Thruxton revved up for inaugural Convoy on the Plain spectacle

Thruxton Circuit is gearing up to stage the ultimate festival for all things trucking this weekend (July 3/4) as the inaugural Convoy on the Plain takes centre stage for an expected bumper trackside crowd.

In what continues to be one of the most popular events on the Thruxton calendar each year, the British Truck Racing Championship will descend on the Hampshire venue to headline what is set to be a blockbuster two days of track action around the fastest circuit in the UK.

The passion for ‘big rigs’ doesn’t stop there either, with fun for all the family on offer at Convoy on the Plain. Show truck displays, a trade village, skid pan rides, food stalls, free camping and much more will make it a weekend to remember.

Coming off the back of blockbuster season-opener at Brands Hatch last month, the heavyweight behemoths of the British Truck Racing Championship will do battle in five scheduled contests across both days.

Division 1 has a familiar feel to things as reigning champion Ryan Smith sits atop the standings after claiming a hat-trick last time out. Aiming to clinch a sensational sixth consecutive crown, Smith enters the weekend as the driver to beat however the likes of Stuart Oliver, David Jenkins and Mark Taylor are just a handful of names hoping to take the fight to the Mercedes ace.

Over in Division 2, defending champion Steven Powell and Craig Reid find themselves tied at the top of the points after both enjoying a strong start at Brands Hatch. Throw into the mix Adam Bint, Simon Cole, Brad Smith and Craig Evans and you will see it can be just as wide open in class two.

will also be hoping to extend his early advantage in the championship after enjoying a strong start to this title defence. Adam Bint, Brad Smith, Simon Cole and

It won’t just be the titans of truck racing that will have fans on the edge of their seats either as a bumper supporting cast of championships will also be in action.

Wheel-to-wheel entertainment from the Caterham Graduates Championship, which will compete four times, and a feast of slip streaming from the Mighty Minis Championship will undoubtedly set pulses racing too.

Elsewhere, further one-make competition will come in the shape of the Lancaster Insurance MG Owners Club Championship and Carbon8 Coupe Cup, as well as BARC Red and the Welsh Sports/Saloon Car Championship cap what will be an unmissable spectacle.

Tickets for this weekend’s unmissable spectacle are on sale at https://thruxtonracing.co.uk/racing/trucks at discounted prices currently. Programmes will be available to purchase during the course of the weekend from £3.00.

Fans will also be able to watch all of the action on the BARC’s YouTube channel HERE.

North West Centre delivers memorable Oulton Park race day

The British Automobile Racing Club’s North West Centre staged an unmissable day of track action at Oulton Park this past Saturday (June 12) as a trio of championships continued their 2021 campaigns.

Basked in glorious sunshine, the one-day meeting saw the Britcar Endurance Championship, Mighty Minis Championship and CNC Heads Sports/Saloon Car Championship take on a starring role around the picturesque Cheshire venue in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

Edge-of-the-seat entertainment was served up by the Britcar Endurance Championship, who held the latest two rounds of what is shaping up to be an ultra-competitive Endurance season.

Coming off the back of a rapid qualifying session which saw the top of the timesheets dominated by the Praga Class, each one-hour race had its fair share of drama and safety car periods however that didn’t stop the team of Praga Race Academy from dominating proceedings.

The duo of Angus Fender and Jay Morton had missed out on pole position for both bouts but as soon as the lights went out, they marched their way to the front to comfortably win both races.

Paul Rose reigned supreme in the CNC Heads Sports/Saloon Car Championship, claiming the spoils in what was the only race for North West Centre’s flagship category. Boasting a bumper 34-car grid, the multi-class series put on a show for those in attendance, with Rose leading the way.

Starting third, the Sakar RAPX S1-500 driver found his way to the front early on and from there on he didn’t look back as he romped to victory by more than ten seconds ahead of Jon Woolfitt and Danny Bird.

In addition to his race win, the former CNC Heads champion also was awarded the Dave Simpson Trophy – which is bestowed upon the class winner who wins their class by the greatest speed differential.

Bumper-to-bumper entertainment was the order of the day in the Mighty Minis Championship, which served up a pair of mesmerising races. David Kirkpatrick triumphed in what proved to be a breathless opening bout, beating defending champion Ian Slark to victory by little over a tenth of a second.

Slark was not to be denied in the second Mini race however as he charged from fifth to claim victory ahead of Greg Jenkins and Kirkpatrick, further strengthening his position at the summit of the Super Mighty Minis standings.

