A NEW season of motorsport ignites at Rockingham next weekend (April 8/9) with the return of the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) and the Pickup Truck Championship to the Northamptonshire circuit.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.
Headlining the two-day event will be the Pickup Truck Championship. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this season, the American-style racers deliver maximum excitement with its full-throttle racing just inches from the concrete wall on Europe’s fastest racing circuit.
The championship will take to the UK’s only banked Oval on Saturday for practice and qualifying before the opening rounds of the race series’ oval championship on Sunday, which will see two hotly contested, adrenalin-fuelled 35 lap races.
In addition to the Pickup Trucks, there will be 14 further races on the International Super Sportscar Circuit courtesy of the Junior Saloon Car Championship (JSCC), Classic Touring Car Championship and Kumho BWM Championship.
The JSCC competitors arrives at Rockingham for their second race meeting of the campaign after getting the news season off to a great start just down the road at Silverstone. Open to youngsters aged 14-17-years-old, the series is renowned for providing edge of the seat entertainment and next weekend should be no different.
In the past names such as James Dorlin and Katie Milner have graduated from JSCC as champions, going on to enjoy storied careers. Ethan Hammerton and Will Dyrdal took the spoils at the season-opener but with more than 10 drivers hot on their heels, both races will be unmissable.
Bringing a touch of nostalgia to the race weekend, the Classic Touring Car Championship will definitely provide something for everyone as it turns back the clock to yesteryear with its collection of racing saloons from pre-1966 right through to the more modern era of 2005.
Making its first appearance of the season, the Classic Touring Car Championship provides the action for eight of the 16 races. With a diverse range of cars competing too, grid numbers have never been better in the multi-class category.
Rounding off the action will be the jaw-dropping machines of the Kumho BMW Championship, which like JSCC will stage its second event of the year. Celebrating 30 years in British motorsport, the series never fails to impress with its large grids and close racing.
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, April 7. Adult tickets will be available on the gate priced £16 per day.