THE Pickup Truck Championship returns to Rockingham this Saturday (August 4) to headline the second round of evening races at the Northamptonshire circuit.
The American-style racers top the British Automobile Racing Club’s one-day programme, as the trucks take to the UK’s only banked Oval. This is the second round of Rockingham Championship races, which will culminate in a winner takes all Grand Final on September 22/23.
Always a favourite with the home crowd, spectators will get a taste of the adrenalin-fuelled action during the day’s free practice and qualifying sessions, before the drivers battle it out over a total of 60-laps in two hotly contested races on Saturday evening.
Reaching speeds close to 150mph around the oval and the trucks running mere inches from the concrete wall, fans will be watching the action with gritted teeth as the traditional gladiatorial game of cat and mouse is played out.
So who are the ones to watch out for? George Turiccki in the #28 arrived at June’s meeting as a Rookie, and despite having limited track experience, collected his maiden win after taking the chequered flag in race two. Scott Bourne in the #1 truck was the evening’s other winner.
Three-time champion Mark Willis in the #65 truck is reigning King of the Rock, is still in contention for the Grand Final and will be looking to go one better after picking up two second place finishes last time out. Pete Stevens (#4), a long time oval campaigner, David O’Regan (#8) and Paul Tompkins (#12) are all sturdy contenders.
There will be a total of eight races throughout Saturday with the BARC King Henry’s Taverns Clubmans Sports Prototypes and Hyundai Coupe Cup, joining the trucks on the BARC bill.
All races will be held on Rockingham’s 1.94-mile International Super Sports Car Circuit, except the trucks. The track action starts with qualifying at midday and runs right through to 21:00 when the Pickup Trucks bring the event to a close.
Advance tickets can be booked online at www.rockingham.co.uk or via the hotline on 01536 500500, option 1, until midday this Friday (August 3). Adult tickets cost just £12, while children and 15 and under get in FREE. Gates open at 10:30.