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.

2020 race dates:

July 25/26 – Classic Sports Car Club – Run behind closed doors. No Spectators

August 15/16 – Thruxton Historic

August 22/23 – British Racing & Sports Car Club

September 19/20 – Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship

October 24/25 – British Automobile Racing Club

All dates and events remain provisional and subject to change in line with the latest government guidelines.

BSB & BRITISH TRUCKS WILL RETURN IN 2021

Unfortunately, both the Bennetts British Superbike Championship and the BTRC British Truck Racing Championship meetings have been cancelled, but both will return in 2021.

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

Related:

Photos of BTCC at Thruxton August 2019
Photos of BTCC at Thruxton May 2019
Photos of Thruxton 50th Anniversary
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