The Honda Racing Team stormed to a pair of one-two finishes in the third meeting of the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton on Sunday and now head all of the series’ points tables.
Racers Matt Neal and ‘Flash’ Gordon Shedden shared a win apiece in the opening two races before a fifth and sixth place in race three. It meant that both drivers were the biggest scorers from the weekend. Neal now leads the race for the drivers’ crown with Shedden in fifth, while the Honda Racing Team leads the teams’ championship.
Honda and Team Dynamics sit on top of the Manufacturers’ and Constructors’ championship as well. “I am over the moon,” said Neal. “Considering that we were told to run with less power by the series officials before we came to this meeting, a win for Flash and a win for me is amazing. It is perfect for the team.
“Thruxton is a very unique track and we performed extremely well, which is down to the great handling of the Civic. It has a really strong chassis and we proved that at Thruxton but we still have work to do to – this championship is so competitive and everyone’s always improving. The car has been totally hooked up this weekend and I really couldn’t fault it.”
Shedden’s results halt a run of bad luck that has stretched over the first two meetings of the year but he showed his potential with the dominant win in the opening race of the weekend. “I needed three solid points finishes to really kick start my campaign – but the fact that Matt scored as much as me means the gap is still the same to him,” said Shedden. “It has put me back in the hunt though.
“Given all the controversy building up to this weekend, these results show that we have got our heads down and got on with the work we needed to do, which is really pleasing. It is a testament to the team that they have built a really good race car and we are reaping the rewards of the hard work that everybody has put in to this programme.
“To be on top of all three championships when we are just a quarter of the way through the season is a great tribute to the car and the two-litre turbocharged engine. We still have to fight and look for improvements, but this weekend has been a real fillip for everyone involved.”
The next rounds of the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship take place at Oulton Park in Cheshire in five weeks time on June 4/5.