MOTOR SPORT: THE British Touring Car Championship comes to Oulton Park this weekend and all eyes will be on the needle match between championship leader James Thompson, Matt Neal and Anthony Reid.
MG independent Reid was penalised after clashing with both VX Racing driver Thompson and Team Halfords Honda ace Neal at Silverstone last time out. While Thompson emerged as series leader, Reid is still third in the points, and Neal is right behind him in fourth.
That battle will reignite at Oulton Park, which will host a trio of action-packed BTCC races on Sunday, as well as a supporting cast of other races and a weekend of fun for all the family.
The tour is the UK's favourite national motor racing series thanks to the familiarity of the cars used - like the Vauxhall Astra, MG ZS and Honda Civic Type R - and the no-holds-barred attitude of the drivers that results in bust-ups like the one that could explode this weekend.
However, Reid is already putting the Silverstone incident behind him and focusing on his primary goal - getting his privatelyfunded West Surrey Racing team to the top step of the podium.
This, he believes, is possible at Oulton: 'The first time I drove the car was two days before the first round,' said the Scot. 'We haven't had the winter testing programme all the other teams have had, but we definitely feel a win is imminent because the car improves every time we drive it.'
Elsewhere, the famously outspoken SEAT driver Jason Plato is also contemplating a dramatic weekend of thrills and spills at Oulton Park: 'I like Oulton,' he said. 'It's very up and down and it's very technical, so it catches some drivers out.
'I don't ever expect to go through a BTCC race here without a bit of panel-bashing, but a bit of a tap and a rub is what it's all about.'
There will be a host of other attractions including fairground rides, stilt walkers, trade stands and, for the youngest visitors, bouncy castles, face painting and Oulton Park's very own mascot, Motor Mouse.
Tickets are £25 for race day with children aged 15 and under admitted free.