MOTOR racing fans are in for a real treat at Rockingham this weekend (September 17/18) with a total of six Caterham championships headlining the British Racing & Sports Car Club (BRSCC) race event at the Northamptonshire circuit.
Widely accepted as providing some of the closest and most exciting racing in UK motorsport, one of the finest performance cars of all time will be descending on the venue, with Caterham Motorsport populating most of the timetable.
All the action over the two days will be on the 2.05-mile International Super Sports Car Long Circuit with the BRSCC serving up another great programme from the British club racing scene with a total of 20 races from nine different championships.
Starting from the very bottom, it’s the fourth circuit race of their careers for the CAR Magazine Caterham Academy Championship drivers as they close in on the end of their first season as fully fledged racing drivers. They will be split into two groups to accommodate the over-subscribed grid.
Moving up a rung on the Caterham ladder to the Avon Tyres Caterham Roadsport Championship, it’s Pete Walters who heads the standings after taking five wins and two third places, but incredibly he hasn’t yet scored a second place all season!
The closest duel for the title currently lies with the ALACO Motorsport Logistics Caterham Seven 270R Championship, with Russ Olivant and Alex Jordan in a deadlock at the top of the standings with 207 points each.
While Mike Evans is starting to edge away at the head of the ITC Compliance Caterham Supersport Championship standings, as a second and a win last time out helped him consolidate what is now a 24 points advantage over his rivals.
The Supersport cars sadly go out of service at the end of this season however spectators will have the chance to watch their replacements in action over the two days in the ITC Compliance Caterham Seven 310R Championship.
In the top class, the Avon Tyres Caterham Seven 420R Championship, it’s been a season long joust between Danny Winstanley and Lee Wiggins with a 10 point advantage held by the former coming into this weekend. So definitely one to watch!
Away from Caterhams, there’s three more BRSCC championships ready to go into combat. The F1000 Championship, formerly known as Formula Jedi, continue their adventures at Rockingham. Be sure to keep an eye on these cars, as they’re loud, fast and provide incredibly clean racing – literally, blink and you’ll miss them!
Tin-top fans will thoroughly love the Nankang Tyres BMW Compact Cup, a championship that never fails to put on a show and a smile on spectators’ faces. Reigning champion James Gornall remains locked in combat with fierce title with Steven Dailly.
Finally, sports car fans are given even more of a treat with the Toyo Tires Porsche Championship, with a scrap between Ed Hayes and Adam Southgate at the head of the Race Boxster points seeing the pair only separated by 20 points.
It’s a little more decisive in the 924 class as PDC Racing continue their domination. Pip Hammond is only ahead of team mate Gavin Johnson by just under 50 points, thanks to winning just about every race in class this year. On paper it sounds a formality, but it’s never that simple in motorsport!
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.
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 (September 16). Adult tickets will be available on the gate priced £16 per day.