Matt Neal rounded his Silverstone weekend off on a high after producing one of the drives of the day in race to notch victory.
Taking a brace of 13th place finishes in races one and two, the Halfords Yuasa Racing driver charged through the field in the reverse grid encounter to take his second win of the season.
Breaking inside the top ten early in the race, Neal began to pick his way through the field, scything his way past Tom Ingram, Dave Newsham and Adam Morgan before setting after Rob Huff.
Filling the mirrors of the Power Maxed Racing driver, Neal struggled to break Huff’s resolute defence as he slid down the inside of the Vauxhall Astra at Becketts.
From there, the Honda Civic Type R driver extended his advantage at the front to take the chequered flag.
Looking back on the weekend, Neal said: “All’s well that ends well! We laid down the groundwork for the weekend in qualifying, but the first two races didn’t exactly go to plan as we seemed to get repeatedly shuffled out.
“Mat and I just got locked together in race one, and then we were on the harder tyres in race two. In race three, I was on the right tyres with no weight and I grabbed that opportunity with both hands.
“The Civic Type R felt great – to the extent where I almost got on the radio early on and said to the boys, ‘I think we can win this one’, before telling myself, ‘don’t be ridiculous!’ Our car is really strong through the quick stuff, so I knew where I had to attack Huffy but after trying it two or three times, he seemed to have it covered.
“Then he ran about half-a-metre wide and I got my nose up the inside and thought, ‘gotcha!’ The title may be gone for me, but it’s always satisfying to get a win – especially after such a tough weekend – and I’m chuffed to bits for Honda, Halfords and Yuasa. It was a result that we really didn’t expect here – and just the fillip we all needed.”
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