BARC basks in Rockingham sunshine to produce scorching weekend

03 Jul 17

Rockingham opened its doors to the British Automobile Racing Club this past weekend (1/2 July) with a host of championships doing battle across two different track configurations.

Topping the bill was the Pickup Truck Racing Championship, which hosted its latest rounds on the infamous oval circuit.

With speeds of well over 100mph being averaged and drivers getting to within millimetres of each other, the drama was as frenetic as ever.

Championship leads Scott Bourne continued his charge towards the title with victory in race one before series stalwart Mark Willis bagged an important win.

On the traditional circuit which incorporates the tight and twisty infield, the Michelin Clio Cup Series produced two spellbinding encounters.

In the race class, Ben Palmer further extended his championship advantage by repeating his heroics from Croft - taking a brace of victories. Following a lengthy mid-season break, the series boasted its biggest entry thus far however the same outcome came from the race class.

Palmer fought off the advances of title rival Anton Spires in race one before the MRM racer pulled off a bold overtake in the second race to make it two wins at the Corby track.

In the race category, Sean Thomas made his championship debut and made his mark by taking both wins.

The Carbon8 Hyundai Coupe Cup was back on-track too and with another bumper grid. Alex Cursley, one of the stars of the season so far, was in fine form as he bagged both victories wth Steve Kite and William Taylforth keeping him on his toes.

Continuing the theme of double-winners was David Mellor in the Lancaster Insurance MG Owners Club Championship. At the wheel of his MG ZR 1800, Mellor was run close in race one by Steve Williams and Phil Walker before he asserted his dominance in race two - triumphing by more than 20 seconds.

Lewis Smith got the better of Malcolm Blackamn in the Avon Tyres/ Scrapco Intermarque Championship to close to within 35 points of the top of the points standings.

Track Attack were also present during the weekend with action from the MR2 Classic Race Series and Nippon Challenge/ Tricolore Trophy/ Multi-Marques.

For the full classification from every session during the weekend, click here.