Thruxton completes further safety developments of Church Corner

Thruxton Circuit has continued in its efforts to ensure the highest levels of safety with the completion of further improvements being made to the run-off of Church Corner, often referred to as the fastest corner in British motor racing.

The British Automobile Racing Club operated venue had intended to proceed with the planned developments during the upcoming winter months however the suspension of motorsport due to the coronavirus pandemic allowed the work to be brought forward.

Having carried out a number of upgrades to the infamous corner in recent years, including the levelling of the ground and moving the barriers further back, recent months has seen extensive labour take place.

Manoeuvring more than 150,000 cubic metres of earth, a total of 580 metres of armco has been newly put in place around the corner; made up of 173 posts and no less than 652 car tyres.

Whilst the work has been substantial, the characteristics of the corner and challenges that it presents have crucially remained the same, much to the delight of competitors and spectators alike.

Pat Blakeney, Thruxton Operations Manager, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve now completed this vital safety enhancement to the circuit. This work was originally planned to be done over this winter but when the country went into lockdown this spring it gave us an ideal opportunity to do this with the virtual guarantee of some decent weather.

“In conjunction with our Landlord and their landfill contractors the work was completed on time and this in turn enabled us to run our first race meeting of 2020 at the end of July.

“At present Church Corner looks very different from a drivers perspective but the corner remains the same and I’m sure that by the time the grass grows and we’re a year or two down the line, nobody will remember what it used to look like.

“Thruxton is now in it’s 52nd year of operation, with the track layout totally unchanged so it was important to us to both improve driver safety but to also preserve what has to be one of the most iconic corners in the country.”

The Hampshire venue is now making preparations for the annual visit of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship on September 19/20. To view the latest information on this race meeting, head to https://thruxtonracing.co.uk/racing/btcc.

Thruxton Circuit announces five-event post-lockdown calendar

Thruxton Circuit is making preparations for a busy second half of the 2020 motorsport season after announcing a post-lockdown schedule comprising of five events.

With UK motor racing having been suspended since late March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the much-loved Hampshire track has worked hard to piece together a calendar.

The Classic Sports Car Club will kick off what is set to be a feast of on-track entertainment over the coming months with its eclectic mix of infamous racers going wheel-to-wheel on July 25/26.

On August 15/16, the high-speed venue will then take a trip down memory lane as a bygone era of machinery takes centre stage for the coveted ‘Thruxton Historic’ meeting.

One week later on August 22/23, attention will turn to the British Racing & Sports Car Club as it makes a welcome return with multiple Caterham categories and Fun Cup Championship topping the bill.

Moving from its traditional May date, the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship and TOCA support categories will speed into the fastest circuit in the country on September 19/20.

As the 2020 campaign begins to edge towards its conclusion, three high-octane races from Britain’s premier race series will provide plenty of tin top thrills and spills.

Rounding out Thruxton’s revised schedule will be a two-day event hosted by the British Automobile Racing Club on October 24/25.

Unfortunately, both the Bennetts British Superbike Championship and the BTRC British Truck Racing Championship meetings have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will now return in 2021.

All dates and events remain provisional and subject to change in line with the latest government guidelines.

The CSCC race meeting will be run behind closed doors (no spectators) but the venue is hopeful that spectators will be able to attend the remaining events. Confirmation is expected in the next few weeks.

Thruxton Circuit – Revised Provisional 2020 Calendar

July 25/26 – Classic Sports Car Club

August 15/16 – Thruxton Historic

August 22/23 – British Racing & Sports Car Club

September 19/20 – Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship

October 24/25 – British Automobile Racing Club

Thruxton’s Christmas Cracker: Festive discounts on 2020 BSB and BTCC tickets

Black Friday and Cyber Monday might have been and gone, but there is still time to grab a Christmas bargain at Thruxton, with a host of festive discounts on tickets to next season’s Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship and Bennetts British Superbike Championship race meetings in Hampshire.

