Honda extended its position at the head of the BTCC manufacturer points table following the second meeting of the season at Donington Park.


Honda extended its position at the head of the British Touring Car Championship manufacturer points table following the second meeting of the season at Donington Park, after Matt Neal scored the Halfords Yuasa Racing team's first podium finish of 2019 in race two.

Dan Cammish fought hard to get into the top 10 in the final race and scored some vital points for the team For the second meeting in succession a rain-afflicted qualifying session and resultant red flag stoppages prevented either driver making the most of their pace in their Honda Civic Type R race cars, and teammates Dan Cammish and Matt Neal ended up sharing the fourth row of the grid in seventh and eighth places.

Race one proved a carnage-filled affair interrupted by two safety-car periods. Restarting from the first one, an opportunistic Neal made the most of a frantic six-car battle to not only overtake his teammate but also four other cars.

Thereafter the two Halfords Yuasa Racing Hondas circulated with the rival Toyota of Tom Ingram sandwiched between them, Neal and Cammish finishing fourth and sixth to guarantee promising grid spots for race two.

Both Hondas made strong starts to the second race with Cammish rounding the Toyota of Ingram to slot into fifth behind his teammate. But unfortunately his progress was then arrested by a drive-through penalty for an adjudged out-of-position start. This dropped him to the back of the field from which he fought back to a 13th place finish.

Neal, meanwhile, closed on the leaders, passing the BMW of Tom Oliphant and then the Subaru of Ashley Sutton with a brave manoeuvre around the outside of the first corner. The Honda crossed the finish line in second place to earn a delighted Neal the team's first podium of 2019 and to extend Honda's lead in the manufacturers' championship.