Rockingham 2009 racing calendar

ROCKINGHAM ANNOUNCES TICKET PRICES FOR 2009 MOTOR RACING EVENTS

WITH the new motorsport season just around the corner Rockingham has announced plans to freeze adult admission prices for its club race meetings to help fans feeling the pinch from the credit crunch.

Rockingham has secured a strong racing calendar for 2009 and fans will have the opportunity to watch some of the most exciting and exhilarating club action in the UK at last year’s ticket prices.

The opening round of the Dunlop Great & British Motorsport Festival will provide the curtain-raiser to Rockingham’s 2009 season when it returns to the Northamptonshire circuit on April 18/19.

The Mini, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, features heavily on the bill with races from the Mini Cooper and Classic Mini (Se7ens and Miglia) providing plenty of nostalgia and excitement for racing fans of all ages.

In addition to the iconic British car, there will be non-stop action from the Radicals, TVRs, production saloons and Westfields plus the awesome 150mph Pick-up Trucks on the 1.5 mile banked oval.

The British Racing and Sports Car Club (BRSCC) and British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) both return to the circuit this season on July 18/19 and September 5/6 respectively with very exciting line-ups.

Along with the Pick-up Trucks, the BRSCC meeting offers the very best British club racing with the LMA Euro Saloon & Sport Cars, Alfashop Alfa Romeo, Formula 3 and Porsche 924 championships, Motor Lawyers Fiat Racing Challenge and the Open Sportscar Series.

Formula Renault, BMW, Classic Saloons, Post Historic Touring Cars, Group 1 Touring Cars, Classic Modified Saloons and the Pick-up Trucks feature on the bill for the autumn BARC race meeting, which guarantees plenty of thrills and spills.

Advance adult Sunday tickets for the Dunlop Great & British Motorsport Festival, the BRSCC and BARC club meetings cost just £12 or for the more dedicated fan, weekend passes are priced at only £18, while entry on Saturday is £8.

Adult tickets for all three meetings will be available on the gate and will cost £15 (Sunday), £20 (weekend) and £10 (Saturday) respectively.

Rockingham is also hosting The Cooper Tires British F3 International Series and Avon Tyres British GT Championship on May 30/31 for a third consecutive year, where some of Europe’s potential Formula One stars will be on show.

Advance adult tickets are on sale for this event and cost £16 (Sunday), £20 (weekend) and £10 (Saturday) respectively or can be purchased on the gate priced at £20 (Sunday), £25 (weekend) and £12 (Saturday).

The HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship is back on September 19/20, and after two successful seasons of hosting the UK’s premier race series, the circuit has been handed the penultimate rounds.

These rounds traditionally provide nail-biting action in the run-up to deciding the BTCC title and fans can save up to 20 per cent on adult admission prices by booking in advance to make sure they do not miss any of the drama.

Advance race day tickets are priced at just £23 (Sunday) while weekend passes cost £28 and entry to Saturday’s qualifiers is £11. Tickets can be purchased on the gate at £28 (Sunday), £32 (weekend) and £12 (Saturday) respectively.

December sees the return of the popular Rockingham Stages for the sixth year running as the circuit continues to support rallying at grass roots level.

Rockingham Director Charlotte Orton said: “We are delighted to have secured another strong line-up for 2009 and the high-quality of race meetings promises to build on the success of the past two years.

“Rockingham is a world-class venue and we always receive very positive feedback from drivers and fans alike. Drivers benefit from comprehensive, modern facilities while spectators are able to catch every second of the action from the grandstand seating.”

During each race weekend there will be plenty of opportunity to get close to the racing action with an open paddock and free grandstand seats for everyone.

Rockingham prides itself as being one of the most family-friendly motor racing venues and the circuit is delighted to once again offer free admission for all children aged 15-years-old and under*.

Rockingham season passes for all 2009 events are also available at last year’s prices and will provide holders access to at least six race events, including the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship, and cost a recession busting £99 each.

Advanced bookings for all race meetings can be made by calling the ticket hotline on 01536 500500 or on-line at rockingham.co.uk - fans who are registered disabled can apply for a free season pass for their carer. Written proof is required.

*Maximum two child tickets per one paying adult