The BTCC and BSB represent the very best in UK motorsport, and are Thruxton’s biggest two events of the year, with Britain’s most talented two and four-wheeled warriors tackling the fastest circuit in the country as they go doorhandle-to-doorhandle and fairing-to-fairing at speeds of up to 160mph.

It pays to be quick off-track, too, with special offers on advance ticket sales until 31 December. The BTCC heroes will speed back into Thruxton on 16/17 May, with tempting reductions of up to 32 per cent for early bird buyers.

Adult Weekend Super-Savers have been reduced from £92 to £63 – including two days’ admission with paddock pass, a grandstand seat throughout and a race programme. Adult Race Day Savers – again with paddock pass – are down from £45 to £34. More information can be found at thruxtonracing.co.uk/racing/btcc.

Similar deals are available on BSB tickets for two-wheeled fans. Adult Three-Day Super-Savers – including three days’ admission with paddock pass, a grandstand seat throughout and a race programme – are reduced from £100 to £70. Adult Weekend Super-Savers – offering all the same benefits but over two days rather than three – have been discounted from £92 to £63, with Adult Race Day Savers (including paddock pass) £34 rather than £45.

More information can be found at thruxtonracing.co.uk/racing/bsb, with accompanied children aged 12 and under admitted free of charge to all Thruxton race meetings.

Both high-octane events provide a surplus of entertainment for all ages and plenty of action-packed racing from the star-studded headline act to the many fast-paced, edge-of-the-seat support series – Christmas come early indeed.

“We are delighted to be able to offer our usual advance ticket deals to those who like to get their orders in early,” said Pat Blakeney, Group Operations Manager at Thruxton Circuit. “With significant discounts of up to 37 per cent on a wide variety of tickets for our two biggest events of the year, there is extra incentive to buy now – the perfect Christmas gift for the motorsport fan in your family.

“The British Touring Car Championship and British Superbike Championship never fail to entertain, and with only one opportunity per year to catch the stars of the show on-track here at Thruxton, you really don’t want to miss out. So don’t delay – because our special Santa savings won’t be around forever!”

More information about all of Thruxton’s race meetings can be found at www.thruxtonracing.co.uk/racing or by calling 01264 882222.

All I want for Christmas is… High-speed thrills in Hampshire!

Searching for inspiration for what to buy the petrol-head in your life? Then search no further… Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire has a Santa’s sackful of Christmas gift ideas, all of which involve high-speed high-jinks around Britain’s fastest racetrack.

Catering to all ages and abilities, Thruxton’s hugely popular driving experiences guarantee a high-octane day out of the very highest order – both on and off-road – where the cars are most definitely the stars.

The latest Ford Mustang – the ultimate American muscle car – is the newest addition to Thruxton’s impressive fleet and perfectly complements the other offerings in the stable, which houses an awful lot of horses indeed.

There is an Italian stallion in the shape of Ferrari’s 458 Spider – scarlet red, naturally – as well as a bevy of quintessentially British beauties. The elegant Jaguar F-Type SVR looks quick just sat still, while the carbon-fibre McLaren 570S is a magnificent piece of machinery that boasts the highest power-to-weight ratio in its class.

If James Bond is more your style, the speed and sophistication of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 awaits. Around Thruxton’s flat-out sweepers, it’ll be sure to leave you feeling shaken, not stirred.

Teutonic engineering perfection can be found in both the Porsche Cayman and Audi R8, or for budding Lewis Hamiltons, a Formula Renault single-seater racing car – similar to that in which the six-time Formula 1 World Champion first earned his motorsport spurs – offers an edge-of-the-seat glimpse of life in the fast lane.

Juniors – aged 12 and above and at least 4ft10in (1.47m) tall – can learn all the essential skills and basic techniques required to stay safe on the road, whilst Thruxton’s state-of-the-art skid pan and purpose-built 4×4 facility pose an altogether different challenge when it comes to car control.

Experiences start from as little as £69 right up to the all-encompassing Ultimate Supercar Driving Experience, which includes driving time in a range of supercars, sportscars and racing cars plus high-speed passenger blasts. Whatever you choose, an unforgettable white-knuckle ride is guaranteed.

