BRITAIN'S most popular car racing championship reaches its halfway point on Sunday at Oulton Park.

The British Touring Car Championship has so far been a fierce battle since the off in April when Jason Plato won two of the first three races.

Defending champion Matt Neal stunned onlookers by winning the other race in a car which had been completed only a week earlier.

Since then the series has produced five different winners from 12 races, with former European Touring Car Champion Fabrizio Giovanardi and previous BTCC champion Pla to heading the points table as the series heads to Mid Cheshire.

But both have suffered mis-fortune at Oulton in the past - Giovanardi spun out of a wet qualifying session a year ago while former racer Yvan Muller forced Plato into the gravel in 2005.

Regional interest is provided by Preston's Jason Hughes and Chris Stockton, from Malpas, who will be looking to shine again after scoring points in the most recent rounds. Stockton, married to leading British three-day eventer Polly Stockton, will be in action racing his BTC team's Lexus.

Tickets cost £27 for Sunday's raceday on the gate while children aged 12 and under are admitted free to the race, paddock and the pit lane walk-about where they can meet the drivers.