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Neal’s title hopes took a literal battering on lap four. His Civic Type R suddenly slowed coming into Paddock Hill Bend and, despite performing a complete reset of the electrical system as the cars headed up to Druids, the power was gone from the two-litre turbocharged motor.
He pulled to the side of the circuit and tried to tour back to the pits but, as he came out of Druids, side-by-side contact was made with Sutton’s MG. The Honda spun wildly in to the wall while Sutton (on the cusp of the Jack Sears Trophy) would be forced to retire.
Neal’s battering left him with concussion, and he was taken to the medical centre for checks. The doctors prescribed that he should not start the finale, even though he was the fourth and final man in with a shot of the crown.
While the momentum might have been with Turkington, there was the pesky reversed grid to cope with too. The number seven was pulled out, giving Jackson the prime spot alongside Moffat.
Ominously, Tordoff would start third, with Cook alongside and Shedden back on row three.