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Neal to contest record-breaking 30th BTCC season

Friday, January 17 2020

Touring car legend Matt Neal has confirmed he will contest the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, his 30th consecutive year in the category.

Neal will again join Dan Cammish at Halfords Yuasa Racing, remaining with the Team Dynamics squad with whom he's raced with for the majority of his career.

The 53-year-old is a three-time BTCC champion, having won 63 races, the second most of any driver behind only arch rival Jason Plato.

Neal commented: "I can't believe it's my 30th year! It seems like only yesterday that I was competing in my first championship race and winning my first race. There have been a lot of ups and downs over the years, but the positives far outweigh the negatives. The championship continues to grow in stature, both in the UK and on a world platform and I take my hat off to Alan Gow (Series Chief Executive) for making that happen. The evolving regulations and the adoption of new technologies, like hybrid, fill me with excitement for what is coming downstream.

"I go into 2020 as hungry as ever to win my fourth BTCC title and take it to Colin (Turkington), and of course my own team-mate Dan, who continues to impress me with his driving aptitude. We work well as a team and I'd hope that I have played an influential part during his BTCC career in developing him to be the driver he is today. Dan is undeniably quick and the old adage in motorsport is that you always have to beat your team-mate first. So that will be the challenge this season.

"The Honda FK8 Type R is now a pretty potent package in its third season and I can't wait to get behind the wheel testing again next month. With Honda, Halfords and Yuasa all partnering us again for another season, as well as all our other supporting sponsors, we have the ingredients in place for an exciting year ahead. But will it be my last? We'll have to wait and see!"

The 2020 Kwik Fit BTCC season starts at Donington Park on 28-29 March, with tickets on sale now. For more information or to book, click here.