Five drivers in the hunt, three races remaining, and thousands of British Touring Car Championship fans none the wiser as to who will win the title!

That's the magic of Britain's premier motor racing series, which will keep supporters of every driver talking right up until the final race weekend at Silverstone on October 15 and 16.

On a gorgeous day of sunshine in Kent, Jason Plato emerged with two victories to steal a march on his Honda rivals, only for Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden to seal a one-two in the third and final race to claw back the most slender of advantages.

It all means that Neal is in the lead by a mere five points from Plato and teammate Shedden, with everything still to play for in a fortnight's time.

With the HiQ Teams' Championship title all but secured for Honda Racing, the team can focus all their efforts on securing a memorable double triumph for one of their charges.

Typically, Jason Plato was playing down his chances of retaining his title, deeming Silverstone's circuit too incompatible with his Chevrolet Cruze, despite his Brands delight.

But he'll take his position from where he was three race weekends ago, as will Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden right now, following the disaster of tyre woes in race one at Brands Hatch.

Mat Jackson and James Nash may well have a say in proceedings too and can mathematically win the title themselves.
And with the BTCC gods as notorious as HiQ knows they are, we wouldn't dare predict who will finish where come 6pm on Sunday October 16.

Neal, who won back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006 said: "A 1-2 in race three is a relief because at one stage today it really looked like the title was slipping through our fingers through some bad luck."

Nash and Jackson will also battle it out for the Independents Trophy for the drivers in privateer teams - 17 points separate them with a potential 45 still available from the season's final three races.

Quite who will win the HiQ champagne moment after this weekend is anyone's guess.

Quite who will win the overall silverware out of five different drivers really is anyone's guess.