Neal claims 2011 title as Chilton wins

Neal claims 2011 title as Chilton wins

16 October 2011 – Matt Neal has been crowned BTCC for the third time after beating Honda team-mate Gordon Shedden in Sunday’s third and final race at Silverstone. At the front, Tom Chilton picked up Team Aon’s second victory of the season, leading home outgoing Champion Jason Plato and Special Tuning’s Tom Boardman.

Chilton claimed his second win of the year for Team Aon
Although five drivers stood a mathematical chance of the title heading into the season finale, the shootout was realistically between the Honda pairing and Plato, who was put out of the running after a second Dynamics one-two result in Race 2.

Chilton led home Plato by 1.4 seconds, with Boardman just holding off the second Chevrolet of Alex MacDowall – who had started from pole but bogged down – for the final podium slot.

There was a strong end to the season for both Andrew Jordan and Rob Austin, who was the highest-placed NGTC runner ahead of Tom Onslow-Cole. Frank Wrathall scored two more points for ninth and was sandwiched by the Honda duo after a top nine grid reverse.

James Thompson’s miserable BTCC return with Motorbase continued, although the Yorkshireman – title winner of 2002 and 2004 – did manage to dip under the one minute barrier to set fastest lap. There was also trouble for Independent Champion James Nash, who was ordered to serve a drive-through penalty for exceeding track limits more than three times at Copse Corner.

Neal crosses the line for title number three of his BTCC career, after 2005 and 2006
After a clash with Wrathall, the WSR BMW of Rob Collard – which has failed to claim a race win once again this year – suffered a lurid spin on the start/finish straight.

“I’m overwhelmed – I never thought I’d win it once in my life and now it’s three times,” said Champion Neal. “It means the world to me. If it had gone Gordon’s way I’d have been disappointed for me but over the moon for him.

"I have to say, he is the ultimate team-mate and so hard – he’s only been in this game for six years and he is one of the absolute best out there on the track – and that’s why this has been the toughest of my three titles to win.”


The 2012 BTCC season begins at Brands Hatch on 1 April

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Wednesday 27 July 2016

  2. Alonso not expecting repeat of Hungary pace 10:28

    Alonso not expecting repeat of Hungary pace

    Fernando Alonso says he is not expecting McLaren to repeat its form at this weekend's German Grand Prix, having been "the number…

    F1
  3. Ocon set for another FP1 run in Germany 09:15

    Ocon set for another FP1 run in Germany

    Renault test driver Esteban Ocon will receive another outing in free practice for this weekend's German Grand Prix, his fourth…

    F1
  4. Ferrari parts company with James Allison 09:04

    Ferrari parts company with James Allison

    Ferrari has confirmed that James Allison has departed the squad, with Mattia Binotto installed as Chief Technical…

    F1
  5. Enerson gets IndyCar debut with Dale Coyne 08:05

    Enerson gets IndyCar debut with Dale Coyne

    RC Enerson will make his IndyCar debut at Mid-Ohio this weekend after penning a deal to race for Dale Coyne. Enerson, 19…

    Indy
  6. Preview: German Grand Prix - Round 12 07:36

    Preview: German Grand Prix - Round 12

    Formula 1 heads to the German Grand Prix with a new championship leader, after Lewis Hamilton beat Nico Rosberg to victory in…

    F1
  7. Video of the Day: Decoding race strategies 05:22

    Video of the Day: Decoding race strategies

    Mercedes' Chief Strategist, James Vowles, explains the 'Pure Pit Wall' which helps decode race strategies.

    F1
  8. Tuesday 26 July 2016

  9. 17:02

    Book F1 tickets and join the action live!

    F1
  10. Smedley: Williams must be 'introspective' 15:34

    Smedley: Williams must be 'introspective'

    Williams performance chief Rob Smedley has urged the team to "knuckle down" and be "introspective" in an attempt to recover from…

    F1
  11. Pirelli confirms Brazil, Abu Dhabi compounds 14:07

    Pirelli confirms Brazil, Abu Dhabi compounds

    Pirelli has outlined its compound nominations for the Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix. For the Interlagos round, the…

    F1
  12. Wehrlein: Mercedes to decide 2017 plans 13:13

    Wehrlein: Mercedes to decide 2017 plans

    Mercedes-backed Pascal Wehrlein says it will be up to the German manufacturer where he races next year, as he focuses on the…

    F1
  13. Video: Mercedes' Hungarian GP podium 12:02

    Video: Mercedes' Hungarian GP podium

    Mercedes Sporting Director Ron Meadows shares his podium story from the Hungarian Grand Prix.

    F1
  14. Ecclestone's mother-in-law 'kidnapped' 10:24

    Ecclestone's mother-in-law 'kidnapped'

    Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law has been kidnapped in Brazil, with a ransom of 120 million Brazilian Reals (£28m) demanded by…

    F1
  15. Alex Lynn's GPUpdate column: Fighting hard 10:02

    Alex Lynn's GPUpdate column: Fighting hard

    Williams development driver and GP2 racer Alex Lynn will write a regular column for GPUpdate.net this year, charting his on and…

    F1
  16. Snetterton honours Wilson with corner name 09:28

    Snetterton honours Wilson with corner name

    UK racing circuit Snetterton has honoured the late Justin Wilson by renaming a corner after him, active from this weekend's…

    Misc
  17. In photos: Hamilton's Hungaroring record 08:22

    In photos: Hamilton's Hungaroring record

    Lewis Hamilton set a new outright record by winning his fifth Hungarian Grand Prix last weekend, moving clear of Michael…

    F1
  18. Video of the Day: MotoGP's Red Bull Ring test 05:37

    Video of the Day: MotoGP's Red Bull Ring test

    Suzuki duo Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaró reflect on last week's MotoGP test at the Red Bull Ring.

