OULTON Park played host to another legend recently, England and Lancashire cricketer Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff.
He may have been out of cricketing action but he was given his first taste of motor racing by Channel Five's Fifth Gear programme.
Flintoff started by taking his own machine - the range-topping, 5.0-litre V10-powered Volkswagen Touareg luxury 4x4 - to the track with expert tuition from Five's presenter and racing driver, Vicki Butler-Henderson.
Flintoff said: 'Oulton Park is my local track - I only live half an hour down the road - but I'd never before been to or driven on a track, so I was looking forward to a day there with my sponsor Volkswagen.
'It may not be the sort of car most people would take on a circuit, but it was great to see what it could do when you really push it and open up the V10 engine.'
Flintoff also had the opportunity to perfect his track driving skills in a variety of other cars, including a Porsche Cayman and the Volkswagen Golf R32.
The Fifth Gear TV piece appeared as part of the show's new series, which started last week.
Anyone wanting to follow Flintoff and get on track at Oulton Park can do so by taking part in one of the circuit's RaceMaster experiences, which give you the chance to drive a Clio Renaultsport 197 before stepping into a single-seater racing car. Places are available by calling 0870 950 9000 or visiting www.oultonpark.co.uk ; prices start from £145.