Thruxton Circuit

Village, Church, Brooklands… then hard on the brakes into Club chicane.

Thruxton is the fastest circuit in the UK and at 2.356 miles is also one of the longest.

History

The circuit is located 5 miles west of Andover in the county of Hampshire and was originally built in 1940 as RAF Thruxton. During 1942 and 1943 the airfield was used by many different RAF squadrons. In 1944 the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) arrived. The airfield was used during World War II for various purposes including operations during the D-Day landings.

1950 saw the arrival of motor racing, initially bikes and then in 52, cars.

Thruxton now plays host to a number of different racing categories and high profile championships such as the MCE British Superbikes and the British Touring Cars.

50th anniversary

Nigel Mansell CBE and Murray Walker OBE open the Thruxton Centre
Nigel Mansell CBE and Murray Walker OBE open the Thruxton Centre

2018 saw Thruxton celebrate 50 years – The first motorsport event to be held in the venue’s current guise was in March, 1968.

The Thruxton Centre – Thruxton Circuit’s new, £2 million state-of-the-art hospitality facility – was officially opened on Sunday, 3 June by 31-time Grand Prix-winner and 1992 Formula 1 World Champion, Nigel Mansell CBE alongside his lifelong friend and semi-retired motorsport commentator and journalist, Murray Walker OBE.

2019 race dates:

KWIKFIT BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 May

The British Touring Car Championship is the UK’s most illustrious championship and is followed all over the world. The racing is fast, close and full of action.

THRUXTON MOTORSPORT CELEBRATION
Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 June

A new annual two-day event – the Thruxton Motorsport Celebration. Visitors will be treated to incredible on-track racing action and a host of off track activities. The Thruxton Motorsport Celebration will be the perfect summer day out for the whole family.

BRITISH TRUCKS RACE MEETING
Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 June

The British Truck Championship and support races roll in to Thruxton. Spectacular racing is guaranteed. The race meeting features rounds of the British Truck Racing Championship and many support races.

BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Friday 2 – Sunday 4 August

The Bennetts British Superbike Championship in association with Pirelli lands at Thruxton Circuit. Three days of action pack, high-speed, two-wheel racing on the fastest Race Circuit in the UK.

KWIKFIT BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 August

The BTCC makes a second visit to Thruxton in 2019 for more high-speed racing action.

CLASSIC SPORTS CAR CLUB RACE MEETING
Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 September

The racing is always spectacular. The cars are an eclectic mix, many with a fascinating history.

Related:

Team BMW to defend BTCC 2018 titles with Turkington and Collard
Photos of BTCC 2018 at Thruxton
Photos of BTCC 2017 at Thruxton
Photos of BTCC 2016 at Thruxton
Photos of British Superbikes 2015 at Thruxton
Hampshire drivers podium success at BTCC 2015
Photos of BTCC 2015 at Thruxton
The MSA British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton 9-10 May 2015
The MSA Formula Championship at Thruxton 9-10 May 2015
British Superbikes 2013 at Thruxton
British Superbikes 2012 at Thruxton