Having been missing from the calendar in 2007, Silverstone will return to the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship next weekend when it plays host to the penultimate round of the 2008 campaign.

The short National layout will once again be in use as Fabrizio Giovanardi, Jason Plato et all head to the Home of British Motor Racing, with fans set to benefit from the shorter lap to catch even more of the action throughout race day - which will also include action from the likes of the Renault Clio Cup, Porsche Carrera Cup and Ginetta Junior Championship.

Silverstone could prove to be a critical meeting in deciding the destiny of the 2008 title race, with Giovanardi heading into the weekend with a lead of 41 points over Plato following the eighth round of the year at Knockhill.

While the SEAT Leon TDi should be a potent force around the high-speed National circuit, Giovanardi will take a second straight title if he can outscore Plato by 12 points from the three races. That would give the Italian a lead of 53 points, with a maximum of 52 then available on Finals Day at Brands Hatch.

The race for the Independents' title is much more closely fought, with the top three drivers still in contention for the title. With 35 points covering Colin Turkington, Mat Jackson and Adam Jones in the standings - and a maximum of 90 points still to play for - Silverstone will play a critical part in deciding which driver lifts the title at the end of the year.

Aside from the 'modern' action, Silverstone will celebrate 50 years of the BTCC with parade laps from legends of the series, with the first ever champion Jack Sears and the most successful driver in series history, Andy Rouse, both in action. A range of famous BTCC machines - including the iconic Sierra Cosworth RS500 - will be lined up in the open paddock as part of a historic car display.

Weekend tickets for the non-stop action can be picked up for ?27, with race day tickets at ?23, when bought in advance with tickets available by clicking HERE - thereby ensuring your place in the grandstands to see if the 2008 title will be won with a round still to go.


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