Honda’s Matt Neal completed a memorable afternoon for the Japanese marque as the triple champion claimed the second victory for the new Civic Type R, following team-mate Gordon Shedden’s thrilling race two win earlier in the day.
The finale got off to a dramatic start when Rob Collard’s BMW was tapped into the gravel at Paddock Hill Bend, whilst a quartet of runners further down the field made contact at Druids. The first safety car of the season was immediately deployed as Josh Cook’s Chevrolet and Warren Scott’s VW were also forced into retirement.
Tom Ingram was the surprise name at the top of the time sheets in the first free practice session of the new season of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car championship at Brands Hatch this morning.
On a drying track the Speedworks Motorsport driver set a time of 50.665 seconds, more than half a second faster than the next best car, the Honda of Matt Neal
With less than two weeks until the start of the new season in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, Matt Neal has already picked up his first victory of the year , in the Gerry Marshall Trophy at this weekend's Goodwood Members Meeting.
Neal was driving the 1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 in this afternoon's race, which was open to any Group 1 saloon car originally raced between 1970 and 1982.
Honda Racing has been testing its 2015 Civic Type R BTCC car at Brands Hatch today, and these are the first photos of the new car.
Matt Neal will get his first chance to drive Honda Racing's new Civic with a two day test next week.
The double British Touring Car Champion will be on track on Wednesday and Thursday, before flying to Italy to race on the Mugello 12 hour endurance race next weekend.