Alongside the trio of BARC championships was a guest appearance from the Radical Summer Cup, which staged a two pulsating encounters. Elliott Goodman won a frenetic opening contest which ended early after a number of incidents in the latter stages.

Having seen victory slip away in race one after a mechanical issue dropped him out of the lead, Michael Clark emerged as the driver to beat in race two, taking the chequered a little under five seconds ahead of Goodman.

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

If you missed any of the day’s action then watch all of it back on our YouTube channel, HERE.

Britcar, Mighty Minis & CNC Heads set to headline Oulton Park race day

The British Automobile Racing Club heads to Oulton Park this coming Saturday (June 12) for an action-packed race day which is set to be headlined by a trio of championships.

Organised and run by the Club’s North West Centre, the one-day meeting marks the second visit to the Cheshire venue by the BARC this year – the first having lifted the curtain on the 2021 season back in April.

With the current campaign continuing to gather momentum and summer now in full force, the return of spectators is set to provide even more excitement and atmosphere too, whilst our live TV cameras will be in attendance as well.

Having starred at Silverstone and Snetterton in varying weather conditions, the Britcar Endurance Championship arrives at Oulton Park ready to take centre stage with a pair of one-hour races from its Endurance category.

So far it has been a blockbuster campaign for the series with a number of standout performances, no less from current points leaders Jamie Stanley and John Seale in the JMH Lamborghini Huracan. Keen to extend their advantage this weekend, the pairing enter the event as the favourites however the competition is set to be fierce.

Elsewhere, the Praga class has proven to be a smash-hit so far and it too will continue on Saturday with the likes of Richard Morris, Abbie Eaton, Gordie Mutch, Charlie Martin, Jem Hepworth and Jimmy Broadbent all in the mix towards the front of the field.

The CNC Heads Sports/Saloon Car Championship, the North West Centre’s flagship category, kicked off its season at Oulton Park a few months ago and it proved that the appetite to go racing is greater than ever.

Boasting an ultra-competitive entry list, the multi-class series returns this weekend for a single content. Notable names to keep a close eye on include former champion Paul Rose, current title holder Jamie Cryer and the likes of Paul Woolfitt, Paul Dobson, Ric Wood, Graeme Smith and Gary Warburton.

Renowned for serving up enthralling wheel-to-wheel entertainment, the Mighty Minis Championship are back in action – with its two classes revved up for a pair of pulsating encounters.

In the Super Mighty Minis category, variety has been the spice of life at the sharp end of the field with three different winners from four races. Neven Kirkpatrick, Stuart Coombs and Ian Slark have all stood on the top step of the podium, the latter twice, and all three will be keen to do so once again here.

With the smallest of margins more often than not deciding the podiums positions, the aforementioned trio will need to be on top form as there are a host of contenders all hot on their heels and itching to claim silverware of their own.

Elsewhere, the less powerful Mighty Mini class has been equally as frenetic so far this year. Growing in number as each round passes, the category has delivered plenty of head-turning performances already – not least from Dan Heywood who is unbeaten so far.

Rounding out the day’s track action and not to be upstaged will be a pair of races from the hugely popular Radical Summer Cup.

To find out more information on this Saturday’s event at Oulton Park, including links to live timing and entry list, CLICK HERE.

Make sure you don’t miss a single lap of the action by subscribing to the BARC’s official YouTube channel and watching live, CLICK HERE.

Donington Park delivers scorching BARC bank holiday spectacular

Donington Park played host to a blockbuster day of tin top thrills this past Bank Holiday Monday (May 31) as the Classic Touring Car Racing Club, Kumho BMW Championship and Mighty Minis Championship headlined the British Automobile Racing Club’s one-day meeting.

Bathed in bright sunshine and competing in front of spectators for the first time this year, the Leicestershire venue provided the perfect backdrop for an unmissable day of track action.

Taking centre stage as they rolled back the years under the flight path of East Midlands airport was the Classic Touring Car Racing Club, who produced no less than eight captivating contests.

Joe Ferguson and Tom Bell shared the spoils in the Pre ’66 Touring Cars category whilst the amalgamated Pre ‘8 Touring Cars and Jaguar Enthusiasts Club races saw James Ramm reign supreme, winning twice in his Jaguar XJS.

AJ Owen and Gary Prebble proved to be the class of the field in the Pre ’93 and Pre ’03 Touring Car bouts, going head-to-head in both. Prebble would get the better of Owen in the opening race before the latter struck back in race two, tallying his latest win of the season.

