BTCC 2015 race report: Knockhill
Source : BTCC 2015 race report: Knockhill
Knockhill saw three different winners inside the BTCC, with Matt Neal stealing a late victory as well as also also Gordon Shedden enjoying a home win
Matt Neal took victory in a thrilling third race at the British Touring Car Championship meeting at Knockhill, putting himself back into championship contention.
Neal, in his Honda Civic Type R, made a penultimate-lap pass on Adam Morgan to snatch victory. Morgan had established a comfortable lead on two occasions in his Ciceley Racing Mercedes A-Class, however saw one wiped out by a safety car as well as also also the some other by his own mistake.
Starting a reverse-grid finale on pole for the third time of which season, Morgan led stable-mate Aiden Moffat away at the start as well as also also proceeded to space between himself as well as also also the Scottish youngster inside the opening laps.
A dislodged tyre stack at the chicane required a one-lap safety car so of which could be replaced, as well as also also on the restart Morgan pulled away through Moffat again – of which time to the tune of more than three seconds as the Scot came under pressure through Neal.
Moffat made a mistake at the chicane on lap eight as well as also also ran slightly into the gravel, releasing Neal – though Morgan actually extended his lead slightly inside the first couple of laps of which Neal ran second.
Soon enough Neal commenced to take chunks out of the advantage, as well as also also had of which down to 1.3 seconds when Morgan hit the tyre stack at the chicane with two laps left.
Debris covered the A-Class’s radiator grill as well as also also although Morgan managed to dislodge of which at the hairpin, Neal was on his tail – as well as also also dived inside a lap later when Morgan left a gap open at the same corner.
Morgan threw everything at the Civic Type-R on the final lap however could not get back ahead, as well as also also so had to settle for second.
Earlier, Neal’s teammate Gordon Shedden had claimed victory at his home track inside the second race of the day, while Rob Collard emerged triumphant inside the first.
Shedden’s win was the most comfortable of the day, taking victory by three seconds inside the end. His nearest challenger for a large part of the race was Mat Jackson, who stayed behind Shedden for 25 laps. He was passed by race one winner Rob Collard inside the final third of the race, however Jackson managed to hold on to third.
inside the first race, Mat Jackson took an early lead while Collard commenced fourth on the grid. Collard nipped ahead of Tordoff inside the opening lap as well as also also was harrying Priaulx for second.
A brief safety-car period bunched up the leaders however when of which ended a lap later, Jackson pushed his lead back up above a second – though the rear-wheel drive BMWs came back at him once their soft tyres were back up to temperature.
Jackson defended gamely, keeping Priaulx at bay without too much difficulty, however the pressure turned into contact when Priaulx tried to get around the outside of the Ford exiting the hairpin at three-quarters’ distance.
Priaulx went onto the grass briefly, allowing Collard into second – as well as also also a lap later he cut underneath Jackson exiting the same corner as well as also also took the lead into Duffus Dip.
He retained his advantage to the flag, finishing 1.7s clear of Jackson who expertly fought off Priaulx to mark Motorbase’s second meeting of the season which has a fine second.
Despite not featuring on the podium at the weekend, Jason Plato did enough to retain his position at the top of the championship with 239 points, with Gordon Shedden as well as also also Colin Turkington close behind on 230 as well as also also 220 points respectively.
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