Touring Car Action Comes to Donington Park This Weekend - 16/17 April
|Published: 15th April 2011 00:29|
This weekend will see the fast paced, high action Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship roll into Donington Park in Castle Donington, for round two of the 2011 series.
Jason PlatoFresh from the opening round at Brands Hatch, where reigning champion Jason Plato left with an eight point advantage, the series that is renowned for bumper to bumper action returns to the legendary circuit that last year saw drama at the Esses chicane, when the Chevrolet driver was involved in a multi-car pile-up.
Speaking exclusively to BTCC.net earlier this week about his return to Donington, Plato cited the Leicestershire circuit as potentially one of his toughest challenges this year, due its fast and flowing nature and the regulation changes that this season see him up against rivals, like Matt Neal in Turbocharged cars.
Chasing Plato in the series standings is Henley-in-Arden based Mat Jackson, who in his Airwaves Racing Ford Focus ST will be looking to bridge the gap this weekend to boost his championship chances after a great opening round where the leading independent driver visited the podium twice with a third and a great second place finish in the final race of the day.
Keen to repeat his performance from his last visit to Donington Park will be double champion Matt Neal, who in 2010 recorded two race wins at the circuit. Despite not getting the perfect start to his season that he'd hoped for, after a crash in the opening race of the year, Neal will undoubtedly be at the sharp end of the action from the beginning, after ending the opening round with a win in race three.
With a packed schedule of practice and qualifying starting on Saturday April 16 and racing all day from 09.20am on Sunday, Donington will also welcome action from the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain, Ginetta Junior Championship, Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship, Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup and Air Asia Renault Clio Cup, with the Ginetta GT Supercup, Renault Clio and Ginetta Junior series enjoying their first race action on Saturday afternoon.
Race day tickets cost £25 for adults, with children under 15 going free. Advanced tickets sales are open until midnight on Thursday 14th April. For further information, please visit www.donington-park.co.uk