BTCC: Silverstone hosts final round

BTCC TITLE GOES DOWN TO THE WIRE AT SILVERSTONE Three drivers in championship showdown as BTCC title goes down to the wire at Silverstone The final round of the 2006 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to Silverstone in just over...

BTCC TITLE GOES DOWN TO THE WIRE AT SILVERSTONE

Three drivers in championship showdown as BTCC title goes down to the wire at Silverstone The final round of the 2006 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to Silverstone in just over a week's time (14-15 October), and with three drivers still in with a shout of claiming the Drivers' Championship, fans, teams and drivers alike could not have wished for a more exciting climax to the season. Tickets are available to purchase now at www.silverstone.co.uk, or by calling 08704 588 260.

Matt Neal, Jason Plato and Colin Turkington are all locked in a three-way battle at the top of the table and will be desperate to clinch the title in front of a bumper end-of-season crowd. And where better to be crowned Champion than at Silverstone -- the home of British Motorsport? Defending champion and Team Halfords Honda driver Neal, currently leads SEAT driver Plato by a margin of 35 points and, with 52 points up for grabs at Silverstone, remains the bookies' favourite to become the BTCC's first back-to-back champion since 1987. Turkington, 49 points behind Neal, is a big outsider, but will be going all out at Silverstone to claim maximum points.

The Silverstone round of the championship is also a home race for Plato and SEAT -- the company's UK headquarters are in Milton Keynes and its SEAT Leon BTCC cars are prepared at SEAT Sport UK's workshops in Northampton. Plato, the 2001 BTCC champion, can expect strong support in front of his home crowd, which looks set to be one of the biggest BTCC crowds in recent years. Matt Neal was expected to rap up the championship at Brands Hatch, but two second place finishes in races 1 and 2, and a failure to finish after a collision in race 3, saw Plato narrow the gap at the top. Since then the Silverstone website and booking lines have been busier than ever, as fans clamour to reserve their places to witness what is sure to be a thrilling finale to the season.

Fans heading to Silverstone can look forward to a busy on-track schedule that includes no fewer than three BTCC races, as well as a mouth-watering spread of support events that include the very best of UK single-seater, saloon and sportscar entertainment. Away from the track race-goers will also enjoy free access to the centre of the circuit and BTCC paddock, while a spectacular air display, driver autograph sessions and FREE family entertainment - including a rock climbing wall, giant Scalextric, Robot Wars, driving simulator and a breathtaking skateboard display from Team Extreme - will add to the festival atmosphere and ensure there's plenty to keep younger fans entertained.

Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, commented, "We are all looking forward to three very exciting races. With three drivers battling it out for the title we can expect real fireworks on the track. What's more, we're delighted that the Championship will be decided here at Silverstone. "While the circuit will remain busy hosting corporate days and driving experiences, the British Touring Car weekend is our last major event of the season. Silverstone has, once again, hosted some of the world's biggest international and domestic championships in 2006 and, as we come to the end of another fantastic year, we're thrilled that our final event will be a title decider. There's a real buzz about the place."

Looking ahead to the BTCC weekend, Phillips concluded, "We're expecting a good turn out from the fans at British Touring Cars and would encourage them to book their tickets in advance, taking advantage of raceday prices of only £15 - which includes a grandstand seat."

-credit: www.silverstone.co.uk

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