Honda’s Matt Neal will be playing the team game for the remainder of the season as the British Touring Car Championship title battle tightens at the top of the field.
Neal is still mathematically in with a chance at taking his fourth title this season, but is nearly 100 points behind leader Colin Turkington with only nine races remaining.
Team-mate Gordon Shedden has a much better chance at taking the 2017 crown, running third in the standings and only 12 points behind Turkington.
“At this stage of the season, with my points deficit to the top of the table, I’ve got to be realistic,” Neal told Touring Car Times.
“And that means turning my focus to the Teams’ and Manufacturers’ battles and helping Flash, because he is still well in the hunt.
“We have always worked very well together, so hopefully we can tickle the top six in the qualifying at Rockingham and then move forward from there.”
Shedden dropped out of the lead of the championship with a difficult weekend at home at Knockhill, where he finished 11th, sixth, and second, and is looking to take strong points in the remaining three rounds.
“It’s the BTCC so anything can still happen, but the title is likely now boiling down to four drivers and we need to start scoring some big points again after a difficult few weekends,” he said.
“Having Matt’s support will unquestionably help. Playing the team game has always been one of our strengths as a pairing, so I’m sure we will be a formidable force working together.”
Shedden is battling against Turkington, Ashley Sutton, and Rob Collard.
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