RORY BUTCHER is targeting another podium finish at one of his favourite venues as the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship continues this weekend.

The 36-year-old Toyota Gazoo Racing UK star, and rising Kelty race ace, Ronan Pearson, will both be on the hunt for points when rounds 13, 14 and 15 take place at Oulton Park, Cheshire, this weekend.

Kirkcaldy-born Butcher, whose father, Derek, formerly owned and was CEO of Knockhill Racing Circuit, posted a hat-trick of seventh-placed finishes last time out at Thruxton, whilst 21-year-old Pearson, who competes for EXCELR8 Motorsport, scored his fifth points scoring finish of the year in his debut season.

They are ninth and 21st in the overall standings respectively and Butcher, who is 93 points adrift of current pacesetter, Ash Sutton, hopes to add to his trophy haul at a venue which is his Speedworks Motorsport-run team's home venue.

He has picked up four podium places there in the last three years and, this season, posted his first top three finish of the campaign in the finale at Snetterton, the race weekend prior to that at Thruxton.

In 2021, it was at Oulton Park where Butcher scored his maiden victory for Toyota Gazoo Racing UK - his second success at the venue in as many seasons - and he has since added three more wins to his career tally.

Last year, he converted a front row grid slot in qualifying into a podium place, and two further top five results, and, ahead of this weekend's action, commented: "Oulton Park is one of my favourite circuits on the BTCC calendar. It’s a tremendous challenge to drive and hugely rewarding when you get it right, particularly in qualifying, where you really need to attack the lap.

"Saturday afternoon is arguably the most crucial moment of the weekend there, since the track is so narrow that overtaking in the races is a real art, so focussing on single-lap speed will be high on the agenda and advancing to the top ten shootout will be key.

"The fast, flowing layout is not only a lot of fun but also favours a well-sorted chassis, which is unquestionably what we have in the Corolla, and we were solidly in the hunt there in both 2021 and 2022. In fact, I’ve finished on the podium at Oulton four times in the past three years, so I’ll be giving it everything I’ve got to try to extend that run this weekend."

You can follow the progress of Butcher and Pearson across the weekend, with Saturday afternoon's qualifying session streamed on ITV Sport's YouTube channel from 3.30pm, and Sunday's racing broadcast live on ITV1 from midday, before switching to ITV4 at 2pm.