The Classic/Historic Thunder Saloons and Blue Oval Saloon Series brought the curtain down on the CTCRC action and like the others, they too enjoyed a pair of full-throttle races. Andrew Wilson piloted his Holden Monaro to victory in the opener before Matty Evans struck back in race two.

Renowned for producing close racing, the Mighty Minis Championship had fans on the edge of their seats as they delivered two enthralling contests. Dancing their way around the flowing 1.97-mile National circuit, the Mini contingent showcased what they are all about in front of an appreciative crowd.

Stuart Coombs struck first as he converted his second row start into what can be deemed as a commanding victory in the series, crossing the line more than three seconds ahead of his nearest challenger.

Race two would see an almighty scrap for the win take place with the top four covered by less than a second at the flag. Underlining his credentials as defending Super Mighty Mini champion, Ian Slark held off the battling Coombs, Steven Rideout and Alex Comis to prevail.

Capping off the days action were two races from the Kumho BMW Championship, who were making their first appearance of 2021. Home to all manner of machinery that carries the iconic BMW badge, the single-manufacturer series lifted the curtain on a brand new season in sensational style.

Brad Sheeham proved to be the driver to beat in the opening encounter as he powered his M3 E46 from second on the grid to victory, narrowly pipping the charging Jason West.

Having been forced to retire from race one, Michael Pensavalle served up an overtaking masterclass in race two to win. Starting from 17th, the M3 E46 racer wasted no time in making progress and by lap ten found himself at the front of the field, where he would remain until the chequered flag was waved.

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

If you missed any of the action over the course of the day then you can watch it back on our YouTube channel HERE.

BARC revved up for bank holiday tin top thriller at Donington Park

The British Automobile Racing Club is gearing up for a bank holiday race day that should set pulses racing this coming Monday (May 31) as a trio of championships head to Donington Park.

In what is set to be the first of several visits to the Leicestershire venue over the course of the 2021 season by the Club, Monday’s meeting will not only see spectators make a welcome return but will also see TV cameras in attendance for our latest live stream spectacle.

Headlining the day will be no less than eight races from the Classic Touring Car Racing Club. Serving up a feast of entertainment at Silverstone last month, the tin tops from yesteryear will write the latest chapter in their campaign as they showcase some of the most iconic saloons from past decades.

Taking centre stage under the flightpath of East Midlands airport will be from the Pre ’66 Classic Saloon & Historic Touring Cars, Shell Oils Pre ’83 Touring Cars, Laser Tools Pre ’93 Touring Cars, Simply Serviced Pre ’03 Touring Cars, Blue Oval Saloon Series, Edmundson Electrical Classic/Historic Thunder Saloons and Jaguar Enthusiasts Club Saloon & GT Championship.

Notable names to look over the course of the day include Peter Smith, Richard Wood, AJ Owen, Ashley Shelswell, Ray West, Tom Robinson and David Howard, to name but a few.

The Mighty Minis Championship is renowned for producing blockbuster wheel-to-wheel entertainment and Monday should be no different as the pocket rockets continue their season.

Kicking their season off at Cadwell Park last month with two pulsating encounters, the Super Mighty Mini class saw old foes Neven Kirkpatrick and reigning champion Ian Slark renew their battle for supremacy as they each tallied a win apiece.

Both Kirkpatrick and Slark will undoubtedly be favourites to be in the mix for supremacy however they won’t be the only drivers to keep an eye on. David Kirkpatrick, Steve Rideout, Stuart Coombs, Greg Jenkins and Alex Comis are just a number of contenders that have experience of running at the sharp end of the grid and none of them can be discounted from making their mark.

Elsewhere, the opener of the Mighty Mini class at Cadwell Park saw Dan Heywood turn heads as he notched an impressive brace of race wins. Having set his stall out as the driver to beat, Heywood will undoubtedly be one to watch although the competition at the top is set to be fierce.

Rounding out the track action will be a pair of races from the Kumho BMW Championship. Home to all manner of machinery that carries the iconic BMW badge, the single-manufacturer series lifts the curtain on a brand new season boasting a bumper multi-class grid.

Having seen a closely-fought 2020 campaign unfold, this year looks to have the makings of another great tussle with regular front runners James Card, Jas Sapra and Darren Morgan-Owen taking on a number of very quick newcomers, including Brad Sheehan, Mike Pensavalle and Bryan Bransom in the fight to be crowned champions.

