AFTER 15-years, the Rockingham Stages makes it’s swansong appearance at the Northamptonshire circuit this weekend (December 1/2), with the popular rallying event rounding off what has been a fantastic season of motorsport.
Joint organisers Thame Motorsport Club and Middlesex County Automobile Club utilise every inch of the venue, including the access roads, tunnels, pit lanes and paddock area as well as the in-field circuit and banked oval, to provide more than 90 miles of competitive motoring over 12 stages.
Six stages take place on Saturday, including the thrilling two evening stages run in the dark, which must be seen to be believed. With the remaining six stages taking place the following day. For those who don’t wish to take part in both days, the Sunday Trophy Rally offers six stages over 45 miles.
More than 100 crews have entered the challenging tarmac event, which has established itself as a firm favourite among the rallying fraternity and its loyal fan base, all of whom will be looking to be the final names added to the illustrious title.
This season the event is being supported by the RS Owner’s Club, to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Escort coming into production. There are still many Escorts active in rallying and there will be special awards for the Escorts.
However the competition will be as fierce as always with a whole host of machines taking part with well-known manufacturers represented including Vauxhall, Citroen, Peugeot, Alfa Romeo, Nissan, Subaru, BMW, Mitsubishi, Mazda and Toyota.
Spectators can enjoy a great view of the stages from the Rockingham Grandstand and the pit garage roof, while everyone can warm up in the Welcome Centre. Hot food and drinks will be available from the Rockingham Diner. The Rally results will be available online at www.rockinghamstages.co.uk.
Advance tickets cost just £12 and can be booked online at www.rockingham.co.uk or via the hotline on 01536 500500, option 1, until midday Friday (November 30). Tickets will also be available on the gate priced £16. Under 16s get in free! The action starts at 11.30am on Saturday and 9am Sunday.