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Last Updated: Sunday, 10 April, 2005, 17:51 GMT 18:51 UK
Neal claims two wins at Donington
Matt Neal
Neal made the best possible start to the season
Honda driver Matt Neal won twice at Donington to take the overall lead after the first three races of the British Touring Car Championship.

Neal edged Vauxhall's Yvan Muller by just 0.339 seconds after taking the lead from the Frenchman on the final lap of the opening race.

Muller won the second race from MG's Rob Collard and Neal.

But Neal beat team-mate Dan Eaves and Muller to bag his second win in the final race of the day.

"What a great day for everyone in the team. A lot of hard work has gone into this," said Neal.

Vauxhall's Colin Turkington had a poor start to his campaign with his new team.

Turkington could only manage fifth in the opening race after starting from pole position, retired from race two and ended up eighth in the third.

Seat driver Jason Plato also had a mediocre day, finishing sixth, fifth and sixth respectively.


Leading positions after race one:
1 Matt Neal (Gbr) Honda Integra 19mins 43.015secs
2 Yvan Muller (Fra) Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch at 0.339secs.
3 Dan Eaves (Gbr) Honda Integra at 8.141.
4 Rob Collard (Gbr) MG ZS at 9.616.
5 Colin Turkington (Gbr) Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch at 12.233.
6 Jason Plato (Gbr) SEAT Toledo Cupra at 15.224.
7 Luke Hines (Gbr) SEAT Toledo Cupra at 15.398.
8 Gavin Smith (Gbr) Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch at 15.603.
9 James Pickford (Gbr) SEAT Toledo Cupra at 25.194.
10 Mark Proctor (Gbr) Vauxhall Astra Coupe at 1 Lap.

Leading positions after race two:
1 Yvan Muller (Fra) Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch 19mins 46.651secs
2 Rob Collard (Gbr) MG ZS at 0.179secs
3 Matt Neal (Gbr) Honda Integra at 1.300
4 Dan Eaves (Gbr) Honda Integra at 6.180
5 Jason Plato (Gbr) SEAT Toledo Cupra at 6.821
6 Gavin Smith (Gbr) Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch at 7.036
7 James Pickford (Gbr) SEAT Toledo Cupra at 14.304
8 Luke Hines (Gbr) SEAT Toledo Cupra at 14.598
9 Richard Williams (Gbr) Lexus IS200 at 1 lap

Leading positions after race three:
1 Matt Neal (Gbr) Honda Integra 19mins 50.443secs
2 Dan Eaves (Gbr) Honda Integra at 0.271
3 Yvan Muller (Fra) Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch at 1.954
4 Rob Collard (Gbr) MG ZS at 5.953
5 Gavin Smith (Gbr) Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch at 8.749
6 Jason Plato (Gbr) SEAT Toledo Cupra at 11.868
7 James Pickford (Gbr) SEAT Toledo Cupra at 12.157
8 Colin Turkington (Gbr) Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch at 16.788
9 Luke Hines (Gbr) SEAT Toledo Cupra at 17.058
10 Mark Proctor (Gbr) Vauxhall Astra Coupe at 45.677

Leading drivers standings after round one:
1 Matt Neal (Gbr) 42pts
2 Yvan Muller (Fra) 40
3 Dan Eaves (Gbr) 31
4 Robert Collard (Gbr) 29
5 Jason Plato (Gbr) 17
6 Gavin Smith (Gbr) 14
7 Colin Turkington (Gbr) 10
7= James Pickford (Gbr) 10
, 9 Luke Hines (Gbr) 9
10 Mark Proctor (Gbr) 2

Leading manufacturers standings after round one:
1 Vauxhall 91
2 SEAT 72





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