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New livery for Honda in BTCC

Halfords Yuasa Racing took the wraps off its 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship challenger during the traditional pre-season Autosport International Show at Birmingham’s NEC this morning, as defending champion Gordon Shedden and fellow triple title-winner Matt Neal unveiled their strikingly-liveried Honda Civic Type R to widespread acclaim.

Honda is the most successful marque in the modern era of the BTCC – commonly regarded as the world’s toughest tin-top series – having sped to no fewer than six Drivers’, five Manufacturers’ and six Teams’ titles since 2005.

Honda duo full of Eastern promise

Honda Yuasa Racing’s dynamic duo Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal are revved-up to get back on-track at Snetterton next weekend (8/9 August), and are targeting an immediate return to the top step of the rostrum following a long summer break.

Shedden and Neal headed into the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship mid-season hiatus with the momentum on their side, sitting first and third in the title standings – separated by just 22 points – as Honda comfortably tops the manufacturers’ table. They will be looking to maintain their rich run of form in Norfolk, where both are previous winners.

Neal give Honda a double win at Brands

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.

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Ingram is fastest first

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.

Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

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