THE British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) returns to Rockingham this weekend (July 1/2) to complete a hat-trick of club race meetings staged at the Northamptonshire circuit over consecutive weeks.
Advance tickets are priced at just £12 per day and admission for children aged 15 and under is FREE ensuring families can enjoy the venue’s first British Club motor racing action of the season at an affordable price.
This is the second time this season BARC has visited the venue and once again motorsports fans can expect two bumper days of track action with seven different championships serving up 14 races between them.
For a number of championships, Rockingham marks the halfway point in the season, and this weekend could prove to be a pivotal one in relation to the outcome of who will emerge as champion come the end of the campaign.
Tackling the UK’s only banked Oval at speeds of up to 150mph, the Pickup Truck Championship is back at its spiritual home for a third time this year. The American-style racers deliver maximum excitement with its full-throttle racing just inches from the infamous concrete wall.
Sitting at the helm of the standings is #99 Scott Bourne however #65 Mark Willis and #43 Lea Wood are both chasing him down. However in recent visits, Willis has dominated on the Oval and he will be looking to extend his advantage over his rivals.
The championship will take to Europe’s fastest racing circuit on Saturday for practice and qualifying before the latest round of the Oval championship on Sunday, which will see two hotly contested, adrenalin-fuelled 35 lap races.
The majority of the race programme will be staged on the International Super Sports Car Circuit including a double-header from the Michelin Clio Cup Series. Ben Palmer leads the standings as the championship heads to Rockingham after taking three of the opening four wins this season.
However Palmer is not expected to have it all his own way as his intriguing tussle with Anton Spires is set to continue. While an influx of new drivers in the road class means the battle for the top step of the podium will be as wide open as ever, however it is Nic Harrison who is currently the points’ leader.
After enjoying a best-ever entry list of more than 20 cars at Thruxton, the Hyundai Coupe Cup is in action too with another bumper grid. The one-make, low-cost series has proved to be a smash hit and this weekend should be no different.
The nostalgic thrills ’n’ spills will be provided by the Lancaster Insurance MG Owners Club Championship whilst the BARC South East Intermarque Championship will also hit the 1.97-mile circuit. Track Attack will cap off the frenetic entertainment with racing over both days; action coming from the Nippon/ Tricolore/ Multi-Marques and the MR2 Classic Race Series.
As always at Rockingham all tickets include access to a grandstand seat offering panoramic views of the entire circuit, the pit garage roof and race paddock, which means there are no hidden costs. Advance tickets can be booked online at www.rockingham.co.uk or via the hotline on 01536 500500, option 1, until midday on Friday (June 30). Adult tickets will be available on the gate priced £16 per day.