JUNE is set to be a very busy month for motorsport at Rockingham with three race meetings scheduled to be held at the Northamptonshire circuit over the coming weeks.
The action gets underway this weekend (June 9/10) when 750 Motor Club returns to the venue for what has now become an annual pilgrimage for its members and a regular fixture on the circuit’s race calendar.
Advance adult tickets are priced at just £12 per day and admission for children aged 15 and under is FREE ensuring families can enjoy some of the best action from the British Club motor racing scene at an affordable price.
Split over two days, 750 Motor Club boasts some of the largest grids on the British club scene, producing good, clean racing. It prides itself on being both accessible and affordable to competitors and spectators alike.
All the action takes place on the International Super Sports Car Long Circuit, with a total of 17 races from eight different series and championships featuring a wide variety of cars from hot hatches to kit cars and bike-engine sport-racers.
Following on from Saturday’s Cartek Roadsports Series race, this year sees the hugely popular Cartek Club Enduro formula run with championship status for the first time, and Sunday’s busy three-hour outing marks the second race of the season.
Guy Colclough leads the Class A points standings in his Seat Leon after taking overall honours last time out driving solo, but drafts in former British Touring Car Championship racer Stewart Lines as co-driver for Sunday’s event; the longest of the season.
The same can’t be said of multiple 750MC winner Martin James; who will contest the 180-minute outing alone in the purpose-built Area Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R. The former Civic Cup and Sport Specials racer placed third in class behind the JabbaSport BMW M3 pairing of Andy Baylie and Luke Schlewitz.
The Gala Performance Toyota MR2 Championship celebrates 10 years of points-scoring competition in 2018, and brings a capacity grid of Mk1, 2 and 3 models to Rockingham. Longstanding frontrunner Ben Rowe has taken victory in three out of the four races contested so far and assumes the lead at the top of the points.
Patrick Fletcher is aiming to make it three titles in a row in the fiercely competitive K-Tec Racing Clio 182 Championship this season, and the former SaxMax driver currently tops the standings with four rounds run to-date.
Defending champion Bill Cowley leads the way in the Raceparts 750 Formula Championship, whilst in the Aim Technologies Bikesports Championship it is newcomer Lee Torrie who tops the Class A points after taking both wins at last time out in his Radical SR3 RSX.
Multiple Autograss champion Phil Cooper and young Radical ace Joe Stables shared the Class B spoils to be separated only by two fastest lap points, however it was Chris Preen who took back-to-back wins on the bike engine-specific formula’s last visit to Rockingham.
After a season out last year, 2016 Protech Shocks Sport Specials runner-up Rob Johnston kicked off his 2018 season in fine style; heading up the Class A points table after finishing each race this year on the podium.
With 2017 title protagonists Paul Boyd and Clive Hudson both out of the running after early season misfortunes, the Eclipse SM1 hopes now lie firmly in the hands of former Locost racer Martin Gambling, for whom a first win at Mallory Park allowed him to claim second in the points.
Finally, the Armed Forces Race Challenge will take to the track three times this weekend, in which Honda Civic driver Mark White currently tops the championship standings. The last outing provided spectacular action; comprising the wildly different but entertainingly close Honda Civic of Will Ashmore, the thumping yet diminutive V-Twin-engined Fletcher Hornet of Ian Fletcher, and brutal Nissan Skyline of Chris Camp.
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.
Rockingham prides itself on providing access to all motorsport fans, and those who are registered disabled can apply for a complimentary* admission ticket for their carer, while children aged 15 and under get in FREE.
Advance tickets can be booked online at www.rockingham.co.uk or via the hotline on 01536 500500, option1, until midday on Friday (June 8). Adult tickets will be available on the gate priced £16 per day. Gates open at 08:00 both days and track activity starts from 09:00.
For more information visit www.rockingham.co.uk/race events/
*Written proof is required.