The Pickup Truck Championship is a sight to behold at Rockingham as the American-style racers thunder around Europe’s fastest racing circuit at jaw dropping speeds! Next Sunday (May 14) the series returns to the Northamptonshire venue.
To showcase these awesome machines in action as well as celebrate 15-years of oval racing at the Northamptonshire circuit, Rockingham is throwing open its doors and inviting members of the public to come along and watch for FREE!
A firm favourite with the home crowd, this is the second of four visits in 2017 for the championship to the UK’s only banked oval, building up to a grand finale at Rockingham’s Truxx Factor event on September 30/October 1.
With speeds close to 150mph being clocked around the 1.5-mile Oval and the trucks running mere inches from the concrete wall, expect to watch the action with gritted teeth as the traditional gladiatorial game of cat and mouse is played out.
Entertainment is always at a premium and last time out was no exception with just 300th of a second separating the top four trucks as they crossed the finished line in a sensational second race to round off what was a fantastic British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) event.
Mark Willis is the current oval point leader and always puts in a solid performance at Rockingham in his #65 truck however with the grid littered with such strong contenders, he’ll need to be at his very best over the two 25-lap heats and 35-lap final to maintain his lead at the top.
Scott Bourne #99 and his new Vauxhall powered truck is currently second on the leader board followed by former NASCAR Pickup racer Paul Poulter #74 but with three practice sessions held across Friday and Saturday, don’t be surprised to see some new faces gracing the revamped Rockingham podium.
Antony Hawkins #98 has a lot of Rockingham experiences as does Paul Tompkins #12, Paul Jones #82 and Michael Smith #93. While Charlie Weaver #20 who has been plagued with mechanical gremlins so far this season could also be an outside contender.
Viewing will be from the top of the pit garage roof with races at 10:35, 13:05 and 15:35. The Pickup Truck Championship is one of the friendliest race series in motorsport, so make sure you take time to visit the teams and officials in the pit garages.
Running alongside the racing on the Oval will be the first unsilenced Rockingham track day of the season, this is the perfect opportunity to get your beast on track without having to worry about complying with any noise restrictions.
The open pit lane Spring Thunder track day will be held on the 1.94-mile National Circuit offer more than seven hours of premium track time and costs £250. For more information or to book a place contact Will Thomas on 01536 270143 or alternatively visit www.rockingham.co.uk.
Or if you’ve ever wanted to take part in a track day but not too sure how it works or what’s involved, this is a great chance to see for yourself in between the truck races and get the lowdown from the Rockingham team and track day participants.