The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship is set for an Easter bonanza this weekend (15/16th April) as rounds four, five and six take place at Donington Park.
Following on from a blockbuster season-opener at Brands Hatch, the 32-car strong series heads to the Leicestershire venue to write the next chapter in what is already shaping up to be an intriguing 2017 campaign.
Defending champion Gordon Shedden enters the bank holiday weekend with a slender six-point advantage at the top of the standings. The Halfords Yuasa Racing driver took victory in round two and backed that up further with a podium and seventh place finish.
Virtue of his early advantage, the Scotsman will carry the maximum 75kgs of success ballast into both qualifying and race one at Donington Park. Tom Ingram will have 66kgs on-board his Speedworks Motorsport Toyota as he bids to build on his stellar start to the season where he won the opening round.
The last of the Brands Hatch race winners was West Surrey Racing’s Andrew Jordan and he heads to his home event third in the standings, keen to build on his strong start to the year.
Adam Morgan, Rob Collard, Tom Chilton, Colin Turkington, Jack Goff, Mat Jackson and Michael Epps are all in the top ten too and will have their sights set on banking more big points.
Triple champion Matt Neal may be one to watch around the 1.98 mile National layout, especially as he enters the weekend free of ballast. The Honda racer produced a battling display at the start of the month as he bounced back from a race one retirement. With his local circuit holding special memories for him having won his first race and £250,000 in 1999, the 50-year-old could well replicate his 2016 victory at the circuit.
Other names to watch out for include Jason Plato and Ashley Sutton of Adrian Flux Subaru Racing, who both found themselves in the wars at Brands Hatch. Fellow manufacturer MG will be keen to shine too with Aron Taylor-Smith and Daniel Lloyd at a circuit that has treated the MG6 GT well in the past.
With three high-octane races set to more than likely offer up more questions than answers, the BTCC is set to produce a fitting Easter display.