Rockingham Motor Speedway – Farewell

November 24th 2018. After 17 years of racing the final chequered flag fell as dusk enveloped the Corby circuit on Saturday 24th November. Accompanied by a firework display Britains second purpose built track closed to racing.

On this final day of racing under a suitably grey sky there were a series of races featuring open wheelers and ‘tin-tops’. The later varying from Citroen 2CV’s with rasping two cylinder 602cc engines under the bonnet to a thundering V8 6,600cc powered RAM Cobra SC. An enthusiastic crowd braved a chilly day, some viewing from the pit garage roof others taking in the whole circuit from the grandstand.  

A good days racing was enjoyed by all with Dave Wheal’s F1000 Jedi winning the two single seater contests, Andy Baylie had two convincing wins in his Volkswagen Golf in the Saloons races. It was home circuit man Peter Hardman’s Radical SR3 that took the most honours. He secured a win in the one hour event, followed by victories in both Sports & GT races.

Dave Wheal’s F1000 Jedi
2CV’s to a RAM SC
Fireworks at the final finale

Rockingham MotorSpeedway was a circuit that I have enjoyed visiting as a photographer/journalist on many occasions over the years. It’s also one that I have driven in a wide variety of cars. I’ll be sad to see it go.

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