While the destiny of this season's Dunlop British Touring Car Championship may still be some way from being decided, whoever secures drivers' title might just reflect on Knockhill as the place where things all fell into place.
Scotland's finest Gordon Shedden enjoyed a memorable weekend on his home circuit, winning face two and leaving Fife with a one point lead over team mate Matt Neal.
With three races left, such success might just prove crucial in securing 'Flash' his first drivers' title of his career.If he is to prevail, he will have to overcome two-time champ Neal, who will be similarly pleased with his efforts after erasing the painful memory of Snetterton to surge past Mat Jackson into second place in the standings.
The HiQ Teams' Championship title picture is becoming clearer though, with Honda Racing opening up a near unassailable lead over Silverline Chevrolet.
For Jackson though, the less said about his unfortunate Knockhill experience the better, as the Henley speedster was cruelly beset by misfortune, failing to finish any of the three races.
It was Tom Chilton, Gordon Shedden and Tom Boardman who shared the wins, with Chilton making the most of the pole position he secured the day before.Neal and Shedden followed in second and third spots in their Honda Racing Team Civics - a result that meant they jointly led the standings.
Race two saw Dalgety Bay's Shedden pass Worcestershire's Neal for a famous win on home ground to move three points clear in the title race. Neal finished second to complete a Honda 1-2. Third, achieving the first outright podium result for a car built to the BTCC's latest Next Generation Touring Car technical regulations, was Preston's Frank Wrathall in his Dynojet Toyota Avensis.
In race three, an ecstatic Boardman achieved his and his Preston-based Special Tuning Racing team's first victory in the BTCC after a collision between his SEAT Leon and reigning Champion Jason Plato's Silverline Chevrolet Cruze caused the latter to crash out. Hook's Robert Collard chased Boardman to the line but had to settle for second in his WSR BMW. Taking another third place was Wrathall as Neal and Shedden followed in fourth and fifth.
The pair leave Scotland separated by just one point and some considerable distance now ahead of their rivals led by Airwaves Racing Ford Focus driver Mat Jackson - the Henley-in-Arden racer had led the standings arriving at Knockhill but uncharacteristically crashed out of all three of today's races.
Shedden commented: "It feels great to be leading it finally, but Matt has two titles on me and knows how to apply the pressure so it'll be interesting to see how it all pans out. OK, we've built a bit of a lead now over the rest but no way is it over - there are still nine races left and a shed load of points to be won and you just have to look at poor Jackson today to see how quickly it can go wrong."
Neal, from Droitwich Spa, added: "After the awful time I had last time out at Snetterton this was just what I needed to get back in the title hunt. But Gordon has been on great form and he really is now a very difficult driver to beat whatever the conditions. Sure, it's all played into our hands today but we can't rest on our laurels. There are plenty of drivers in there capable of messing it up for us."
A dejected Jackson commented: "I think that's it now, realistically. They've got 20-plus points on me and even though there are more than 150 available from the final nine races (at Rockingham, Brands Hatch and Silverstone) I cannot see both of them giving up a lead like that. The pace of our car this weekend has been terrific but we've just suffered some really cruel luck. We'll give it everything in the final three rounds - we have nothing to lose now."Consequently, Jackson's three retirements mean his lead in the Independents Trophy has been slashed to just five points by 888 Racing with Collins Contractors' James Nash. Likewise his Airwaves team's lead in the Independent Teams Trophy has been cut to just one point by 888/Collins. Meanwhile Shedden and Neal's results have enabled Honda/Dynamics and their Honda Racing Team to massively stretch their respective leads in the Manufacturer/Constructor and HiQ Teams championships.
Elsewhere during the weekend, BTCC officials fined Team Aon driver Andy Neate £250 for speeding in the pit lane during Saturday's qualifying session.For all the latest news, pictures and blogs from HiQ and the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship, click on our official HiQ BTCC blog here.