Halfords Yuasa Racing will travel to the second outing of the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Donington Park, United Kingdom, this weekend as the team to beat and keen to keep its rivals firmly in the rearview mirror.
Local hero Matt Neal tops the Drivers’ table as he returns to the track where 17 years ago he made history as the first Independent driver to win a BTCC race outright in the modern era, enjoying a bumper payday in the process. The three-time title-holder has since added six further successes to his impressive tally around the popular Leicestershire circuit, and was fastest there at the Season Launch test last month.
Defending champion Shedden is tucked in tightly behind Neal in second spot in the standings – ensuring Honda leads the Manufacturers’ chase and Halfords Yuasa Racing the Teams’ classification. The Scot holds the record for Donington victories and is this season in search of his ninth triumph there.
New Halfords Yuasa Racing recruit Neate, meanwhile, is a self-confessed fan of the undulating drivers’ circuit and after returning to racing at Brands Hatch for the first time in two-and-a-half years, he is eager to make progress up the grid now he has got more to grips with the Honda Civic Type R.