People will be talking about the third race at last weekend's Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship event at Donington Park for quite some time to come.

It was a race that had everything: a stand-out performance from newcomer Josh Cook in his Chevrolet Cruze; a huge scrap for the lead; plenty of pushing and shoving and a stunning win for Honda Civic Type-R racer Matt Neal (even though the results have yet to be finalised because stewards are looking into early-race contact with Andrew Jordan’s MG6).

One of the key elements to keeping that race tight and action-packed is the layout of the circuit. Donington has ‘long’ and ‘short’ configurations; BTCC series boss Alan Gow says that he generally prefers the shorter circuits, and it is a philosophy that works.

Apart from a couple of exceptions, the BTCC will race on shorter configurations of circuits where there is a choice – Donington, Silverstone and Brands Hatch for example.