Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal is focused on securing a strong qualifying spot at Silverstone next weekend as he bids to continue aiding Gordon Shedden’s push for a fourth title.
Renowned as the home of British motorsport, triple-champion Neal heads to the Northamptonshire circuit keen to get back amongst the points on a consistent basis after a recent run of bad luck.
Despite still holding a mathematical chance of being crowned champion this year, the 50-year-old has already switched his focus to helping Shedden scoop the main prize as well as helping the team in recapturing the Teams’ and Manufacturers titles.
Taking two pole positions this season, Neal has sighted a strong qualifying performance as being pivotal in setting him up for a strong race day – especially as track position has proved to be vital at Silverstone in years gone by.
“As the ‘Home of British Motorsport’, Silverstone has a special appeal and it’s always good to go back there, even if the National Circuit itself isn’t the most challenging on the BTCC calendar,” Neal said.
“We have some work to do after Lady Luck stubbornly refused to smile on us at Rockingham, and from a personal point-of-view, my job is to support ‘Flash’ and help Honda and Halfords Yuasa Racing to close the gap in the Manufacturers’ and Teams’ standings.
“Qualifying tends to turn into something of a draft-fest at Silverstone, meaning track position will be key and if you secure a good starting spot, it sets you up nicely for race day – so that’s the goal.”
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