Honda Civic
Gordon Shedden
(Auto racing)
BMW 3 Series (E30)
Tom Chilton
(Auto racing)

See also

Matt Neal

Knowledge Identifier: +Matt_Neal


Matt Neal

British motor racing driver add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1966.

Countries: United Kingdom (21%), (21%), United States (14%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Honda, Honda Civic, Gordon Shedden

Linked to: Halfords, Honda, Mazda, Vauxhall




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Matt Neal was born in 1966 add something


Neal started out in Motocross but moved into cars in 1988, driving in the Ford Fiesta XR2i category add something


He was the British Group N Champion in 1990 and 1991, he co-drove a $BMW_M3 (BMW_3_Series_(E30)) to victory at the 1990 Willhire 24 Hour race at Snetterton add something


Neal made his BTCC debut with Pyramid Motorsport at the Silverstone round of the 1991 BTCC season driving a $BMW_M3 (BMW_3_Series_(E30)) add something


For 1992 he joined his father's Team Dynamics team driving the $BMW_M3 (BMW_3_Series_(E30)) which Will Hoy had taken to the championship title the year before until the car was badly damaged forcing Neal to switch to the new BMW 318 for the final race of the season add something


He won the Total Cup for drivers without manufacturer support in 1993, before joining Mazda for a season cut short by a huge crash in round five at Silverstone add something


He rejoined Dynamics for 1995, remaining for several years and he occasionally humbled the big names, as well as winning the Independents' title three further times in 1995, 1999 and 2000 add something


In 1999 he caused a sensation by winning a race at Donington Park in his Nissan, the first Independent to do so in the modern era, winning him a £250,000 prize add something


The championship's regulations changed for 2001, and Neal briefly joined Peugeot Sport UK before sitting out most of the season to race in the European Touring Car Championship add something


For 2003 he switched to Honda Racing to drive a Honda Civic Type R, the start of long and mainly undisturbed relationship with Honda add something


Tom Chilton - In 2003 he finished in 9th place overall driving a works Honda Civic Type-R run by Arena Motorsport alongside Matt Neal and Alan Morrison


For 2005 the team developed a Honda Integra from its basic road-going form, which was an unusual move as independent teams have historically raced ex-works cars, but the team's efforts were rewarded as Neal eventually took the drivers' title in the last round at Brands Hatch add something


He won the British Touring Car Championship in 2005, 2006 and 2011 add something


Halfords - The team won the BTCC overall Drivers Championship in 2005 and 2006 with driver Matt Neal


BTC-spec cars such as the Integra were no longer eligible for the main 2007 title, so Dynamics switched to a Honda Civic, using some of their existing running gear but doing development themselves add something


Honda Civic - For the 2007 BTCC season, Team Halfords ran the new eighth generation Honda Civics, built to the latest S2000 regulations, for Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden with limited success and continued to use the Civic into the 2008 and 2009 season


Having signed on as a Vauxhall driver for 2008, Neal let Vauxhall drivers Giovanardi and Tom Chilton through without a fight, but did not do the same for SEAT driver Jason Plato, ensuring Giovanardi would win the title add something


In his first year for VX Racing in 2008, he took just one win at Rockingham, while teammate Giovanardi took five wins on the way to retaining his title add something


Tom Chilton - He left to partner Gordon Shedden at Team Dynamics for the 2008 BTCC season and replacing VX Racing-bound Matt Neal


Fabrizio Giovanardi - In 2008, Chilton left for Team Dynamics, and thus Giovanardi was joined by new team-mates Matt Neal and Tom Onslow-Cole in a three-car team


After a strong start to 2009, winning the opening race at Brands Hatch, he failed to win again all season, finishing fourth in the standings behind Giovanardi add something


In July 2009 Matt successfully achieved the grade of 1st dan black belt in the British Free Fighting Academy, after training with martial arts instructor Andy Hopwood add something


Chevrolet Vectra - VX Racing competed in the 2009 season with three Vectras, driven by Giovanardi, Matt Neal and Andrew Jordan


Opel Vectra - VX Racing competed in the 2009 season with three Vectras, driven by Giovanardi, Matt Neal and Andrew Jordan


Neal returned to Team Dynamics for the 2010 season, now racing under the Honda Racing banner alongside former team mate Gordon Shedden add something


Neal won two more races at Oulton Park and with team mate Shedden taking the other win, Honda Yuasa Racing Team became the first team to win all three races in a day since Team Aon won all three races at Silverstone in 2010 add something


Neal stayed with Honda in 2011, with the Honda Civic now using an 2,0 NGTC Honda engine built by Neil Brown Engines add something


Honda Civic - In 2011 the team returns with its Civic to defend its Team and Manufacturers championship agin with the Neil and Shedden pairing


Proton (automobile) - In comparison, 2011 Drivers' Champion Matt Neal of Honda Racing Team scored 257 points


Honda Civic - The drivers continue to be Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden, who are the 2011 and 2012 BTCC driver champions respectively


In 2012, Neal drove the new NGTC Honda Civic add something


Honda Civic (ninth generation) - Honda entered the 2012 British Touring Car Championship with two NGTC compliant European Civic hatchbacks with Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden as drivers


Neal stayed with Honda for the 2013 season alongside Shedden add something


He will once again be paired with Shedden for the 2014 season, this time driving the new Honda Civic Tourer add something


In March 2015 he drove for Milltek Sport in their diesel Golf in the Mugello 12hr race finishing second in class, a week later driving a 500Hp 1979 Bastos Chevrolet Camaro with David Clark he won the Gerry Marshall Trophy race at Goodwood Members Meeting add something


Gordon Shedden - Halfords returned as the teams main sponsor for 2016 a full 10 years since they took Matt Neal to his second drivers title