All experiences begin with expert tuition from fully-qualified racing instructors – with the option to jump in alongside former F1 and Le Mans racer and Top Gear TV star Tiff Needell in his ‘sideways special’ BMW M4.

All driving experiences can be purchased as an open gift voucher valid for one year, allowing the lucky recipient to book a date convenient to them. Not sure what to buy? Monetary gift vouchers – beginning at just £50 – allow the recipient to choose the driving experience themselves.

More information can be found at www.thruxtonracing.co.uk/experiences or by calling 01264 882222

Thruxton Circuit revved up for spectacular summer of motorsport in 2020

Thruxton Circuit is gearing up for another packed programme of motorsport action in 2020 after unveiling a blockbuster events schedule which will see some of the biggest championships and clubs headline at the Hampshire venue.

Coming off the back of memorable 2019 season, six events will take place at the home of the British Automobile Racing Club over the course of the year, starting in mid May and ending in late August.

Kicking off the season around the fastest circuit in the UK will be the annual TOCA test day on April 16, which will see the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship and support categories provide a taster of what is to come around the fastest motor racing circuit in the country.

One month later, the BTCC will return for the fourth event of its 2020 campaign with three high-octane races headlining what will undoubtedly be an unforgettable weekend of tin top thrills and spills. 

The start of June will see Thruxton take a trip down memory lane as a bygone era of machinery takes centre stage for the ‘Thruxton Historic’ meeting before the heavyweight behemoths of the MV Commercial BTRA Championship top the bill at the end of the month.

July will see Thruxton welcome the Classic Sports Car Club once again before the adrenaline-pumping two-wheeled heroes of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship make their traditional summer visit.

Bringing the curtain down on an unforgettable summer of motorsport at Thruxton will be the return to the British Racing & Sports Car Club at the end of August.

THRUXTON CIRCUIT 2020 CALENDAR

April 16 – TOCA Test Day

May 16/17 – Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship

June 6/7 – Thruxton Historic

June 27/28 – British Truck Racing

July 25/26 – Classic Sports Car Club

August 7/8/9 – Bennetts British Superbike Championship

August 22/23 – British Racing Sports Car Club

Tickets to all 2020 Thruxton race meetings are now available to purchase online from https://thruxtonracing.co.uk/racing or call 01264 882200 (option 1).

Five BARC marshal training days confirmed for early 2019

The British Automobile Racing Club can confirm that it will run a total of five marshal training days prior to the 2019 motorsport season roaring into life.

Pembrey, Croft and Thruxton, all BARC venues, as well as the infamous Chateau Impney will provide the backdrop to the training days between the end of January and early March.

Every event organised and run by the BARC needs marshals and all marshals, whatever they are doing, are contributing to the success and smooth running of the meeting.

With training provided to cover a wide range of topics such as fire safety to pit lane operation and teamwork; marshal training covers a wide variety of key attributes in preparing those heading trackside for the forthcoming season.

For more information on how to take part and be involved regarding marshal training for 2019 (dates listed below) then please contact BARC Marshals Secretary Paula Brown via pbrown@barc.net.

2019 MARSHAL TRAINING DATES

Pembrey – January 27

Chateau Impney – February 2

Croft – February 16

Thruxton – March 16/17

More information on each respective training day is expected to be confirmed in due course.

Providing an outlet to become actively involved and contribute to the sport, marshalling has become an integral part of motorsport within not only the BARC but also around the world with several UK marshals being selected for worldwide events.

To find out more about marshalling with the BARC and how to get involved, click here.

2019 BTCC tickets for Thruxton and Croft now on sale

Tickets for the Thruxton and Croft rounds of the 2019 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship are now on sale, with discounted prices confirmed in the run up to Christmas.

With the festive period rapidly approaching, BTCC tickets at British Automobile Racing Club circuits are set to be the perfect present for the petrolhead in your life.

