race one winner Tom Ingram endured a torrid time after contact with Rob Collard’s BMW, who blitzed from sixth on the grid into second, put both teams out of the race. The Honda Civic Type R drivers took the top two positions and never looked back!
Gordon Shedden said: “It all got a bit congested early on, and I thought I was going to get collected at one point when Ingram and Collard came together. Fortunately, I managed to avoid it all and then made my best plan to escape. I think my car was actually slightly better with the ballast on-board, which wasn’t at all what we had expected, but it’s fantastic to come away with a one-two finish for myself and Matt with the Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R.”
Matt Neal added: “Two races and two podiums – it doesn’t get much better than that! I’m over the moon – dead chuffed with the day so far. The race got a bit sketchy at times; ‘Flash’ and I were settled in third and fourth when it all kicked off ahead of us between Ingram and Collard, and then there was oil down on the track at Graham Hill Bend later on. We both called into the pits almost simultaneously saying we had a puncture, but thankfully, that obviously turned out not to be the case.”
Rounds four, five and six of the 2016 BTCC campaign will take place at Donington Park on 16-17 April.