PICKUPS RETURN TO THE ROCK!
The Pickups have a strong following at Rockingham. Photo: PAUL HORTON
The BRSCC Midland Centre brings a nineteen-race schedule to the Rockingham Motor Speedway this weekend, including the Pickup Truck Championship, who will be returning to their ‘home’ track today after three months on the road.
After qualifying in the last session this afternoon, the Pickups will have a pair of thirty five-lap races tomorrow and all the usual favourites will be in contention including Nic Grindrod, Paul Poulter, Pete Stevens, Phil White and Steve Dance.
Aside from Pickups, the three-championship portfolio offered by Ma5da Racing will dominate the schedule, accounting for eleven of the nineteen races. Cardiff’s Tom Roche heads the MX5 Mk1 championship and Luke Herbert has a very narrow lead in the MX5 Mk3 Cup, with just seven points separating him from Jordan Stilp. The title battle is equally tight in the MX150-R championship, where Kevin Dengate is just out-pointing Ma5da Racing boss Jonathan Blake.
The Logson Group Porsche Championship has been one of the success stories of the season, and twenty-three Boxsters and 924s will line-up on the Rockingham grid for what is a very important double-header. The main Boxster class looks like a three-way fight between Ric Styrin, Richard Sykes and Gerry Taylor, who will be determined to make up lost ground having had to miss the Silverstone rounds as he was helping to run the Olympic road cycling races. Steve Potts heads the Production class but Steven Brown closed the gap with two class wins at Silverstone. The 924s are led by Alastair Kirkham with Sean Siddall in hot pursuit but a win could come from anyone, as six different drivers have already registered a victory this season.
The Formula Jedi Championship will bring some single-seater action to the two-day meeting. With points available from a brace of twenty minute races, Boston’s Richard Mitcham could all but secure yet another title at what is his home circuit. He leads Barry Armstrong by sixty-four points but Armstrong will make him fight every inch of the way.
The power of the cars in the Dunlop TVR Challenge will be a remarkable sight as they tackle the banked section at Rockingham. The Challenge brings together a fantastic array of Tuscans, Cerberas and Tasmins. Dean Cook, Martin Crass, Keith Vaughan-Williams and Perry Waddams are the men in particular to keep an eye on.
For more information about the meeting, including the timetable and list of entries visit ROCKINGHAM RACE WEEKEND