Neal claims second victory in dramatic R3

Matt Neal left Oulton Park as the most successful driver with yet another win. After winning the opening race, he went on to grab the top of podium in the final race just in front of hard working Jason Plato’s MG6.

Dual victories made him to move up in the standings ahead of Plato and behind the leader Gordan Shedden. Another chaotic race unfolded in the beautiful circuit in Chesire. The winner of race two Shedden didn’t quite make it up in the final race – only to finish at fourth but he was at least quite consistent in spawning points.

Tom Onslow-Cole lead the early laps but his eBay Motors BMW was no match to the championship contenders but he did well enough to take third ahead of Gordan Shedden. All the three wins were by the dominating Yuasa Honda Racing Team Civic which would’ve changed if Plato’s MG6 didn’t have a component failure in round one.

Somehow with great driving skills Plato was able to make two podium finishes in his super fast MG. Lea Wood in his BINZ Racing Vauxhall Vectra enjoyed his best career finish by finishing fifth. The race was action packed right from the start with Adam Morgan and Will Bratt collided and span out on the downhill to Avenue section of the track.

This had made Jeff Smith to slowdown to avoid the debris. Andy Neate also span out owing to the incident and retired off the race later in the pit lane. Remarkably Morgan kept going without windscreen but on the penultimate lap made collision with Bratt again at the Island Bend hairpin to retire. Meanwhile, Bratt had a good debut weekend and finished the race in 11th.

Redstone Racing Ford Focus drivers engaged in accidents to brought out safety car period. Crash from Liam Griffin at the Druids Bend and Mat Jackson had collided with Daniel Welsch on entrance to Lodge corner. Andrew Jordan and Rob Collard’s tussle brought out second safety car period. There was an incident again with Ollie Jackson and Aron Smith at the Island bend  damaging their cars in the process.

Gordan Shedden leads by five points from his team-mate Matt Neal and Jason Plato a further seven points adrift. Only five points separate the next three with Rob Collard, Andrew Jordan and Mat Jackson covering the top five.

We head all the way to Croft for the next race with everything left for the taking and since the pack is so close I just can’t wait for it to get going.

Race 3/

P/ No/ CL/ Driver/ Car/ Laps/ Gap/ Best/
1 1 Matt Neal Honda Civic 18 1m28.126s
2 99 Jason Plato MG6 18 +0.324s 1m28.231s
3 38 I Tom Onslow-Cole BMW 320si E90 18 +0.891s 1m27.878s
4 52 Gordon Shedden Honda Civic 18 +1.084s 1m28.497s
5 43 I Lea Wood Vauxhall Vectra 18 +3.150s 1m28.940s
6 8 I Robert Collard BMW 320si E90 18 +3.257s 1m28.711s
7 4 I Mat Jackson Ford Focus 18 +3.345s 1m28.501s
8 18 I Nick Foster BMW 320si E90 18 +3.781s 1m28.840s
9 11 I Frank Wrathall Toyota Avensis 18 +8.751s 1m29.551s
10 34 I Tony Gilham Honda Civic 18 +9.281s 1m29.200s
11 14 I Will Bratt Audi A4 18 +13.670s 1m30.228s
12 55 I Jeff Smith Honda Civic 18 +16.307s 1m29.978s
13 78 I Chris James Vauxhall Vectra 18 +16.443s 1m30.252s
14 50 I Tony Hughes Toyota Avensis 18 +18.991s 1m30.559s
15 48 I Ollie Jackson VW Golf MK5 17 +1 lap 1m30.425s
16 33 I Adam Morgan Toyota Avensis 16 +2 laps 1m29.755s
17 12 I Daniel Welch Proton Persona 15 +3 laps 1m29.737s
18 17 I Dave Newsham Vauxhall Vectra 10 +8 laps 1m30.482s
19 77 I Andrew Jordan Honda Civic 9 +9 laps 1m30.385s
20 5 I Aron Smith Ford Focus 9 +9 laps 1m30.243s
21 44 Andy Neate MG6 5 +13 laps 1m29.506s
22 6 I Liam Griffin Ford Focus 2 +16 laps 1m29.785s
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