Neal leads Honda Racing 1-2 in qualifying
16 April 2011 – Honda factory driver Matt Neal has secured pole position for Sunday's Race 1 at Donington Park, as the 44-year-old did just enough to beat team-mate Gordon Shedden at the end of this afternoon's 30 minute qualifying session. The former double Champion set a time of 1:10.129 to lead Shedden by a margin of 0.043 seconds, while James Nash claimed third for Triple Eight Engineering.
The session featured three red flags, with Mat Jackson, Andy Neate, Tom Boardman, Chris James and Tony Hughes all the causes of drama at ex-Formula 1 venue. When the track was clear, Andrew Jordan earned the right to line up in fourth on the Race 1 grid, with Tom Chilton the first of the Team Aon drivers in fifth.
Jeff Smith was the first man above the 1:11.000 barrier, although he ended the session just two places behind Eurotech team-mate Jordan. Mat Jackson was next up, while reigning Champion Jason Plato could only manage seventh with the maximum 45kgs of ballast added to his Chevrolet Cruze this weekend after his Brands Hatch success.
Alex MacDowall followed his Silverline Chevrolet team-mate in eighth, ending his time on-track less than a tenth behind Plato. West Surrey Racing’s Rob Collard occupied the last place inside the top ten, edging out Paul O’Neill who is currently behind the wheel of last year’s championship winning Cruze.
Sunday's Race 1 begins at 11:35am local time (BST)