BTCC Update: Thruxton and Oulton Park
First off, the boys headed south to Thruxton, the fastest circuit in the country, and one which has been very successful for the Honda Yuasa team in recent years.
Thankfully, 2015 was much the same for the team, with a 1-2 from Shedden and Neal straight out of the gate in race one. This marked the eighth victory for Honda machinery at this circuit in the last nine races – a pretty impressive statistic!
With Plato dominating the second race and young Morgan taking his second ever BTCC win in the final race in his Mercedes, Shedden and Neal managed to gain enough points to keep the team happy by the end of this leg.
Shedden commented on the first race: “To get another win and one-two with the new Civic Type R is a fantastic feeling. I got a great start so straight away I was in some clear air, which made the all-important job of looking after the tyres quite a bit easier. By the time I was at the Complex for the first time I’d broken the tow, and from then on I could manage the pace – the car was perfect.”
Next, the roadshow headed up to Cheshire’s scenin Oulton Park track back in early June.
Race one saw a familiar sight of Neal and Plato battling it out for first, with Neal eventually succumbing to the pressure and settling for second. In the next race, Shedden had a go at taking on Plato, with similar results. In the final race, the Honda duo finished in a perfectly respectable 3-4, consistently racking up valuable points to add to the standings.
Where does this leave the drivers? The overall battle between the top three entrants could not be closer, with Plato leading the pack with 157 points, closely followed by Shedden (154 points) and then Neal (149 points). Needless to say, Honda’s new Type Rs are proving to be just as impressive as we anticipated, with the second half of the calendar promising to provide some electrifying viewing.