To find out more information on this Monday’s race meeting, including links to the entry list and timetable, CLICK HERE.

Make sure you don’t miss a single lap of the action by subscribing to the BARC’s official YouTube channel and watching live, CLICK HERE.

Blockbuster BARC action at Cadwell Park as six more championships blast into life

Six championships lifted the curtain on their 2021 seasons in spectacular fashion at Cadwell Park this past weekend (April 24/25) on what proved to be a memorable few days for the British Automobile Racing Club.

Basking in bright sunshine across both days, the Lincolnshire venue provided a fitting backdrop for each category to begin the new campaign, with edge-of-the-seat entertainment served up around almost every corner.

Boasting a bumper 32-car grid and with six races being played out over the course of the weekend, the Legends Cars National Championship with MRF Tyres emerged as one of the headlines acts.

Former champion Miles Rudman kicked off proceedings with a superlative win in the opening encounter before Jack Parker and Steve Whitelegg took a win apiece to round out day one.

Rudman would repeat his race-winning heroics on Sunday as he tallied his second victory before former champion John Mickel opened his account for the year. The categories’ sixth and final heat would see a first for the Legends as Nick Bridgeman wrote his name into the history books as the latest race winner to cap off a meeting that will live long in the memory.

The next generation of motorsport stars showcased what they could do as the Junior Saloon Car Championship delivered a pair of blockbuster races. Providing drivers aged 14 to 17 with the opportunity to take the first steps in their car racing careers, this years entry list was largely made up of rookie competitors, with a few second-year contenders thrown into the mix as well.

Experience ultimately came to the fore as Harvey Caton and Charlie Hand scored a win apiece to kick-start their campaigns off on the right foot.

Peter Sparrow produced a masterful performance in the 2CVParts.com Championship, scoring a brace of wins to establish an early lead in the standings. Bidding to regain the title he lost last year, Sparrow powered his way to pole position for both races and duly converted them into commanding, albeit narrow, victories.

The Max5 Racing Championship saw similar levels of dominance as Paul Roddison laid down a marker to his rivals for the forthcoming season by bagging a pair of wins. One of the series’ most successful drivers, Roddison fended off the charging Andrew Pretorious on both occasions whilst Jeremy Shipley rounded out the podium positions.

There was nothing to separate Alex Cursley and Alistair Dendy in the Carbon8 Hyundai Coupe Cup with Toyo Tires as the pair shared the spoils. Cursley got the better of Dendy in the season-opener before the roles were reversed and Dendy exacted his revenge with a win of his own, leaving the pair level on achievements heading into the next event.

Rounding off the action during the weekend was a pair of full-throttle encounters from the Mighty Minis Championship. Renowned for produced close-quarter wheel-to-wheel action, the one-make series had a familiar feel to it in the Super Mighty Mini class as last years protagonists reignited their battle for supremacy.

Neven Kirkpatrick and reigning champion Ian Slark underlined their credentials as the drivers to beat as they each scored a win apiece. Elsewhere in the Mighty Mini category, Dan Heywood impressed with a brace of wins.

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

Cadwell Park awaits multiple championships ahead of spectacular weekend

More championships are set to begin their 2021 race seasons this weekend (April 24/25) as the British Automobile Racing Club heads to Lincolnshire to take on the picturesque challenges of Cadwell Park.

Renowned for producing close-quarter wheel-to-wheel action, the undulating 2.19-mile venue is a fitting backdrop for a host of full-throttle categories to begin on the road to title glory in the forthcoming months.

In what is being tipped as one of the most hotly anticipated campaigns in the series’ illustrious 27-year history, the Legends Cars National Championship with MRF Tyres has a sensational 32-car grid set to face six blockbuster races.

Defending champion Daniel Clark heads the bumper entry list but with the likes of former title winners John Mickel and Miles Rudman, as well as Jack Parker, Sean Smith, Will Gibson and Steve Whitelegg all vying for top spot – it’s set to be another memorable year for the ‘pocket rockets’.

Fresh off the back of their exploits on BBC One’s Top Gear, the Junior Saloon Car Championship is set to embark on another season with a stacked grid of aspiring 14 to 17-year-old’s aiming to kick-start their careers.

With double title-winner Lewis Saunders moving onto pastures new, the battle to crown a new champion is up for grabs and there is a long list of contenders who are keen to set their stalls out as the early pace-setter. Charlie Hand, Harry Rice, Ruben Hage, Deagan Fairclough and Scholarship winner Chloe Grant are just a few notable entries to keep an eye on.

