Neal takes assured Race 2 victory
1 May 2011 – Matt Neal stormed to his third win of the season at Thruxton on Sunday afternoon, impressively overtaking team-mate Gordon Shedden to take the chequered flag first. Andrew Jordan also made it past the Race 1 winner, securing his second podium finish of the weekend just ahead of Shedden who ultimately had to settle for third.
"I was starting to hurt my tyres behind Gordon and could see Andrew behind me was starting to get a bit racy so I made my move," Neal explained after the race. "Two out of two for Honda is just great at such a demanding track."
Shedden got away well at the start but his extra ballast soon created issues, with both Neal and Jordan possessing the speed required to get past. The leading trio went on to cross the line in the same order, as Shedden held onto third and Neal maintained his advantage up front with consistently fast lap times.
Fourth across the line was Tom Chilton, the same position he claimed in Race 1. Mat Jackson, James Nash and Alex MacDowall all crossed the line in close succession, with the three drivers battling hard for fifth place. Jackson was just 0.060 ahead of Nash at the finish, narrowly holding on to the position along the pit straight.
Jason Plato was next up in seventh, scoring his first points of the weekend after a disappoint retirement earlier today, while Tom Boardman and Tony Gilham completed the top ten runners. The sole retirement of the afternoon was Chris James, who completed just three laps in his Chevrolet Lacetti.