    MotoGP
  19. Monday 25 July 2016

  20. Winners and Losers: Hungarian Grand Prix 16:28

    Winners and Losers: Hungarian Grand Prix

    Lewis Hamilton moved ahead of Nico Rosberg with his fifth win of the campaign, as the Red Bull and Ferrari drivers battled.…

    F1
  21. Video of the Day: Rosberg's Hungary blog 14:12

    Video of the Day: Rosberg's Hungary blog

    Nico Rosberg reflects on dropping behind Lewis Hamilton in the title race after the Hungarian Grand Prix.

    F1
  22. Massa lapped twice during 'terrible' race 13:36

    Massa lapped twice during 'terrible' race

    Felipe Massa described his Hungarian Grand Prix as "terrible" as he battled persistent steering wheel issues en route to an…

    F1
  23. Räikkönen wins first 'Driver of the Day' award 13:16

    Räikkönen wins first 'Driver of the Day' award

    Kimi Räikkönen has been voted 'Driver of the Day' for the first time after the Hungarian Grand Prix. Räikkönen started…

    F1
  24. Palmer: Best drive of career before spin 12:32

    Palmer: Best drive of career before spin

    Renault driver Jolyon Palmer described the performance he delivered during the Hungarian Grand Prix as the best of his career to…

    F1
  25. Pérez regrets 'simple miscommunication' 11:03

    Pérez regrets 'simple miscommunication'

    Force India driver Sergio Pérez has expressed frustration at the "simple miscommunication" that he reckons cost him a points…

    F1
  26. Toro Rosso wary of McLaren-Honda threat 10:21

    Toro Rosso wary of McLaren-Honda threat

    Franz Tost has admitted that McLaren-Honda's upward trend is a growing concern for Toro Rosso, as the team looks to defend sixth…

    F1
  27. Alonso: McLaren in 'mini-championship' 09:46

    Alonso: McLaren in 'mini-championship'

    Fernando Alonso feels that McLaren is racing in another "mini-championship" behind frontrunners Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari…

    F1
  28. Wolff: Hungary result 'really satisfying' 08:52

    Wolff: Hungary result 'really satisfying'

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has described the team's 1-2 result at the Hungarian Grand Prix as "really satisfying", given the…

    F1
  29. Video of the Day: How to extricate a driver 05:23

    Video of the Day: How to extricate a driver

    MDD Motorsport demonstrates the process of removing a potentially injured driver from a Formula E car.

    FE
  30. 03:37

    Championship standings after Hungary

    F1
  31. Sunday 24 July 2016

  32. Nissany dominates for Silverstone double 17:55

    Nissany dominates for Silverstone double

    Lotus driver Roy Nissany dominated proceedings during the second Formula V8 3.5 race of the weekend to lead a 1-2 for the team…

    FV8 3.5
  33. 17:36

    Latest F1 photos: Sunday at Hungaroring

    F1
  34. Button questions radio-related penalty 17:32

    Button questions radio-related penalty

    Jenson Button has questioned why he received a penalty for radio messages that related to a brake issue in the Hungarian Grand…

    F1
  35. Vettel: Ferrari had raw pace for podium 16:39

    Vettel: Ferrari had raw pace for podium

    Sebastian Vettel rued what might have been after narrowly missing out on a podium to Daniel Ricciardo at the Hungarian Grand…

    F1
  36. Verstappen feels he was 'fair' to Räikkönen 16:03

    Verstappen feels he was 'fair' to Räikkönen

    Max Verstappen believes he was "fair" to Kimi Räikkönen during their Hungarian Grand Prix battle, despite the latter's radio…

    F1
  37. Ricciardo: I can enjoy Hungary podium 15:44

    Ricciardo: I can enjoy Hungary podium

    Daniel Ricciardo has vowed to "enjoy" his second podium of the season at the Hungarian Grand Prix, after the disappointment of…

    F1
  38. Hamilton says race start was 'everything' 15:31

    Hamilton says race start was 'everything'

    Lewis Hamilton says the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix was "everything" as he usurped Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg for…

    F1
  39. 14:49

    In full: Hungarian Grand Prix race results

    F1
  40. Hamilton takes title lead with Hungary win 14:48

    Hamilton takes title lead with Hungary win

    Lewis Hamilton moved to the top of the Formula 1 standings by beating Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to victory in the…

    F1
  41. 12:42

    Follow the Hungarian Grand Prix live!

    F1
  42. 12:08

    Latest GP3 photos: Sunday at Hungaroring

    GP3
  43. Aitken drops two places after penalty 12:06

    Aitken drops two places after penalty

    Jack Aitken has been handed a five-second penalty for causing a collision during the second GP3 race at the Hungaroring…

    GP3
  44. 12:02

    Starting grid for the Hungarian Grand Prix

    F1
more news