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EAST MIDLANDS CIRCUIT NEXT STOP FOR BRITAIN'S PREMIER MOTOR RACING SERIES There is now less than a fortnight to go before the stars of the UK's premier motor racing series - the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship - arrive in the East ...

EAST MIDLANDS CIRCUIT NEXT STOP FOR BRITAIN'S PREMIER MOTOR RACING SERIES

There is now less than a fortnight to go before the stars of the UK's premier motor racing series - the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship - arrive in the East Midlands, at the Rockingham circuit in Northamptonshire, for round two of their exhilarating 2010 season on Sunday 25 April.

The event marks a golden opportunity for people from across the region to see the high-profile BTCC at its famous bumper-to-bumper best before the championship heads off on the rest of its UK-wide tour over the next six months.

Meet the stars - FREE admission for kids

Tens of thousands of people from across the region are sure to descend on Rockingham, just outside Corby, for the not-to-be-missed BTCC race day that features three touring car showdowns. Tickets costing as little as GBP23.00 per adult can be purchased in advance from the www.rockingham.co.uk website or the hotline 01536 500500. Admission for children aged 15 and under is FREE.

All prices include grandstand seating and access to the BTCC teams' paddock and pit lane autograph session which offers the public an opportunity to meet the stars of the show - something unique among top-line sports today. Furthermore, Rockingham's public facilities are acknowledged as being among the very best of any sports venue in the UK, adding to the event's huge family appeal.

Home favourites gunning for victory

As shown live on ITV4, Italian megastar Fabrizio Giovanardi has stolen an early championship lead thanks to two wins in his Uniq Racing with Triple Eight team's Vauxhall Vectra in the season-opener staged at Thruxton in Hampshire. However, right behind is British hero Jason Plato who is sure to receive plenty of the crowd's support at Rockingham - not least because his Silverline Chevrolet team is based just down the road in Wellingborough.

Rockingham also marks home territory for two more drivers on the grid - Brixworth's Steven Kane and Kettering's Paul O'Neill. Airwaves BMW ace Kane is on a massive high after achieving the first win of his BTCC career in race three at Thruxton. O'Neill was another to star at Thruxton as well with three top six finishes - including a podium result in his Sunshine.co.uk/Tech-Speed Honda - and will arrive at Rockingham lying an excellent fourth in the points standings behind Giovanardi, Plato and Kane's team-mate Mat Jackson.

Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden - who like Giovanardi, Plato and Jackson have tasted victory in the past at Rockingham - are certain to be right in the thick of the action in the Honda Racing Team's Honda Civics, having demonstrated terrific pace at Thruxton. Likewise the LPG-powered Team Aon Ford Focus STs of Tom Chilton and Tom Onslow-Cole and the WSR BMW of Robert Collard.

SEAT and Volkswagen are also represented among the 23-strong entry - giving fans a choice of seven different manufacturers to cheer on.

Ten-race bill equals non-stop action

While three BTCC races top the bill at Rockingham on 25 April, there will also be plenty more action for the crowds to enjoy with a further seven races from the supporting Ginetta G50, Ginetta Junior, Porsche Carrera, Renault Clio and Formula Renault categories that provide the very best in one-make sportscar, saloon and single-seater racing in the UK.

Sunday's on-track action starts at 10.00am with the BTCC's three headline races scheduled to take place at 11.20am, 2.05pm and 4.45pm.

ITV4's live coverage of the event is from 11.00am-3.15pm followed by a prime-time evening highlights show from 8.30pm-10.00pm.

For all the latest news in the run-up to Rockingham's BTCC race day (Sun 25 Apr) visit the championship's official website www.btcc.net

Fans can also follow the BTCC on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DunlopBTCC or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/btccdotnet

-source: btcc.net

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Series BTCC
Drivers Fabrizio Giovanardi , Tom Chilton , Paul O'Neill , Jason Plato , Matt Neal , Robert Collard , Steven Kane , Tom Onslow-Cole , Gordon Shedden , Mat Jackson