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BTCC heads to Oulton Park as title battle heats up

Thursday, May 10 2012

A closely-fought Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season heads north west to Cheshire's Oulton Park circuit this weekend (9-10 June), with no driver able to make a break from the field after the first three rounds.

Against the odds Jason Plato leads the standings in the brand new MG6 GT, but despite a disastrous start to the season, Gordon Shedden has closed the gap to just four points, with team-mate and reigning champion Matt Neal a further ten in arrears. Last year the Honda drivers clashed at Oulton Park, in one of the season's standout moments!

Redstone Racing's Mat Jackson and eBay Motors' Rob Collard have also won races so far in 2012 and both are within 30 points of the championship leader, with 20 on offer for a win in each of the three races.

Meanwhile Andrew Jordan and Dave Newsham have claimed pole positions and challenged for victories but whilst both lay a few points further back, are aware that Oulton Park is a crucial round for their championship ambitions.

Also in the hunt for wins is Preston's Frank Wrathall. The Toyota driver took a third place last time out at Thruxton, delivering on his promising form from last year and he can't wait to get going at his home circuit. "I'm really looking forward to racing at Oulton Park on the back of Thruxton, which kick-started the season for us," he said. "We'll be aiming to build on the podium and get decent results, which is important at our local round. There is extra pressure on me as I'll have so many supporters and friends making the effort to come along, but this makes me more determined to do well."

Oulton Park is one of the BTCC's best-attended rounds, with the challenging Cheshire circuit a favourite among drivers as it's daunting bends and wild undulations make it notoriously difficult to post a fast lap time, favouring the best drivers. Just ten miles from the M6, spectators will be able to take advantage of big television screens at Cascades and Deer Leap, plus grandstand seating and attractions for all the family.

In addition to three intense BTCC races, there will be support action from the Ginetta GT Supercup and Ginetta Junior championships, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB and the Renault Clio Cup, which features F1 champion Lewis Hamilton's brother Nic, star of a recent BBC documentary programme.

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park on 9-10 June are available on the gate on Saturday for £13 and on Sunday for £25, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.