BARC laps up high-speed thrills at Thruxton Summer Festival

The British Automobile Racing Club served up a full-throttle two days of edge-of-the-seat entertainment on home turf this past weekend (July 29/30) as a number of championships shared the limelight at the Thruxton Summer Festival. 

Descending on the fastest circuit in the UK for the penultimate race meeting of the 2023 season at the Hampshire venue, those in attendance were treated to a feast of memorable wheel-to-wheel moments.

Headlining the action were no less than ten races from Caterham Motorsport. In the Adrian Flux Insurance Caterham Academy, Daniel Neale clinched an impressive victory in the White class whilst Barry Thompson edged out Nick Highton in the Green category.

Less than seven tenths of a second proved to be the difference between the top two across all Mission Motorsport Caterham 270R Championship contests; with the overall spoils ultimately being shared between Charlie Lower and Freddie Chiddicks.

That theme of close finishes continued in the Motul Caterham 310R Championship as Taylor O’Flanagan and Tom Wyllys triumphed whilst Craig Boyle and Lyonel Tollemache reigned supreme in the Vertex Caterham Roadsport Championship.

History was made in the Junior Saloon Car Championship as the popular one-make series for 14 to 17-year-old’s embarked on its first-ever visit to the high-speed Hampshire track – serving up three pulsating encounters in the process. 

Never short of entertainment, the JSCC contingent had those in attendance on the edge of their seats as Daire Flock and Cameron Pratt-Thompson powered their way to the top step of the podium across Saturday and Sunday. 

The Track Attack Race Club – which is organised and run by the same team that looks after the JSCC – welcome a bumper grid of tin top machinery for its first visit to Thruxton since 2017, with Jack Ruddell and David Shead notching a win apiece.

Nigel Mustil and Tommy Field shared the spoils in the Classic & Modern Motorsport Club bouts whilst the weekend’s action was concluded by two Classic Racing Car Club Formula 2000 Pinto Challenge races, which were won by Jordan Harrison. 

To view the full classification of results from all sessions at Thruxton, CLICK HERE.