Colin Turkington resumes the battle in the 2014 British Touring Car Championship this weekend on the fastest circuit used by the series at Thruxton in Hampshire.
Wheel-to-wheel racing at more than 140mph is not for the feint hearted and the high speed flat-out nature of this circuit highlights the thrills and spills of top-level touring car racing in all its glory, where bumping and grinding is all part of the action. The opening rounds of the BTCC season have already produced five different winners from just six races, highlighting the competitiveness of the field.
Four of the seven former champions on the grid have stood on the top step of the podium so far. Reigning champion Andrew Jordan and Jason Plato are tied at the top having both enjoyed one stellar weekend apiece. The Honda Civic of Jordan took pole position and two race victories at Brands Hatch, whilst Plato just fell short of repeating the feat at Donington with a pole, a win and a second place finish. The top two are just a point ahead of 2012 champion Gordon Shedden, who produced a heart-stopping final corner move on the BMW of Turkington last time out at Donington.
It was a moment that will go down in BTCC history as both cars slid off the track and into gravel before the Scotsman hauled his Honda Civic Tourer back on to the tarmac just ahead of the Ulsterman to take the win.
Turkington will be aiming to move even closer to the top of the leader board, he is currently fourth overall, but Thruxton is a circuit likely to suit the MGs.
Meanwhile, regarded by many as the most popular rally in Ireland, details have been released for the 44th Donegal International Rally, which takes place from June 20-22.
The rally will start from An Grianan Theatre on Friday morning, June 20, with the cars on view at Parc Ferme each evening in the new location at the end of the Port Road adjacent to the Donegal Motor Club office.
It will finish at its ancestral home at Rally HQ, the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny, on Sunday evening. More information will follow shortly and regulations and entry forms are now available from www.donegalrally.ie.