BTCC 2015 race report: Knockhill
Matt Neal required victory inside a thrilling third race in the British Touring Vehicle Championship meeting at Knockhill, putting themself back to championship contention.
Neal, in the Honda Social Type R, designed a penultimate-lap spread Adam Morgan to grab victory. Morgan had established an appropriate add two occasions in the Ciceley Racing Mercedes A-Class, but saw one easily wiped out with a safety vehicle and yet another by their own mistake.
Beginning a reverse-grid finale on pole for that third time this year, Morgan brought stable-mate Aiden Moffat away in the beginning and began to space between themself and also the Scottish kid within the opening laps.
A dislodged steering wheel stack in the chicane needed a 1-lap safety vehicle so it may be changed, as well as on the restart Morgan drawn from Moffat again – this time around towards the tune in excess of three seconds because the Scot received pressure from Neal.
Moffat designed a mistake in the chicane on lap eight and ran slightly in to the gravel, delivering Neal – though Morgan really extended his lead slightly within the initial few laps that Neal ran second.
In no time Neal began to consider portions from the advantage, coupled with it lower to at least one.3 seconds when Morgan hit the steering wheel stack in the chicane with two laps left.
Debris covered the A-Class’s radiator grill and even though Morgan handled to dislodge it in the hairpin, Neal was on his tail – and dived in the lap later when Morgan created a gap open in the same corner.
Morgan put everything in the Social Type-R around the final lap but tend to not return ahead, and thus needed to accept second.
Earlier, Neal’s teammate Gordon Shedden had stated victory at his home track within the second race during the day, while Take advantage of Collard emerged triumphant within the first.
Shedden’s win was probably the most comfortable during the day, taking victory by three seconds within the finish. His nearest challenger for most from the race was Pad Jackson, who remained behind Shedden for twenty five laps. He was went by race one champion Take advantage of Collard within the final third from the race, but Jackson handled to keep third.
Within the first race, Pad Jackson required an earlier lead while Collard began 4th around the grid. Collard nipped in front of Tordoff within the opening lap and it was harrying Priaulx for second.
A short safety-vehicle period bunched in the leaders however when it ended a lap later, Jackson pressed his lead support over a second – although the rear-wheel drive BMWs returned at him once their soft tyres were look out onto temperature.
Jackson defended gamely, keeping Priaulx away without an excessive amount of difficulty, however the pressure switched into contact when Priaulx attempted to obtain round the outdoors from the Ford exiting the hairpin at three-quarters’ distance.
Priaulx went to the grass briefly, permitting Collard into second – along with a lap later he cut underneath Jackson exiting exactly the same corner and required charge into Duffus Dip.
He maintained his benefit to the flag, finishing 1.7s obvious of Jackson who expertly fought against off Priaulx to mark Motorbase’s second meeting of year having a fine second.
Despite not featuring around the podium in the weekend, Jason Plato did enough to retain his position towards the top of the championship with 239 points, with Gordon Shedden and Colin Turkington close behind on 230 and 220 points correspondingly.