Neal's Silverstone hopes go up in smoke

First published in Sport

MATT Neal dropped down to third in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship as his car burst into flames on a turbulent day at Silverstone.

But his Pershore-based Honda Yuasa Racing teammate Gordon Shedden leads the table by 15 points from Jason Plato.

Plato, with two, and Mat Jackson shared victories in a thrilling meeting which saw Neal forced into three retirements.

Shedden, Plato, Neal and Andrew Jordan go into the final three races at Brands Hatch with a chance of being crowned champion.

In the first race, Shedden was seventh in his Honda Civic but Neal retired.

Shedden was seventh again in the second and his team-mate suffered another retirement when his car caught fire.

The Scot was sixth in the third race but reigning champ Neal retired again.

Pershore rival Rob Austin guided his Audi A4 to fifth in the first two races before retiring in the third.

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