British GT - 2017

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British GT 2017 - Sean Randall…

Track Information and History

This was Britain's first oval speedway built since the demise of since Brooklands. It has seen oval racing action of the highest standard in its past, but oval racing quickly faded and today it is the infield road course that is used mostly.

built on derelict wastelands of a former steelworks at Corby in Northamptonshire. It wa sthe brain child of Peter Davies an entrepreneur who had dabbled with racing at an earlier age when, upon seeing the old abandoned industrial land, sensed there was an opportunity.

Purchasing the land in 1991 Davies set to to work. By 1993, a detailed planning application was approved, Originally Named Deene Raceway after the former iron ore quarry on which it was to be built. Davies' problem was he didn't have the finances to complete the project.

By 1999 Davies went public, renaming the project Rockingham Motor Speedway after the nearby local landmark, Rockingham Castle. There was finally building work on the site. Still requiring the finances to begin, Davies went and saw Guy Hands, the financier and investor who was interested in the project and, after months of discussions agreed a personal deal to stump up the funds for construction.

The end of May 1999 saw work start on the site and with the involvement of US racing mogul Gerry Forsythe, Davies was provided additional capital, but it was forsythe's expertise and contacts in the US racing world which were just as valuable.

The construction continued through to the early part of 2001, with Hands imposing changes on the management structure at Rockingham. Keen to secure a headline event for the new track, investment was doubled to speed up the construction in order to secure a round of CART Champ Car series, which was ready to expand into Europe for 2001. Jerry Forsythe's assistance was invaluable and it was no surprise when Rockingham duly appeared on the CART schedule as part of European double-header with the equally new Lausitzring in Germany.

Rockingham opened for business on Monday 15 January 2001. The facility was certainly impressive; as Britain's first all-seater motor sports stadium, it could cater for 52,000 spectators.

Among the series to race on the new circuit in its first year was the ASCAR championship for NASCAR-style stockcars. The championship was organised and funded by Rockingham itself in a bid to boost interest in US-style racing. However, the headline event in the inaugural season was undoubtedly the visit of the CART Champ Cars for the Rockingham 500.

When the teams arrived for practice and qualifying on September 19, it was in the immediate wake of the 9/11 terror attacks and just days after Alex Zanardi had a horrific crash at the Lausitzring. This presented the teams with a uneasy mood for the event. Adding to this mood a fault in the track's construction reared its head. Rain in the previous days had saturated the ground and an overly porous track surface allowed moisture to seep back through. Nothing happened for the first two days and practice was write-off.

A rescheduled event saw minimal practice and the race shortened to 300km. The following year's race was trouble free and able to go its full distance. Even better, Dario Franchitti was able to score an immensely popular home win for Team Green – his first win on an oval. However, a race-day attendance of just 25,000 meant the facility was under half-full and the CART events were making large losses.

Change was inevitable and Hands brought in new management and the pair ultimately found themselves as majority owners when Hands elected to cut his losses and sell out for a nominal fee.

A Northern Irish consortium bought out the management in 2006 and slowly the circuit's fortunes began to turn. A new focus saw non-motorsport events predominate, including manufacturer product launches, dealer training, track days and testing, and corporate and experience days.

The motorsport now centres on the the road circuit (most often on the clumsily-titled International Super Sportscar variant), with the BTCC established as a popular headline event, supplemented by Formula 3 and British GT races as well as club level car and bike events. This mix of events is ironically much closer to Peter Davies' original vision for the circuit, which now generates modest profits.

In April 2013 the ownership changed hands once again, as it was sold to Jersey-based investment group Grey Rock.

