The British Automobile Racing Club served up another memorable weekend of racing this past weekend (8/9 April), this time from Rockingham Motor Speedway under the spring sunshine.
In what was a unique event virtue of two different circuit layouts being used, four different series descended on the Northamptonshire venue to write another chapter in what are early 2017 campaigns.
Headlining the meeting was the popular Pickup Truck Racing Championship, which for the first time this year took to the infamous oval circuit. With average speeds of more than 100mph, a total of nine drivers took to the track for a brace of 30-lap encounters.
Race one saw Mark Willis hold off Scott Bourne to take the chequered flag first. The top two proved to be in a class of their own as they crossed the line within two tenths of a second. Meanwhile third placed Paul Poulter trailed them by more than 16 seconds, with Charlie Weaver and Lea Wood rounding out the top five.
The second Pickup race proved to be a much tighter affair and one that underlined the competitiveness of the series as a whole. Poulter took the spoils but it wouldn’t be without succumbing to pressure from the whole grid – seven of the eight finishers taking the flag within a second of the winner. Poulter was joined on the final podium of the day by Willis and Bourne.
On the traditional infield circuit, the Junior Saloon Car Championship was back in action for the second time this season after producing a stellar two races at Silverstone last month.
Carrying on his form from the Northamptonshire circuit, Ethan Hammerton notched his second win of the season to establish himself as one of the drivers to watch this year. Hammerton’s joy however soon turned to dismay in race two as he was retired from proceeding’s with a lap to go. Impressive rookie George Mutch ultimately went on to take a lights-to-flag victory, his first in the JSCC.
A multitude of classes were on offer in the Classic Touring Car Race Club and that lent itself to a host of different winners as well as lots of on-track excitement.
AJ Owen doubled up in the combined Bilstein Pre 03 Classic VW & The YourITMan Pre 03 Touring Cars races whilst Stephen Primett did the same in the Paul Inch Classic Race Engines Pre 66 & Silverbug IT Group 1 Touring Cars encounters.
In the Burton Power Blue Oval Saloons, Toyo Tires Honda VTEC Challenge & Thunder Saloon Championship races, Dale Gent and Daniel Stringfellow proved to be the class of the field as they finished 1-2 in both nine-lap blockbusters.
Rounding out the CTCRC track action was the combined Pre 93 Touring Cars, 4Two Cup & Toyo Tires Pre 05 Production Touring Cars View PDF Book races, both won in the end by Karl Cattiliff.
Robert Davidson and Oliver Taylor rounded out the list of winners from Rockingham as they both topped the podium twice in their respective class races of the Kumho BMW Championship.
For full results from both days and every session of the BARC’s weekend at Rockingham, click here.