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Halfords Yuasa Racing Split From Andy Neate After One Round

Halfords Yuasa Racing have today confirmed that they have parted company with Andy Neare after just a solitary meeting in the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

Reverting back to bring a two-car team with Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal leading the line at Donington Park this weekend, the team are yet to confirm the reason for the split however it has been implemented with immediate effect.

Taking a best finish of 18th at the season opener just over a week ago in the Civic Type R, series organisers TOCA had been kept aware of developments throughout the process and has agreed to the withdrawal of the car.

Having originally loaned a third TOCA BTCC Licence from series organisers, Neate’s entry will now return to the championship. This loaned TBL shall be re-allocated by TOCA from the next event (Thruxton) to another team/entry for the rest of the season – details of which will be announced in due course.

Neate has since released a statement on his personal Facebook account saying: “Whilst the guys at Honda and Dynamics have been great, your heart has got to be in something to commit fully. I think with so much going on for me my lack of full commitment and focus on the job isn’t the best way forward for me or such a great team as Honda Dynamics.

“I’m gonna enjoy watching my little man take the reins now, I got so much joy watching him get his first British podium last weekend. I knew then on top of the disappointment I felt after Brands that’s what it’s about now.

“I’ve had my fill over the years, broke a few bones and walked away with my life just about thankfully, I did ok. But it’s over to my little man now, he’ll do far much better than I ever did.

“Best is luck to Matt and Flash and Honda, great drivers and an awesome team.. I’m sure they will bring home the big trophy this year.”

Article originally written on Wednesday, 13 April 2016. Read more articles from the BTCC Crazy Archive.