WORCESTERSHIRE’S Matt Neal had a mixed day at Knockhill but escaped with an increased British Touring Car Championship lead.

Reigning champion Neal heads into the final three rounds with a 10-point lead over Pershore team-mate Gordon Shedden and 36 more than Jason Plato.

Plato crashed out of the opener as Robert Collard and Tom Onslow-Cole finished first and second respectively.

Shedden was third in his Honda Yuasa Racing Team Civic, while Neal finished seventh. It was the same top three in the second race with Neal eighth.

Dave Newsham won the third followed by Jeff Smith and Neal as Shedden and Plato retired.

Neal admitted: “I have no idea how I am still in front.

It’s been a horrid weekend for me, but Gordon’s retirement in that third race plus a bad day for Jason have saved my skin.”