Coming off the back of a pulsating and successful 2018 season, Britain’s premier race series will once again travel the length and breadth of the country, with an expected capacity entry list battling it out across 30 races.

Thruxton, the fastest circuit in the UK, will stage two stops on calendar in 2019 having picked up a round following the demise of Rockingham. The additional date means Thruxton will now stage two rounds of the championship in a single season for the first time since 2007.

The BTCC will first visit the high-speed Hampshire venue on May 18/19 before returning later in the year as the title race gathers momentum during the second half of the season on August 17/18.

Croft meanwhile has an earlier spot on the calendar for next year as it plays host to the fourth event of the 2019 campaign, taking place on June 15/16.

Thruxton – May 18/19 2019

Visit http://thruxtonracing.co.uk/racing/btcc to view full ticket offers

Croft – June 15/16 2019

Visit http://croftcircuit.co.uk/racing/btcc to view full ticket offers

Thruxton – August 17/18 2019 

Visit http://thruxtonracing.co.uk/racing/btcc-aug to view full ticket offers

Thruxton revs up for 2019 with launch of new Motorsport summer showcase

Summers are about to get louder, faster and even more exciting at Thruxton Circuit with the launch of a fantastic new event on 1-2 June 2019 celebrating all things motorsport and automotive.

In a year of fabulous festivities to mark the venue’s Golden Jubilee, which was crowned by June’s 50th Anniversary Celebration centrepiece, the event’s success and the immensely positive feedback from visitors has been the driving force behind making the Thruxton Motorsport Celebration an annual highlight of its schedule.

Over two days visitors will be treated to a wealth of on-track racing action with glorious machinery from across the decades courtesy of Historic Promotions.

Visitors will also be able to admire exquisite exhibitions from a number of attending car clubs and absorb the sights, sounds and smells of high-octane motorsport around the UK’s fastest motor racing circuit.

With a host of activities taking place both on and off track, including kids’ activities, Supercar Displays, Skid-Pan demonstrations and much more, the Thruxton Motorsport Celebration will be the perfect summer day out for the whole family.

Bill Coombs, Thruxton Group Managing Director, commented: “It’s been a year to remember for Thruxton Circuit with a host of immensely popular events to mark our Golden Jubilee prompting overwhelmingly positive feedback from visitors. It is by reminiscing about our illustrious history that we became inspired for the future with the launch of the Thruxton Motorsport Celebration.

“A high-octane weekend of exhilarating sights and sounds and thrilling racing action, whether you’re a petrolhead or not, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. We’re certain the Thruxton Motorsport Celebration will become a huge regional summer highlight for years to come.”

Duncan Wiltshire, Chairman of Historic Promotions, added: “The 2018 Thruxton 50th Anniversary Celebration weekend was a huge success and we were delighted to be taking part with our historic grids from Motor Racing Legends.

“Historic Promotions is now very much looking forward to working with Thruxton to launch and develop its exciting new Thruxton Motorsport Celebration, which is certain to be a highlight of the summer schedule with even better racing, more clubs, and a variety of other attractions for all the family.

“We’re aiming to bring all our experience and enthusiasm to this exciting new event at one of the most important and historic circuits in the country.”

In addition to the Thruxton Motorsport Celebration, the venue is already gearing up for a packed programme of motorsport action in 2019.

Highlights include two rounds of the immensely popular British Touring Car Championship, the first taking place on 18-19 May before the series returns on 17-18 August 2019 for more world famous wheel-to-wheel action.

The adrenaline-pumping British Superbike Championship will also take up its traditional summer spot with three days of full throttle two-wheel racing taking place on 2-4 August 2019.

2019 Thruxton Meeting Dates

18th – 19th May: British Touring Car Championship (BTCC)

1st – 2nd June: Thruxton Motorsport Celebration

29th – 30th June: British Truck Racing Association Championship

2nd – 4th August: British Superbike Championship (BSB)

17th – 18th August: British Touring Car Championship (BTCC)

21st – 22nd September: – Classic Sportscar Club (CSCC)