Matt Neal has confirmed he will be contesting the British Touring Car Championship in 2020, alongside teammate Dan Cammish, in what will be his record breaking 30th Season in the BTCC, the most of any driver in the history of the Championship.
The Halfords Yuasa Racing team driver 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 and that now famous £250,000 cheque. There have been a lot of ups and downs over the years, but the positives far out way 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 for making that happen. The evolving regulations and the adoption of new technologies, like hybrid, fills me with excitement for what is coming downstream.
“Personally, I look back on my years in the BTCC and reflect a little on what could have been, several years I’ve missed out on the Championship title by only a few points, but that’s racing for you!
“But overall I look back with a wry grin on my face and feel honored to have raced against some of the best drivers in the World, Nigel Mansell, Derek Warwick, Andy Rouse, Steve Soper, Yvan Muller and of course Jason (Plato), there are just too many to mention, but we have been graced with some amazing names and personalities over the years and I have gone head to head with them all.
“I go into 2020 as hungry as ever to win my 4th BTCC title and take it to Colin, and of course my own teammate 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 in developing him, in his time in BTCC, to be the driver he is today. Dan is undeniably quick and the old adage in motorsport is you always have to beat your teammate first. So that will be the challenge this season.”
Our man, Duncan Vincent also caught up with the 3-time BTCC Champion at this year’s Autosport International Show where they discussed the teams mood heading into the new season, the BTCC competition and the team’s plans for winter testing.
Tickets for the Knockhill BTCC round can be booked online via the Knockhill.com website.