Honda's Steve Neal: Drivers still free to race
9 June 2011 – Honda Racing Team Principal Steve Neal has said that his two drivers remain free to race each other, despite the infamous coming together at Oulton Park on Sunday. On the final lap in Race 2, son Matt dived up the inside of last corner Lodge, only to succeed in removing himself from the running as team-mate Gordon Shedden plummeted from the lead to sixth.
“My policy is that they can race for the last two laps and that isn’t going to stop,” Neal Senior, whose Team Dynamics operation runs the manufacturer-backed Hondas, explained to Motorsport News.
“The drivers are supposed to look after each other for the race distance and, if they get two laps from the finish and are neck and neck, they are permitted to race each other.
“That has always been the policy. I have got two racing drivers and I can’t put shackles on them. They are both competitive and that is why they are in my cars.”
The inter-team collision of Oulton Park can be viewed at GPUpdate TV