Track Layout

  • Rockingham Layout

    Length: 1.479 miles / 2.380 km

  • Rockingham Layout
    Intl Super Sportscar

    Length: 1.940 miles / 3.122 km

  • Rockingham Layout
    International Long

    Length: 2.560 miles / 4.120 km

  • Rockingham Layout
    International Short

    Length: 2.450 miles / 3.943 km

  • Rockingham Layout

    Length: 1.700 miles / 2.736 km

  • Rockingham Layout

    Length: 1.620 miles / 2.607 km

  • Rockingham Layout

    Length: 2.250 miles / 3.621 km

  • Rockingham Layout
    link Road

    Length: 1.310 miles / 2.108 km

  • Rockingham Layout

    Length: 0.970 miles / 1.561 km

  • Rockingham Layout

    Length: 0.670 miles / 1.078 km

  • Rockingham Layout

    Length: miles / km

Practical Information
Rockingham Tickets +
Shops and Supermarkets
ALDI, Rockingham Rd, Corby NN17 4AE +
Asda, Phoenix Park Way, Corby NN17 5DT +44 1536 203340
Iceland, Unit 1 Peel Retail Park Pheonix Way, Corby NN17 5DT +44 1536 268086
Lidl, Gainsborough Rd, Corby NN18 0RG +44 800 977 7766
tesco, Oakley Rd, Corby NN18 8AL +44 345 671 9565
Garages and Mechanics
MJ Autos Jbs Court, Gretton Brooke Road, Corby NN17 4BA +44 7749 032844
Mikeys Garage Ltd Maylan Court, Maylan Rd, Corby NN17 4DR +44 1536 601972
Phils Autos 13 Godwin Rd, Corby NN17 4DS +44 1536 200274
Central AutoPoint 33 Maylan Rd, Corby NN17 4DR +44 1536 261619
Corby Car Centre Kemp House, Brunel Rd, Corby NN17 4AU +1536 266155
Asda Courier Rd, Corby NN17 5DT +
BP Corby Rd, Weldon, Corby NN17 3HU +
Tesco Oakley Rd, Corby NN18 8AL +
Jet Rockingham Rd, Corby NN17 2AE +44 1536 262904
  • Travel and Transport

    How to get there and how to get around the track.

    The track is located near to Corby in Northamptonshire. The nearest international airports are Luton (64 Miles), Birmingham (57 miles) and East Midlands (61 miles) - all around 70 minutes drive from the circuit.

    By road it is easily accessible from the 1, M1, A14, A43 and the A6116. The circuit is well signposted with brown 'Rockingham Motor Speedway' / Checkered flag road signs in the vicinity, so finding it should not be too difficult. There is ample free parking on site.

    The track is located just two miles away from Corby's new train station, which opened in February 2009 and has an hourly direct link to London. You will need a taxi to the circuit from the train station.

    Information Links.

    DIAMOND CARS +44 1536 216363 »
    Lawson's +44 1536 400952 »
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    Other Links.

    Train Station Corby NN17 1TT »
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  • Maps

    The map room. All maps covering the track and surround areas

    Rockingham Map Rockingham Map Rockingham Map
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  • Hotels, Motels & Campsites
    Rockingham Camping Rockingham Mitchell Road, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN17 5AF +44 1536 500 500
    Best Western Rockingham Rockingham Rd, Corby NN17 2AE +44 1536 401348
    Hampton by Hilton Rockingham Leisure Park, Princewood Rd, Corby NN17 4AP +44 1536 211001
    Holiday Inn Corby Geddington Rd, Corby NN18 8ET +44 1536 401020
    Shoulder of Mutton 12 Chapel Rd, Weldon, Corby NN17 3HP +44 1536 601016
    The George Coaching Inn 5 Stamford Rd, Weldon, Corby NN17 3JL +44 1536 408808
    Chequered Flag Causeway Rd, Corby NN17 4AE +44 1536 263035
    Samuel Lloyd Rockingham Park, Rockingham Rd, Corby NN17 4AP +44 1536 447910
    The Shire Horse Willow Brook Rd, Corby NN17 2EB +44 1536 400321
    The Raven Hotel 63 Rockingham Rd, Corby NN17 1AG +44 1536 202313
    Rockingham Arms Studfall Ave, Corby NN17 1LQ +44 1536 202403
    Galaxy indian 101 Welland Vale Rd, Corby NN17 2AW +44 1536 202777
    Domino's Pizza The Food Pod, Rockingham Park, 1 Princewood Rd, Corby NN17 4AP +44 1536 264444
    Voujon Restaurant 101 Rockingham Rd, Corby NN17 1JW +44 1536 400135
    Oriental Fusion 97 Rockingham Rd, Corby NN17 1JW +44 1536 268989
    Decades Steakhouse Old Post Office, Rockingham Rd, Corby NN17 1AL +44 1536 660905
    A Tasca 89 Occupation Rd, Corby NN17 1EE +44 1536 206800
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