Fans in for action-packed day ..

AT DONINGTON PARK SAYS BTCC BOSS The boss of Britain's premier motor racing series - the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) - believes fans from across the East Midlands are in for some of the most exciting wheel-to-wheel action of the year at the Donington Park circuit this Sunday (4 May).

Donington, just off junction 24 of the M1 motorway, stages the BTCC's three latest rounds of 2008 and with the race to win the UK's most prestigious motor sport title this year being followed live by the ITV4 cameras the stakes are as high as ever.

Alan Gow, who has been in charge of the BTCC for some 15 of the championship's 50 years - 2008 marks its golden anniversary - says the Donington track lends itself perfectly to the fender-bending action that has made the BTCC famous the world over and is predicting three great races for fans.

BTCC Series Director Gow said: "A look-back down the years shows that some of the most dramatic moments in BTCC history have been played out in front of the Donington crowds.

"We've had team-mates crashing out together, race wins and titles decided on the last lap, shock results and plenty of controversy and arguments among the leading drivers. I see no reason why that tradition won't continue this Sunday.

"The Donington circuit has a high average speed and there are plenty of places for the drivers to have a go at overtaking one another. Of our current grid there are probably as many as 16 drivers all capable of winning races - we've had five different winners from the opening six rounds. "In fact I predict Donington's 2008 BTCC race day will likely produce some of the most exciting action of the UK motor sport calendar."

In addition to the BTCC's three headline races at Donington on Sunday there will be nine more races from a variety of supporting categories. Furthermore, at lunchtime the new 750bhp Superleague Formula car will perform demonstration laps of the circuit while, in the air, there will be a flypast by a WWII Spitfire fighter 'plane from RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. More family entertainment has also been organised by Donington.

Admission for children aged 15 and under is FREE. Adults can still order tickets for £23.00 by visiting Donington's website or calling 01332 810048 - prices include access to the BTCC paddock and the pit lane walkabout when the public can meet the star BTCC drivers for autographs.

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