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Last Updated: Sunday, 5 June, 2005, 17:32 GMT 18:32 UK
Brands Hatch double boosts Neal
Matt Neal
Neal gets off to a flier at Brands
Matt Neal seized the lead of the British Touring Car Championship with a double victory at Brands Hatch.

The Honda team arrived at Brands on a high after Dan Eaves swept all three races at Thruxton.

But after Eaves crashed out of race one on Sunday, Neal held off Vauxhall's Colin Turkington for the win to take the lead in the standings.

Neal then won race two, with Eaves third, before Yvan Muller held off Eaves to take the last race.

Neal came home sixth in race three to let Eaves claw back some ground in the championship race.

Muller benefited from the reverse grid system to claim maximum points and stay in touch in the standings despite a difficult start to life with Vauxhall's new car.

Vauxhall dominated the series for four years with their last model but Muller's narrow win from Eaves was just their second of the season.

The Frenchman's consistency - and a small grid this season - have helped him remain in contention for the title and he left Kent just 11 points down on Neal. Eaves trails his team-mate by seven.

Driver Championship Standings (after round nine):

1 Matt Neal (Gbr) Honda Integra 110pts
2 Dan Eaves (Gbr) Honda Integra 103
3 Yvan Muller (Fra) Vauxhall Astra 99
4 Jason Plato (Gbr) SEAT Toledo 74
5 Colin Turkington (Gbr) Vauxhall Astra 58
6 Rob Collard (Gbr) MG ZS 45
7 James Pickford (Gbr) SEAT Toledo 37
8 Luke Hines (Gbr) SEAT Toledo 25
9 Gavin Smith (Gbr) Vauxhall Astra 22
10 Tom Chilton (Gbr) Honda Civic 18

Manufacturer Championship standings:

1 Vauxhall 26pts
2 SEAT 218

Team Championship standings:

1 Team Halfords 202pts
2 VX RAcing 160
3 SEAT Sport UK 112
4 WSR 46
5 Synchro Motorsports 18

Eaves claims Thruxton clean sweep
01 May 05 |  Motorsport

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