Motorsport will cease at Rockingham circuit after 2018 season

Rockingham Motor Speedway CEO Peter Hardman has confirmed that motorsport events will "cease" at the end of the 2018 season after the circuit's sale to unnamed investors

Motorsport will cease at Rockingham circuit after 2018 season

Rumours about the Northamptonshire track's future had intensified in recent months and that culminated with the venue being missed off the British Touring Car Championship and British GT Championship calendars for 2019 in quick succession.

The BTCC and British GT were the highest-profile championships still competing at Rockingham on its infield circuit, while the British Automobile Racing Club's Pickup Truck Racing Championship is the only series to use the 1.5-mile oval layout.

The secrets of the UK's fastest series

Most of the major UK racing clubs use the venue, as does an annual rally in December.

Hardman, speaking to the Northamptonshire Telegraph, said: "All events to the end of 2018 will be run with the professionalism and enthusiasm that are the hallmark of Rockingham, but circuit activities will cease from the beginning of 2019."

The new owners are yet to confirm what the future of the venue will be, but Hardman has said that the group is looking to turn the venue into an automotive facility.

Autosport understands it is likely to become a storage facility for defleet cars, a testing venue and hold auctions.

There are currently over 50 businesses operating out of Rockingham - not all motorsport-linked - but they are expected to be able to continue to trade out of the Corby venue.

Rockingham is best known internationally for holding two CART Champ Car races in 2001 and '02, won by Gil de Ferran and Dario Franchitti respectively.

shares
comments
Rockingham circuit's future uncertain after sale

Previous article

Rockingham circuit's future uncertain after sale

Next article

Promoted: Mark Kimber - the karting conqueror with GT in his sights

Promoted: Mark Kimber - the karting conqueror with GT in his sights
Load comments

About this article

Series National
Author Jack Benyon
How the GT Cup is thriving despite the pandemic Plus

How the GT Cup is thriving despite the pandemic

The GT Cup has attracted a stunning array of drivers and machinery for its opening event at Donington Park this weekend. The fact we're in the middle of a pandemic makes that entry all the more remarkable, but there's plenty of reasons why the series is proving popular

National
Apr 9, 2021
What Autosport’s looking forward to in national motorsport this year Plus

What Autosport’s looking forward to in national motorsport this year

With COVID-19 restrictions gradually being lifted and national motorsport finally returning this weekend, focus and anticipation has switched to the year ahead. Here are Autosport's picks for what should be some of the best events and rivalries of 2021

National
Apr 3, 2021
How 2020's newest national series and championships fared Plus

How 2020's newest national series and championships fared

To the credit of organisers, some new national UK series and championships were still able to successfully launch last year, even with the world in the grip of a pandemic. Here's how Autosport has ranked them

National
Feb 14, 2021
The new national series and championships in 2021 Plus

The new national series and championships in 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic may still mean there is uncertainty across the globe, but that hasn't stopped new series and championships from being introduced into UK motorsport this season. Autosport takes a look at the newest additions

National
Feb 10, 2021
The verdict on how COVID impacted club racing in 2020 Plus

The verdict on how COVID impacted club racing in 2020

It was a season like no other but, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were some positives on the club motorsport scene last year as entry numbers largely remained stable, while some series boasted impressive growth

National
Feb 7, 2021
How a Porsche King became 2020's breakout star Plus

How a Porsche King became 2020's breakout star

Few drivers in 2020 could lay claim to a season as exceptional as Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion Harry King. Beating the British Touring Car Championship's best to win Autosport's National Driver of the Year was the ideal recognition of his feat

National
Feb 1, 2021
The Formula Vee maverick who has reached the top Plus

The Formula Vee maverick who has reached the top

For a second consecutive year, a self-built machine has won the Formula Vee championship. But James Harridge's 'Maverick' comes from the very humblest of origins - with some parts even salvaged from a skip

National
Jan 24, 2021
The greatest club racing characters Plus

The greatest club racing characters

From legendary drinking habits to dramatic driving styles, there has been no shortage of cult-hero figures over the past 70 years in national motorsport. Here's an extended version of the original list that appeared in Autosport's 70th anniversary bookazine

National
Jan 5, 2021