Chequered flag comes down on Rockingham this Saturday

Chequered flag comes down on Rockingham this Saturday


THIS Saturday (November 24) history will be made as the chequered flag comes down on motor racing for the final time at Rockingham with the Northamptonshire circuit set to close at the end of the year after 17-years.

The Rockingham Super Send-Off will be a day of celebration, providing an opportunity for the motorsport community to say goodbye to the circuit both on and off the track, with seven races scheduled throughout the day followed by fireworks.

 Team Rockingham will be among the competitors on the grid for this landmark event, including the circuit's Chief Executive and former historic racing driver, Peter Hardman, who will be racing in both the Sports & GT class and one-hour encounter.

After competing in Rockingham's first major race meeting in May 2001, Peter will be hoping to go one better than his second place finish at the COYS Historical Festival this Saturday, when he gets behind the wheel of a Radical SR3.

Representing Team Rockingham in the Saloons class will be members of the circuit's C1 Racing Team, Head of Sales & Marketing Michael Galjaardt and Business Development Executive - Track Will Thomas. They will be joined by Stuart Wright and Gary Parkes.

An array of marques will be competing in the saloons, sports & GT and one-hour races, including Ginetta, Lotus, Porsche, Caterham, Renault, Mazda, Honda, Citroen, to name but a few. There will also be a trio of classics in the shape of an Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite, Sylva Phoenix and MGB Roadster.

In addition, there will be two 20-minute Formula Libre open-wheel races, which have attracted an equally diverse entry of single-seaters. All the racing action will take place on the International Super Sports Car Circuit.

Who will be the last race winners at Rockingham is unknown, but one thing is for certain: spectators can expect seven highly-competitive races, as all the drivers will be pulling out the stops to write their name in the history books.

Spectators can enjoy a great view of the races from the Rockingham Grandstand and the pit garage roof, while the Skyline Suite will be open for anyone who would like to keep warm. Hot food and drinks will be available from the Rockingham Diner.

Advance tickets cost just £10 and can be booked online at or via the hotline on 01536 500500, option 1, until midday Friday 23 November. Tickets will also be available on the gate priced £15. Under 16s get in free! Gates open at 08:00, the action starts at 08:45.

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