After some dramatic, close, and at times controversial racing at Brands Hatch and Donington Park, the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship is now heading to Hampshire’s high-speed Thruxton circuit this weekend (28/29 April).
Thruxton is the fastest track on the BTCC calendar, with cars running bumper-to-bumper at speeds approaching 150mph.
The opening six races of the 2012 championship have produced five different winners – Jason Plato (MG KX Momentum Racing MG), Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden (Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civics), Rob Collard (eBay Motors BMW) and Mat Jackson (Redstone Racing Ford Focus).
It’s Jason Plato who arrives at Thruxton leading the drivers’ standings, but only by a slender margin from reigning Champion Matt Neal, Andrew Jordan in his Pirtek Racing Honda, Collard, Shedden and Jackson. Plato will be hoping to extend his lead on a track which he’s enjoyed three BTCC wins at so far.
Meanwhile, Rob Collard is among the local heroes. Both he and team-mate Nick Foster hail from near Hook, Hampshire. Fleet-based Welch Motorsport, with its Proton Persona driven by Daniel Welch, will be looking to impress on home ground as well.