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Matt Neal’s title hopes are still alive in final round
2:00pm Saturday 12th October 2013 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
MATT Neal and defending champion Gordon Shedden are both in the running for British Touring Car Championship glory tomorrow in the final round at Brands Hatch.
Six months of competition comes down to three races with five drivers still in contention to lift the title.
Andrew Jordan, of Pirtek Racing, is in pole position with three-time champion Neal and Shedden, who drive for Pershore-based Honda Yuasa Racing, 34 and 35 points behind respectively.
Colin Turkington and Jason Plato make up the quintet vying for success.
Two podiums at Silverstone brought Neal, of Shenstone, back into contention and he will contest the triple-header finale after being given the all-clear following surgery to repair a broken finger.
Shedden has fought hard after a tough start to his championship defence but won the final race at Silverstone last month.
Evesham driver Rob Austin sits 10th in his WIX Racing Audi A4.