Thruxton R1: Top three talk to

Winner – Matt Neal:

“I hadn’t given much thought to equalling Andy’s win tally, to be honest. We all thought Andy’s record was unachievable and even though Jason [Plato] exceeded it, I never thought I would get there. Just unbelievable. Yes, there are a lot more races in the season now, but its tough out there. We had a bit of a nightmare here last year and then Donington Park was a rotten weekend all-round for everybody, so to come away with a Halfords Yuasa Racing one-two and a Honda podium lockout on home soil is a dream – a fabulous result. I made sure to look after the car and the tyres were superb throughout. It’s going to be a little bit tougher now with more weight in the car, but bring it on!”

Second Place – Gordon Shedden:

“With 75kg on-board, you just want to focus on looking after the tyres in the first race, keep everything smooth and calm and score some points. I got a slightly better start than Matt but he was a lot lighter than me so I didn’t force the issue too much, because I didn’t have enough to fight him with in that race. It’s fantastic for him to take his 60th BTCC win, and a tremendous effort from the boys to get a one-two finish. We’ve had a few of those over the years and probably more here than anywhere else – and long may that continue. We’ll make some tweaks now for race two and see if we can get to the top of the podium.”

Third Place – Jack Goff:

“We actually finished where we started for once – I’ve usually gone backwards this year! It’s a great result for Eurotech Racing and all my sponsors, because I’ve made them wait a little while this year for my first podium and it’s nice to finally be able to repay their support. I was keeping pace with Shedden until one of the Audis – which we were lapping – had a massive moment right in front of me and I had to lift off the throttle, which cost me all my momentum but we’ll still definitely take third place.”


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