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Oulton Park announce 2016 racing calendar

British Touring Car Championship, British Superbikes and a host of family events to come over the course of the year at Cheshire circuit

The British Touring Car Championship rolls into Oulton Park later this year(Image: Az Edwards www.AE-Photography.co.uk)

Oulton Park racing circuit has unveiled it’s 2016 calendar, which includes major championships and family events.

The Cheshire, situated in the village of Little Budworth, circuit will host several major national championships this season, including a pair of visits from the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship over the May Bank Holiday weekend and the weekend of September 9. Fans will be able to catch Chester-born Jenny Tinmouth on the grid once again after the Ellesmere Port racer secured another season with Honda Racing.

The British Touring Car Championship returns to the circuit on June 4/5, and Oulton Park traditionally hosts the championship’s best-attended round.

Reigning champion Gordon Shedden and Honda team-mate Matt Neal will be in action, plus rivals Jason Plato and Colin Turkington.

The season will get underway with the brand new family-themed Easter Funday event on Monday, March 28.

Activities will include children’s entertainers, village games including a jousting demonstration, a giant Easter Egg hunt, funfair and classic car displays. Visitors will also be able to try Oulton Park’s rally, 4x4 and YoungDrive activities in addition to racing on the track, and demonstration runs from 90s Formula One cars.

Mini fans will rejoice at the return of the popular Mini Festival on 20 August, and there’s a new event for Volkswagen owners and enthusiasts, Dubworth, on 7/8 May. Both will feature a feast of off-track entertainment in addition to themed races.

Other highlights include high-speed thrills from British GT supercars and the BRDC Formula 4 Championship featuring the racing stars of tomorrow on Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend (May 28 & 30), plus the spectacular modified machines of TunerFest North on July 9. The 2016 season closes with sideways thrills and spectacular pyrotechnics at the popular Rally and Fireworks event on Guy Fawkes Night (November 5).

Tickets for many events are now on general sale. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or visit www.oultonpark.co.uk.

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