BACK for a 15th consecutive season, the sound of the awesome Pickup Truck Championship will once again be reverberating around the famous Rockingham Oval this weekend (April 8/9) as the curtain rises on a new season at the Northamptonshire circuit.
Headlining the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) race event, this is the first of four visits in 2017 for the American-style racers to the UK’s only banked oval, building up to a grand finale at the Truxx Factor event on September 30/October 1.
With speeds close to 150mph being clocked around Europe’s fastest motor racing circuit and the trucks running mere inches from the concrete wall, fans will be watching action with gritted teeth as the traditional gladiatorial game of cat and mouse is played out.
High-speed bump drafting enables the trucks to achieve lap times of as low as 39 seconds, which is pretty incredible from four-cylinder Pickup Trucks and takes immense skill and bravery from drivers to perform such manoeuvres at high-speed.
So who is the one to watch out for? This weekend will see reigning Oval Champion Mark Willis in the #65 truck team up again with his partner from last season, former championship winner Antony Hawkins #98.
Michael Smith #93 and David O’Regan #8 have their ties while Paul Tompkins #12 and Paul Poulter #74 are being run by Matt Roach Racing. However don’t dismiss Mel Collins #27, Charlie Weaver #20 and Paul Jones #82 who will be working together this season.
Always a favourite with the home crowd, spectators will get a taste of the adrenalin-fuelled action during Saturday’s free practice and qualifying sessions, before the drivers battle it out over a total of 70-laps in two hotly contested races on Sunday.
For more information about the Pickup Truck Racing visit www.pickuptruckracing.com or follow the race series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pickuptruckracing) or Twitter (@PickupRacing).
Advance tickets can be booked online at www.rockingham.co.uk or via the hotline on 01536 500500, option 1, until midday this Friday (April 7). Adult tickets cost just £12, while children and 15 and under get in FREE. Tickets will also be available on the gate priced £16 per day. Gates open at 08:00 and track action starts from 09:00.
*Maximum two child tickets per one paying adult