Dunlop #ForeverForward – Croft
Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal took his second Dunlop #ForeverForward award of the season at Croft after charging drives in races two and three saw him gain a total of 24 positions.
Contact in Sunday’s opening encounter saw the Honda man start race two from the back of the grid, enforcing a comeback from Neal – making up 11 places en route to an eventual 18th.
Matt Simpson, in another Honda Civic Type R, of Simpson Racing this time, also made up 11 places and was joined by the Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes of Adam Morgan on the pedestal for most ground gained in the opener.
Neal topped the tally again in race three, with 12 positions made – his fifth spot yielding points that may become vital come season’s end. Tom Ingram in the Speedworks Motorsport Toyota endured another tough weekend, with contact putting pay to his efforts early on, enforcing a fightback. He made up 11 spots – enough ground to come 16th in the finale, tantalisingly just outside of the points-paying positions.
Arguably the most eye-catching performance of the weekend came from the Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Levorg of Ash Sutton as he strung together a victory and two podiums in North Yorkshire.
Race three’s battle through the top ten and subsequent duel with team-mate Jason Plato was an enthralling to-and-fro and were it not for some elbows out driving from eventual winner Mat Jackson, Sutton could have stolen a dramatic win out of the final turn on the ultimate tour.
#ForeverForward – Croft:
1) Matt Neal 24
2) Tom Ingram 17
3) Martin Depper/Aiden Moffat 15
#ForeverForward – Overall Standings:
1) Matt Neal 74
2) Ollie Jackson 70
3) Colin Turkington 69