The 2CVParts.com Championship will begin another short, sharp season at the weekend with a healthy grid of the iconic machines primed and ready to blast into life.

Two 20-minute encounters are scheduled to take place around the flowing layout of Cadwell Park with a number of familiar names eyeing the too step of the podium including reigning champion Alec Graham, Pete Sparrow and Lien Davies.

Further nostalgic action is set to be produced by the much-loved Mighty Minis Championship. Based on the iconic Mini, the one-make series has forged a reputation for producing bumper-to-bumper action and this year looks to be no different with a competitive grid all set to do battle.

Split into the Mighty Mini and Super Mighty Mini classes, stalwarts Neven Kirkpatrick, Paul Ogborn, Ian Slark, Greg Jenkins and Stuart Coombs will all be in the mix for silverware.

Another category that will lift the curtain on its 2021 season is the Max5 Racing Championship. Run on the principle of exciting racing at an affordable price, the Max5 Racing category has yet another ultra-competitive entry list which is headed by series stalwarts Paul Roddison and Jon Halliwell.

Rounding out the weekend’s action will be a pair of races from the Carbon8 Hyundai Coupe Cup with Toyo Tires. Billed as a budget conscious, single-make series, the Coupe Cup has served up a feast of entertainment down the years and the twists and turns of Cadwell look set to throw up even more with a healthy grid confirmed for the curtain-raiser.

To find out more information on this weekend’s Cadwell Park race meeting – including links to live timing, timetable and final instructions – click here.

Please note that this event is being run in accordance with government guidelines and will therefore take place behind closed doors, without spectators being permitted.

2020 Season Review: Mighty Minis Championship

Never short of producing entertainment, the Mighty Minis Championship made its mark in 2020 as it delivered six rounds of scintillating door-to-door action across three unmissable events.

Home to one of the most iconic cars to ever go into mass production, the one-make series continued to garner a cult following as it produced full-throttle thrills and spills at Croft, Castle Combe and Thruxton.

Like several other British Automobile Racing Club categories, the Mighty Minis Championship had been set to end its season at Brands Hatch on November 7/8. However, due to the introduction of a second national lockdown the annual pilgrimage to the Kent venue was cancelled.

After narrowly missing out on the Mighty Mini crown to Greg Daw last year, Paul Ogborn bounced back with a vengeance this year to secure the title in style.

Four wins from the first four races provided the cornerstone of Ogborn’s charge, with two points finishes at Thruxton topping up the points pot.

Elsewhere, Ian Slark prevented Neven Kirkpatrick from successfully defending his Super Mighty Mini title after producing a commanding performance from start-to-finish.

Kirkpatrick hit the ground running winning three races on the bounce before Slark came to the fore at Castle Combe with a win of his own. Adding another victory in treacherous conditions at Thruxton, Slark was crowned champion by just six points over the ultra-consistent David Kirkpatrick.

Statement: Cancellation of this weekend’s British Truck meeting at Brands Hatch

This weekend’s concluding round of the BTRA British Truck Racing Championship has been cancelled. Although DCMS and Motorsport UK had designated the event as an Elite fixture, detailed discussions have been required with Kent County Council this week following the new lockdown decision.

Given the short timescales now available to competitors, officials and suppliers to make the necessary preparations at this late stage, BARC and MSV have decided to cancel the event in the best interests of the Club and its competitors.

All parties would like to make clear that this decision has no impact on next weekend’s BTCC championship finale at Brands Hatch.

Green light given to November 7/8 BARC race meeting at Brands Hatch

The British Automobile Racing Club is delighted to confirm that the green light has been given for this weekend’s (November 7/8) British Truck Championship race meeting at Brands Hatch to take place as originally planned.

Having consulted with the Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for guidance, governing body Motorsport UK has confirmed that elite motorsport events will be able to continue over the coming weeks, which includes both this weekend’s British Truck Championship and next week’s British Touring Car Championship finale.

Brands Hatch will therefore host the final rounds of the BTRA British Truck Racing Championship on Saturday and Sunday, with three former champions – Ryan Smith, David Jenkins and Stuart Oliver – all in contention for the coveted 2020 Division 1 title.

Mixed conditions add to the BARC spectacle at Thruxton

Mixed weather conditions added to the on-track spectacle at Thruxton this past weekend (October 24/25) as the British Automobile Racing Club took centre stage on home turf for a blockbuster two days of racing.

