Matt Neal and Jack Goff mindful of success ballast in race one

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Joint championship leaders Matt Neal and Jack Goff will be hoping for a solid race day at Donington Park, as they hope to maintain their position in he championship standings.

The pair, who currently sit on 37 points each, enter today’s triple-header forced to carry the mandatory maximum success ballast of 66kgs for being tied, but both are mindful of the impact it may have on their race day.

After taking the second Civic Type-R victory at Brands Hatch two weeks ago, triple champion Neal hustled his new hatchback to seventh in qualifying yesterday, subsequently now making him alter his game plan heading into round four.

Neal told BTCC Crazy: “I set myself a target of the top six although how hopeful I was of getting there was a different matter – I’m chuffed to bits and it is even better with Flash sticking it on the front row.

“The ballast made the car feel on the ragged edge but it aided our momentum a little bit. Both me and Flash were hanging on though.

“My initial plan was to use race one as a damage limitation exercise and then concentrate on banking points in races two and three but that’s changed now. We’re going to go really aggressive from the opening encounter and see how we fair.”

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After enduring a less than ideal run up into qualifying where he picked up a reprimand and two penalty points for an incident in opening practice with Hunter Abbott, Goff set his sights on the top ten in qualifying.

Ultimately settling for 13th place, the 24-year-old was left frustrated and believes he may need to produce something special to make progress in the opening encounter.

Goff explained: “I was aiming for a top-ten, so I’m a little frustrated with P13. Although we’re not a million miles away, the balance wasn’t quite right with the car today and we have a few problems to address.

“However, we’ve got a plan and with the ballast and starting on row seven, I think we’ve got to try something a bit special to go forwards.

“Looking at the times I’m eight tenths off pole, so if you said there was a tenth for every 10 kilos we’re carrying, that means we’re probably about right. (Matt) Neal did well on his last run and obviously found something; we’ve got to do the same now too.”

PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Sayle Photography