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It’s tight at the top as BTCC heads to Oulton Park

Friday, June 01 2018

The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship arrives at Oulton Park next weekend (9-10 June) with the top three drivers separated by just 11 points. Big crowds are expected at what is traditionally the championship's most popular round with spectators and drivers alike, and the battle for dominance is bound to be fierce.

BTCC racing sees 32 evenly-matched cars produce thrilling nose-to-tail - and often side-by-side - action. An accessible paddock allows spectators to get close to their favourite drivers and the event creates a real family atmosphere. The cars are all familiar sights - with something not so familiar underneath the bonnet! BTCC cars are racier versions of road cars, capable of reaching 140mph, and 11 top manufacturers are represented.

With nine races of the championship's 60th anniversary season complete, the leading names aren't altogether expected as the battle heads to the Cheshire circuit.  Blackburn-born Adam Morgan is the form man following victories at Donington Park and Thruxton.  The six-time BTCC race winner has enjoyed a strong start to the season in his family team-run Mercedes, but he'll have to fight hard to maintain dominance as he leads by just one point from Josh Cook.

Cook, the Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall team driver, has emerged as a front runner with two race wins so far this season after previously showing great promise in the BTCC. And just behind him is a more familiar name - Tom Ingram, once again driving the local Speedworks Motorsport's Toyota Avensis.  Ingram has long been earmarked as a BTCC superstar in the making and his pairing with the Speedworks team has been one of the most potent in recent seasons.

Another driver to look out for next weekend is Ciceley Motorsport's Tom Oliphant, who will be on home turf for rounds 10, 11 and 12 at Oulton Park. Oliphant grew up down the road in Tarporley and used to marshal at the circuit and work there on experience days.
Oliphant joined the BTCC for 2018 after four years on the support package - two in Ginetta GT4 Supercup, where he became the 2015 champion, followed by two in Porsche Carrera Cup GB - and made a steady start to the season before a poor showing last time out at Thruxton, with a 17th, 19thand a non-finish.

As well as three BTCC races, the weekend features support from the Ginetta Junior championship for racers aged 14-17, the Renault UK Clio Cup, the F4 British Championship, the Ginetta GT4 Supercup, and the million-pound grid of the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain. 

Discount adult weekend tickets are £37 with reductions for teens (13-15) and kids under 13 go free. Raceday Sunday tickets are £28 in advance and you can save on postage with our print-at-home ticket option. Full details here.