On what proved to be a frenetic race meeting in front of an appreciative crowd, bright sunshine and heavy showers played its part as championship battles raged on.

The C1 Challenge wrote the latest chapter of its ever-growing illustrious history as it made its first visit to Thruxton. Boasting a 45-car entry list, the one-make series starred on Sunday afternoon as an epic three-hour endurance race unfolded around the high-speed Hampshire venue.

Completing a total of 96 laps, the Hybrid Tune trio of Stephen James, David Meenan and Ben Simonds ran out as race winners, scoring victory by more than 90 seconds at the chequered flag.

Fans of Mini racing were treated to a feast of entertainment over the course of the weekend as both the Mighty Minis Championship and the Mini Seven Racing Club served up exhilarating wheel-to-wheel action.

Ian Slark and David Kirpatrick shared the spoils in the two Mighty Mini encounters whilst there was plenty of variety when it came to the winners of the Mini Seven contingent.

In the Dunlop National Mini Challenge supported by Mini Spares Miglia category, Rupert Deeth bagged an impressive brace with Sam Summerhayes clinching the remaining win.

Summerhayes then jumped across to the Dunlop National Mini Challenge supported by Mini Spares Se7en class and tallied another win before Joe Thompson and Jeff Smith also triumphed.

The Kumho BMW Championship battled the treacherous conditions and delivered two scintillating contests. Brad Sheehan powered his E46 M3 to victory in the opener before Michael Pensaville bounced back from a retirement to prevail in race two.

Rounding out the weekend were two BARC Open Sports/Saloon races, both of which were won by Jamie Sturges at the wheel of his Seat Leon TCR.

To view the full classification of results from every session at Thruxton, click here.

The British Automobile Racing Club returns to Thruxton this coming weekend (October 31/November 1) with the BTRA British Truck Racing Championship taking centre stage.

Thruxton thrill ride awaits BARC championships

The British Automobile Racing Club is gearing up for the first of two blockbuster events at its spiritual home of Thruxton this coming weekend (October 24/25) as a host of championships continue their 2020 campaigns.

Put together post-lockdown to provide an extra date on the calendar for a number of series, the fastest circuit in the UK is set to undoubtedly get pulses racing as title battles reach fever pitch and drivers duke it out for outright bragging rights.

Taking centre stage at the Hampshire venue for the first-time ever is the C1 Challenge. Providing a low-cost method of going endurance racing, the C1 Challenge has proven to be one of the fastest growing categories in the country since launching midway through 2017.

Often boasting huge grids, this weekend’s three-hour encounter is set to provide an abundance of thrills and spills as teams and drivers bid to write their name into the history books as the first winners at Thruxton.

Unlike the C1 Challenge, the Kumho BMW Championship is no stranger to Thruxton having been a regular fixture at the circuit down the years. Home to all manner of models produced by the Bavarian manufacturer, the multi-class series has become a haven for full-throttle action.

Notable names to keep an eye on over the course of the weekend’s two races include James Card, Sunny Gill, Brad Sheehan and Darren Morgan-Owen, amongst others.

Thruxton will mark the penultimate event of the Mighty Minis Championship season and it is all to play for in the race to be crowned champion. Paul Ogborn holds the advantage in the Mighty Mini class whilst Neven Kirkpatrick finds himself in a similar position in the Super Mighty Mini category.

As is the case when it comes to the Mighty Minis contingent however, both Ogborn and Kirkpatrick can’t rest for a second as things can change in an instant and each driver has a host of contenders chasing them down.

Further slipstreaming, wheel-to-wheel Mini madness will come in the shape of the Mini Seven Championship and Mini Miglia Championship. Stealing the show when they appeared on the TOCA support package at Thruxton last year, edge of the seat entertainment is all-but guaranteed.

Rounding out the weekend’s track action will be two innovative Open Sports/Saloon car races after debuting at Mallory Park in late August.

Open to competitors who drive open/closed roof Sports & Saloon cars, regardless of what championship or racing club they compete in, providing they meet current Motorsport UK safety regulations, the new initiative is proving to be popular.

The format guarantees that everyone will be racing against those doing similar lap times, irrespective of the car they are driving, leading to much closer competition. Classes will be changed post-qualifying and post-race if competitors run two or more laps faster in a qualifying session or race than their nominated class allowance stipulates.

To find out more information on this weekend’s event at Thruxton, click here.